Thursday, 4 September 2014

End of the summer, bloody great news and new babes!

The time has come around fast. Summer for me, is over. I am back at uni and I'm feeling a little bit apprehensive. This return means my last year as a student, the last year I can say 'sorry I'm just a medical student'. It's terrifying! I did however have a smashing summer which mainly involved lounging around at home, helping mum with housework and cooking and playing PS3 with my brother!
Oh and the odd BBQ! 


Yesterday in some communication skills teaching where we had to break bad news to a 'patient' (a rather convincing actor) I was told I was both kind and brave. I hope that's what you're all looking for in a Doc?!

Good news!!! On Mon we got the most super news! I passed my finals OSCEs and my first written final exam! Almost a Doc now! Eeeeeek! One more biggie exam in nov then hopefully I will be able to say that I am Doctor! woop!

This next academic year I really want to get to grips with my sewing machine. I need to make the skirt with the pattern I bought from "By Hand London". It's just beautiful. I also have cute little babies to sew for! Might get back into my knitting too! