Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Looking to streamline my thoughts.
Trading in posts for tweets... Indefinitely.
You can follow me @44darts

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Survived day 1.

Today was officially my first day as a doctor.
All in all, it went fine. Had a good mix of patients and the nursing staff were really helpful and supportive.

It was pretty busy. Wait times were pretty long. I don't think it was necessarily due to a lack of doctors but rather a lack of proper infrastructure. There were times when I'd be free to see a patient but no place to see them.

Case of the day was a young bloke that came in with right sided testicular pain that had started on Monday. Long story short his scrotum was the size of a tennis ball and just as hard too. An ultrasound showed no blood flow which is suggestive of a necrotic testis. I made a referral to the surgical team for testicular torsion with suspected necrosis, who then took him to theatre quite quickly. Unfortunately the outlook wasn't looking too good for this kid. I'll chase up what happened when I get back tomorrow but chances are high that he's probably lost his testicle. Poor guy.

Monday, January 17, 2011

all grown up.

today was my first day at work.

there have been some major changes since i last blogged about my upcoming intern year.
hanna and i did not move to bendigo, victoria.
back in november, we got a call from caboolture hospital offering an intern position for myself and a RMO position for hanna. caboolture is about a 60 min drive north of brisbane.

at first we were a little disappointed about the fact that hanna had to give up her spot at PA hospital (which is a much bigger and more specialized hospital) but in the end we're just grateful that we're able to be together.

we toyed with the idea of commuting to caboolture on a daily basis but decided that with our long and irregular hours at the hospital we'd be better off moving somewhere closer.
so this saturday, we move yet again. sure moving is a pain in the butt, but the upside is that our new place is bigger and costs 2/3s the rent we currently pay. so we're happy.

my rotations are as follows: 10 weeks emergency, 12 weeks O&G, 10 weeks psych, 10 weeks gen med and 10 weeks gen surg.

i'm actually pretty excited about starting work. and it's not just about finally making some money. :)

and guess what?? hanna also has 10 weeks of emergency to start!

Friday, January 14, 2011


i'm sure you've heard about the recent floods in queensland.
thank you for your concern. hanna and i are well. we are very grateful that the flood waters did not reach our suburb.

don't know if you've seen some of the pictures and videos on-line but they were just spectacular.

if you're wanting to help, the premier's flood relief appeal is still taking donations.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Off to a good start.

I rarely play the lottery.
but on the 31st with the jackpot at $31 million, hanna woke up and said we should get a ticket. so while picking up some groceries, i picked up a quickpick ticket.

and guess what? we got 4 out of the 6 numbers!

for a grand winning of $47.05!!!