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It’s the first day for ages that the sun has shown its face, but rather than having a picnic in the park or sipping cocktails watching Wimbledon, I’m on call for Medical Admissions.
I don’t feel too disheartened about having work whilst others play though because I haven’t worked a weekend for a few weeks and today was a good day. I felt I really helped several people, actually saved a life and learned loads.
Due to the ever-changing nature of modern medicine, we doctors have to be committed to what the GMC terms “life-long learning.” One of the great things about my job I that patients and events can always surprise you and just doing the job means that you’re constantly learning stuff. Sometimes the surprises are good, sometimes hey are bad, but it’s impossible to know EVERYTHING and this I reckon this keeps the job interesting.
Obviously, the people we learn from most are our patients. We learn how the same disease manifests itself in different ways in different people (I had a man who came in with right shoulder pain and it turned out he’d had a heart attack), and how different people respond differently to the same treatment.
Here are five things that I learned from my patients today
1. The “D” in “D-Day” (6th June 1944) stands for “Deliverance.”
2. It is possible to have a heart rate of 18 beats a minute and still hold a conversation.
3. Rugby is a sport for “pansies”
4. Sometimes, the drugs don’t work
5. Severe hyperkalaemia can cause muscle weakness and spasms