Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Ethical Scenarios #1

Hey guys,

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a fellow blogger who is also a medical student and blogs over at Stethoscopes,bows and all things inbetween. She wants to bring together a group of medical students/ medicine applicants who are interested in looking at some ethical scenarios. This would be a great way to prepare for interviews, exams and also to get to know fellow bloggers or just for a general learning experience for those who are not medical students or medicine applicants. From what I understand, a scenario will be given and each person will make a blog post giving their thoughts and then someone will maybe set the next scenario to be reviewed and we will all have a go and so forth.

First scenario:

"As a medical student, you a shadowing a doctor who only speaks English. A mother and daughter have come for a consultation, but the mother does not speak English, so the daughter is acting as the translator. You are able to speak the same language as the mother and daughter (let's say French).

The doctor has told the daughter to tell her mother, that "the treatment is no longer working, and that there is nothing more the doctors can do, but there are drugs that can make her more comfortable"

Because you speak the same language, you know the daughter told her mother "the doctor said that everything is going well, but the doctor wants to try stronger medicines, that will make you get ill, but then you will get better"

What will you do next? Why would you do this?

My thoughts;

"Before deciding on what exactly to do, I think there are a couple of things that need to be taken into consideration.

  1. Well first of all, the mother is not able to understand English and so has no idea what the doctor is telling her. The only way the information can be channeled across is by speaking French. 
  2. The mother trusts her daughter and is relying on her to tell her the correct information from the doctor.
  3. It is very important that the mother gets the right information because she has the right to know in order to be able to make an informed decision.
  4. The medical student understands the language and knows that the daughter has not actually told her mother what the doctor said. The mother needs to know that she is dying but will now believe that the medicines will make her ill and then she will get better which will most likely not be the case.
Maybe the daughter thinks that telling her mother she is going to die will cause her to become distressed but she is an adult and I personally think that it is unfair to let her believe something else. Taking all these into consideration as the medical student, I will ask to speak to the doctor privately after the meeting and explain to him that I speak the same language and that I don't think the daughter told her mother exactly what she was told. I would suggest the doctor speaks to the daughter in the absence of her mother to try and encourage her to make sure she tells her mother exactly what is going on as she has the right to know. 

The daughter can either agree and tell her mother the truth or still refuse to do it. In that case, I think it would be best to get in a professional translator to tell her mother the right information in the future although I don't know how well that will go down with the daughter.

What does everyone else think?
Please feel free to join in or comment below what you think about this scenario.
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

My Week #43

This week, I noticed some shops have already put up Christmas lights, trees, cards and other things for sale. This is a sign that 2014 is almost over.
My Week #43 in my Filofax.
For the Brits, I guess it's never too early to start planning for Christmas. Is there anyone who has already started planning? I know I've bought one present already but that's about it haha.

I also got a letter from the university of Aberdeen in the post confirming that they had received my medicine application. This would be my second letter from Scotland :D

Application Confirmation letter from University of Aberdeen
Work hasn't been too bad. On Friday though, one of the healthcare assistants called in sick and it was just me and one other hca that had to carry on. It was a bit stressful but we did get a lot of help from the nurses and I couldn't wait to go home that day.

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

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Planner Addict Tag

Hey guys,

So the lovely YouTuber called MyPlanner created the "Planner Addict Tag" and so I thought I would join in the fun before all the excitement fades away. Her original video is found below.

And here are questions and my answers.
  1. What planner are you currently using? I'm currently using the Filofax personal Saffiano as my main planner and a mini Metropol as my wallet
  2. What planner(s) have given you planner peace? I have only used the Saffiano as my main planner and I would say that so far, I have found planner peace. I can customise and use it 
  3. Filofax, Midori or Erin Condren? Filofax all the way. Mostly because most of them are much cheaper and I don't think the others will work well for me.
  4. Pocket, personal, A5 or binder? I prefer a personal for my main planner. The pocket is too small and A5 is too bulky for me.
  5. Where do you get inspired the most? YouTube, Instagram or Pinterest? Blogs would definitely be the first place I get my inspiration from. I also watch loads of YouTube videos and sometimes go on Pinterest but I don't have an Instagram account.
  6. What's your go to pen? I am not too fussy about the pens I use in writing in my Filofax but the ones I go to the most are my zebra and staedtler triplus fineliner pens.
  7. What are your favourite inserts? Even though the Filofax inserts are not of the best quality, I like the layout and I also use the Philofaxy month-on-two pages inserts.
  8. Stickers, post-its or page flags? Post-its and page flags all the way. I can survive without stickers :)
  9. Keep it simple or deck it out? Simple doesn't really work for me. I like to see some colour but I try not to overdo it and make it go all over the place.
  10. How many sections do you have in your planner? I currently have 6 sections in my planner. Diary, Lists, Finance, Blog, Fitness and Notes. 
  11. Do you use your planner for school? I am currently on a gap year so I don't go to school but I can't wait to use a planner for university next year.
  12. Rings, spiral bound, discbound or other? Why? Definitely rings. Mainly because I can just add and take stuff out, it is very easily customisable and it works well for me.
  13. Do you use a dashboard? How? I have a very pretty dashboard I made myself but I don't put anything on it. I just like it being the first thing I see when I open my planner. I do however keep page flags at the back which I use in my blog section.

