Sunday, 28 September 2014

My Week #39

My Week #39 in my Filofax

 This week, I had the second dose of my Hepatitis B vaccine and my left arm was sore for  two days :(

Quote for the week.
Also, one of the patients I was looking after at work had two falls in 48 hours. The first fall was during my shift. One second, the patient was standing tall with the frame and the next second, they were on the floor. It was kinda scary as all I could think of at that moment was "Please don't die, please don't die, please don't die."
The patient had another fall the next morning but I wasn't working. All the necessary procedures have been carried out though and the patient is fine. Thank God.

In other news, I have finally finished editing out my personal statement. I just need to run it by a few people so they can check it.

Hope you guys had a good week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Medicine Application: My university choices and why

Hey guys,

This post is going to be about the universities I have chosen to apply to for 2015 entry and why. My case is not as straightforward as most others. I have three issues that are hindering my medicine application.

  1. I got a B in A Level Biology: If you have seen my stats in the "My Medicine Story" section, you may have noticed that I got AAAB in my A Levels and unfortunately, that B was in Biology-which was my favourite. It's not completely terrible but it does put me at a disadvantage as I can only apply to the universities that don't say "As in both Biology and Chemistry". A list of this unis are found in this post which I put up a few weeks back.
  2. I got As in Maths and Further Maths: Ok I know this doesn't sound like a problem but actually it is. Most medical schools won't consider Maths and F. Maths as two separate subjects and so my As in Chemistry, Maths and F. Maths would just be 2As in their eyes. This further reduces the number of universities I can apply to. It's in times like this that I regret not dropping Further Maths in the first place. 
  3. My UKCAT score: I have an average of 627.5 and I have no idea if that will be enough for the universities but I am still going to try anyway. 
These were the reasons why I applied to SGUL, Sheffield, Aberdeen and Dundee last year. However, I just found out this year that Sheffield has changed their academic entry requirements and will not be considering Maths and F. Maths as two separate subjects for 2015 entry.

Below is a list of the unis I could have applied to with my grades and I've cancelled the ones that I can't apply to now.

St George's

As you can probably see, things are pretty much worse than last year because
  • I can't apply to BMAT universities because I don't meet their academic requirements.
  • I can't even apply to some of the universities that will accept my grades because of my UKCAT.
Taking all these into consideration, my university choices are
  • St George's University London- Medicine (A100)
  • University of Dundee- Medicine (A100)
  • The University of Aberdeen- Medicine (A100)
  • St George's University London- Biomedical Science
  • The University of Bradford- Clinical Sciences/Medicine Foundation (Year 0)
So those are the unis and courses I am going to be applying for. SGUL give you an opportunity to transfer into third year of the 5 year medicine course if you meet certain requirements and there is also an opportunity to transfer to Leeds medical school from the Clinical Science course at Bradford. I am preparing myself to expect any outcome from this application and no matter what happens, I will accept it but I am still hoping for the best.
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

My Week #38

My Week #38 in my Filofax

This week went by way too fast. I've just been busy with work and I'm getting used to the whole routine. As of next week, I'll start working on my own and not shadow anyone so hopefully, everything goes well.
I'm still editing out my personal statement. I don't know why it's taking me so long to finish it. All I know is, the UCAS deadline for medicine applications is in less than a month and I have to get everything ready before then. Next post on Wednesday will be about the universities I've chosen to apply to for 2015 entry.
Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mini Collective Haul: Stationery and Hair Accessories

Hi guys,

I bought a few  things over the past couple of weeks taking advantage of the fact that the price of almost everything in stores are now reduced. So I have a mini collective haul for you today. 


I started out at WH Smith and got those cute white and blue sticky notes(£2.99), label makers(£1 ish) and a pocket notebook (£1.49). I plan on using the sticky notes in my journal and I wanted to try to relabel my filofax dividers so I bought the label makers. I got the notebook because I wanted to take notes during my induction/training for my healthcare assistant job. It has helped a lot now that I have started the job because I found out that I would have to jot down important things during my shift so having a pocket notebook in hand is extremely useful.

Then I went to Ryman and got butterfly and flower stickers (£1.09 each). I also got the glue which looks like correcting fluid. I had seen so many YouTubers use them to decorate their filofax pages so I starting looking for it and I finally found it in Ryman :) It was a bit over £2.

I went to Sainsbury's and I saw these heart and flower stickers and I couldn't not walk out of there without buying them because I thought they were so pretty plus, they were only £1 each.

I also got these magnetic page markers from a website called One thing I really love about these page markers is the fact that they have bible verses on  them and these are some of my favourite bible verses. I have been using paper clips to mark my pages but I wanted to try magnetic page markers as they won't slide as much as the paper clips. I got these for a little over £4 (postage and packaging included)

Then I got a purple plain Leuchturm1917 notebook from Ryman. I absolutely love the colour and the paper quality is quite good. I had heard so many things about the Moleskine paper quality being too low and so I decided to go for this one. They are £13.50 in the store bit  I paid £10 online and chose free delivery to the store. I plan on using it as a Faith notebook or prayer journal. 

Hair accessories:

I also got a few hair accessories. I am trying to keep healthy relaxed hair as I don't want to rely a lot on braids and weaves so I have started on my hair journey (as cheesy as that sounds). There will be more detailed posts in the future.
First thing I tried to get was a wide-toothed comb  as the biggest one we had at home still hurt when I used it to comb my hair. I got this one from Boots for £1.49. Its still as big as some I've seen but I had to start from somewhere. Then I also got some hair clips (£1.50) and bobby pins(£1) from Tesco. I know it says the hair clips are for kids but I got them anyway because I like them :)

Finally, I got another 2 sets of hair bands (£1 each) and more clips (£1.50) from Tesco.  I don't think one could have too many hair bands or clips.
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

My Week #37

This week, I started work as a health care assistant and I'm loving it so far.

My Week #37 in my Filofax 
I know I've only worked there for 3 days but even though my feet are always completely knackered after the shifts and I can barely walk to the bus stop, I'm already loving the friendly environment and the lovely people I get to meet everyday. The highlight of the week for me was a patient I met who loved yodelling and complimenting every single female carer he saw on their appearance and attitude :D

Also, total page views for this blog is now over 10,000 and I'm so happy. Thank you very much to anyone who reads my posts, comments and to those who have even chosen to subscribe. Your support is very much appreciated.
Hope you guys had an amazing week.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Managing my blog using my Filofax and technology.

Hello lovely people,

Today, I am going to be sharing with you how I currently manage my blog posts.

Divider for my blog section.

The sticky tabs I keep at the back of my dashboard are very useful in this section.

I use the blue Filofax notepaper that came with the Saffiano.

On the first sheet, I write down blog post ideas on the sticky tabs and keep them here. After I write up the blog posts, I strike them off or simply take the tabs off and replace them with new ones. So if I am on the bus for example and get an idea for a blog post, I just jot it down on a sticky tab and stick it on this page.

Next is a list of posts I am currently writing. I like writing them down to help me know which posts  I need to finish especially when the publish date is near.
I write a list of posts that are ready to go live with the dates next to them so I don't forget which posts I need to put up each week. Also, knowing the exact dates will help me to be able to know which posts to finish writing first so they will be ready in time.

I also use the S Planner app alongside my Filofax to help me organise my blog posts and I have to say this has really helped me a lot.
I use the monthly calender to mark the dates on which I'm going to publish a post. The picture shows how it looked like for the month of August. I tick them off as I go along.

When I click on the day, it tells me a new blog post needs to go up that day and I could even set a reminder.

This is the detailed view which tells me the title of the post that goes up on that day. 

I like using this app because I can plan posts many months in advance and right now I have planned the posts that are going to go up each week till the end of October.

Finally, I make sure I write down a reminder in my diary section so I don't forget to publish the posts.

I also have a page in my Filofax where I write down the stats for my blog. I record my total page views and number of followers from time to time. This might not be important for some people but it helps me to be able to find out which subjects my readers are most interested in plus I love seeing my numbers rise. It gives me motivation to keep blogging because I know that there are people out there reading my posts.

This is the system I have been using so far and it has worked pretty well for me. One thing I like about it is I don't have to keep buying paper all the time. If I do make a change, I will make an update in the future. Please comment if you have any other ideas about how to manage blog posts.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

My first day as a Healthcare Assistant

*I started writing this post yesterday but after work, I was too tired to finish writing so I couldn't post it. I can't be bothered to edit the post so please read as if it went live yesterday :) *

Hi guys,

Just got back from my very first 12 hour shift and so I thought I would get this out of the way before I forget about what I want to write about.

So I woke up really early this  morning (5:30 am) because I wanted to take the earliest train I could possibly get just because I didn't want to be late on my first day. The trains weren't delayed so I was able to get to the hospital on time.

I got to the ward and I introduced myself to one of the nurses I saw. I told her it was my first shift and she asked me if I wanted a cup of tea or coffee so I went ahead and made myself a cup of tea and we then we headed to the office. I wasn't expecting to see anyone in there so I was taken by surprise when I walked in and saw all the other HCAs and nurses seated in the room. Then I realised it was time for the night staff to handover to the day staff.

I was handed a booklet with necessary information I needed to know about all the patients that were presently in the ward.  I looked around and noticed everyone had one of the booklets too. Then the nurse started going through some information about what happened during the night shift and issues we needed to be concerned about. It was an awkward 15-20 mins because everyone else was writing God knows what and I didn't even have a pen so I just sat there staring at the paper and pretending to understand what was going on :(

Finally, I was handed over to my "mentor" for the day. She was very nice and I learnt a lot from her today. I got to do patient obs (blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate etc), helped during meal times and with everything else basically. The patients were lovely. There were awkward moments when I was left alone because I couldn't literally follow my mentor everywhere and I had a chat with some of the patients. One of them asked "Is this your first day?" and I said yes. Then she said "I can tell. You look nervous. Don't worry about it. You've got the best ward." I kept on repeating that to myself the throughout the day and it actually helped :D The other HCAs and nursing staff were really nice too. I liked the fact that I wasn't just thrown into the deep end and everyone was willing to help.

Overall, it wasn't too bad but my feet are killing me. I've had to stand for most of the day and even though I had two half hour breaks, it feels as if I've been on my feet for 24 hours. I really do hope I will get used to it and not feel so tired after because almost all my shifts are 12 hour shifts.

The only thing consoling me now is the fact that I'm not going to work tomorrow so I'm going to rest and start all over again on Wednesday and then the same thing on Friday.
I'll leave you guys now and go to bed.
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

my week #36

This week, I started my induction as a healthcare assistant. We covered a number of topics over the period of five days such as Mental Health Capacity, Infection Control, CPR, Palliative Care, Fraud, Moving and Handling and so many others.

My Week #36 in my Filofax

Most of the topics were interesting but because there were too many of them, they were kinda hard to take in. I'll be surprised if I can still remember half of it when I start.
And speaking of starting, my first shift is tomorrow at 7 a.m. It is a twelve hour shift so I will be finishing at 7pm. I am so nervous and I am excited as well. I just want to make a good first impression. I'm hoping it won't be too overwhelming so I'm keeping calm. Whoever reads this, please pray for me.

Hope you guys had a good week.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Medicine Application: Updating my personal statement

Hi guys,

I had promised in a previous post that I was going to write about updating my medicine personal statement so here it is. 
Before I go into what I've done with my personal statement so far this year, I would like to write a bit about my previous personal statements.

Before I applied in 2012, I had not carried out any healthcare related work experience at all. The only experience I had was the volunteering I did at a Summer school in the summer of 2012 and I would have to admit that I didn't have a lot to write about. I talked about my A Levels and why I chose them (as in how they would help me in a medical career). I talked about my volunteering and I also mentioned that I was going to carry out hospital work experience in October 2012 (after I had applied). Overall, now that I think about it, I would say my first personal statement was very very weak. My whole application in general was really weak- hence, the 4 pre-interview rejections.

My second personal statement was a lot better. I was able to write about that hospital work experience and the Summer School and Charity Shop volunteering. I made sure to focus on what I learnt and the skills I developed which helped a lot. I applied to Sheffield (personal statement heavy uni) last year and after scoring my personal statement, they decided to give me a Biomedical Science offer because they thought my personal statement was not good enough for an interview but it was not horrible enough to get a straight rejection either. So I'll take that as it wasn't too bad but it could have been better.

This year, I have been debating a lot about whether to start from scratch or to just add some bits and edit my personal statement. The second time, I started from scratch because my first ps was rubbish. This time however, I felt it would be best if I just add to my last personal statement to make it better rather than start from scratch. The most important thing would be to add my new experiences- working in a nursing home and hospital. Then I might twist some other bits around, delete some parts as well to make it flow better. I  started work on it last week and I have edited out a lot that it almost feels as if I have started from scratch. My main aim is to get it done within the next two weeks so I can get my teachers at College (who are still willing to help) to look at it. I have also been wanting to use the TSR PS help service but it seems to have been closed down temporarily.

Anyway, that's all I have for now. I will post updates about how I get on with my personal statement.
Thanks for reading.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Song Of The Month: He knows

Song of the month: He knows by Karen Clark Sheard ft Dorinda Clark

"He knows all about our struggles. He knows every sorrow that's coming tomorrow. He'll never put more on us than we can bear. He knows about it."

1 Corinthians 10:13
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation  to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure. :)

Have a wonderful month.