So guys those were my answers to the questions. It is a very fun tag I have to admit so I tag all my fellow planner addicts out there and lovely readers. Please leave a link to your blog posts and videos as well if you decide to do it.
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My Filofax Pros and Cons

Hello lovely people,

*First of all, I just want to take this opportunity to say thank you to my lovely readers. I love reading your comments so please keep them coming.*

 I have been using a Filofax for over four months now I thought I would do a quick post about what I like and don't like about using a Filofax.

  • Makes my life more organised: Using a Filofax these past couple of weeks has really helped me to stay on top of things. I find that writing to-do lists and reminders and appointments in my Filofax has been the best way to plan and get everything done. 
  • No battery life: With my Filo, I don't have worry about battery life and it does not need charging all the time to get it to work. I can use it whenever I want and however I want because it is my planner.
  • I can make use of cute stationery: As a stationery addict, I love the fact that I get to use really cute stationery like sticky notes, stickers and washi tape which really makes my planner pages look pretty.
  • Brings out the creativity in me: I have learnt to be more creative especially with decorating my dividers and diary pages. I am not a very creative person but I have been inspired by others and now I have discovered the creative side of me.
  • I can use my own inserts: If you don't like the layout of the Filofax inserts, you can always make your own or better still print off inserts online for free. You can totally get what suits you best which is great.

  • Make a set up that suits my needs: Filofaxes can be very easily customised. You can always set it up the way you want, change the set up whenever you want and remove and add things to it anytime you want. 
  • Keeps everything in one place-lists, receipts etc: You can also keep loose paper (receipts, money, notepaper) in pockets or envelopes and it helps keep everything together in one place and makes them easily accessible.
  • The rings: Maybe this is not a problem for everyone especially those with A5 size planners but the rings get in the way when I am writing especially in my notes section. I know I can always take the paper out, write on it and put it back in but I just would have preferred not to go through the trouble of opening and closing the rings every time I want to write. This isn't much of a problem though I can definitely put up with it.
  • Carrying it around: I really love the personal size and I think it suits my needs best but it tends to be a bit bulky and a little difficult to carry around. I don't usually stuff my planner and I only carry what I need. Recently, I took out all the old empty inserts and some of thr information pages and my planner seems to be much lighter now.
  • Small pen loop: I don't like the Saffiano pen loop. it's really small and most of my pens don't even fit in it. I would have loved for it to be expandable or an elastic pen-loop so I can fit my bigger pens in.
Despite the fact that I get some trouble using a Filofax, I still love it. I am very glad I bought it and I am looking forward to what the future holds regarding planners and me. 
Thanks for reading.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

My Week #42

My Week #42 in my Filofax

This week, I finally sent off my UCAS application and I have now received confirmation from two out of the four unis I applied to. I also had two night shifts which were a bit exhausting but I survived.
UCAS Medicine Deadline

The UKCAT national average was released on Monday as testing ended on the 8th of this month. It turned out to be 2505 which is 626.25 average. I was really surprised when I found out as I didn't really think it was going to go down that low especially after seeing the preliminary scores that had been posted a few weeks ago. I'm still hoping for the best :)

Coin purse- Claire's, Letter stickers and Pritt glue- Ryman.
I also bought a few bits during the week. My favourite is the coin purse. It's so pretty :D
Hope you guys are well and had a good week.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Medicine Application: UCAS Deadline

Hi guys,

So today is the last day for UCAS to receive any medicine/oxbridge applications. I have completed and sent mine off to UCAS and received a confirmation email from them.

 I haven't received my welcome letter in the post yet but they sent it to me via email. To see my university choices and why I applied to them, please read this post. I had a few troubles logging in to Track but everything is now sorted.

It feels a bit weird doing this all over again for the third time but I am excited to see the outcome of this year's application.  All the best to anyone else  applying to uni this year.
The waiting has officially begun.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

My Week #41

My Week#41 in my Filofax
This week, I had another night shift on Tuesday and it wasn't too bad. I generally prefer night shifts in terms of the general calm atmosphere than during the day and also because the time goes by really fast. I generally feel really tired the next day though and I hope my body will soon get used to staying up all night and sleeping for a few hours during the day.

Another exciting thing that happened this week is I spotted a Filofax in the wild :D. I know this might sound really weird but I have never actually seen someone who actually owns a Filofax in real life. During my day shift on Friday, I saw something that seemed to me like a Filofax on the table in the office. Judging from the stethoscope that was next to it, I would assume it belonged to one of the doctors who was in the room at the time. It was a personal size and it looked exactly like the Filofax Peru but all black and no patterns. I don't know if it's still the Peru or another brand.

Filofax Peru

Being the planner geek that I am, I wandered around that area for a while trying to make sure it was actually a Filofax because it was closed and tried to find out what brand it was. I finally saw the rings and all doubts flew away and my reaction was *Gasp* "Oh My God. It's actually a Filofax." Surely I really didn't want to go in there and start staring at it and taking pictures or better still ask that doctor to marry me or whatnot. They probably would have just thought I was cray cray.
Anyway, I hope you guys don't think I'm crazy or anything because truly I am not. :D

Thanks for reading. Hope you guys are well.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Review: Filofax Mini Metropol

Hey guys,
For a while now I have  wanted to try out a Filofax as a wallet and I have been trying to decide whether to get a pocket or mini Filo.

I went into my local Ryman shop the other day and they had a clearance sale with loads of pocket and mini Filofaxes for £10. They had pocket Swifts, pocket purple Songbirds, mini Dominos in ultraviolet and a mini Metropol in deep pink which were all for £10. I wasnt really crazy about the Swift or Songbird so thought I would get the Metropol and test it out as a wallet. 

It was in the original Filofax box.

I really do love the colour and I think that was one of the main reasons why I bought it. I also love how nice and soft the material feels and also how it fits in my hand perfectly. However, it looks as if it's going to be very easy to get scratches or marks on it as I could already see a few white marks on the inside. I love the snap closure.

It has 4 card slots at the front and another vertical pocket which wouldn't be enough for me. I tested out the card slots and they seem to be pretty tight. Might end up putting only 2 cards at the front because it would be much easier to take them out.
It has five rings which are fine and don't have any gaps. It came with the 2014 and 2015 year to view inserts, A-Z laminated dividers, WO2P inserts, personal information inserts, contact details inserts and also some lined notepaper.

It has a mesh pocket at the back which I love. I would have preferred an elastic pen loop but I'll take this one :)

I also like the fact that it's got the opening at the top like a wallet. It doesn't lay flat yet as it is still a bit stiff so might take a little training before it does.

There it is on top of my aqua personal Saffiano.

I am really excited about using this as my wallet because its just  and I have been trying to find inspiration from the internet about how to set it up and when I do I will put up another post about my set up.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

My Week #40

My Week #40 in my Filofax
Its 12 more weeks till the end of 2014. Can you even believe that? Seems like yesterday it started.
This week was a bit hectic. Had four twelve hour shifts including my first night shift and I am exhausted. Good thing is, I don't go back to work till Tuesday night :D

Also, I finally got the project life journalling cards I ordered from Etsy two months ago. The first set probably got lost in the post and the seller, ASouthernLadysDesign was kind enough to send me another set of cards.
Project Life Journalling cards
They are so pretty and I can't wait to use them.
Hope you guys are well. Thanks for reading. How has your week been?

Friday, 3 October 2014

Medicine Application: UCAS Update

Hey everyone,

I thought I would just give a quick update about where I am with my UCAS application. So from my post last week, I wrote about my university choices and why chose them. That means I have already sorted out the Choices section.

The Personal Details, Additional information and Education sections were completed ages ago and I have now sorted out my Employment section.

I will be applying as an individual this year and not through my College so I only requested for my last year's references which have been sent.

The final piece now is my personal statement. I have finished editing it out and I sent it to a couple of my teachers to go through.  Once I get everything sorted and I'm happy with the result,  I will send my application off to UCAS.

Hope everyone else's application is going well.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Song Of The Month: He's Able

He's Able by Dettrick Haddon/ Darwin Hobbs

"God is able to do just what He said he will do. He's gonna fulfill every promise to you. Don't give up on God coz He won't give up on you. He's Able."

"Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we could ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." (Ephesians 3:20)

Have a lovely month guys
Stay blessed.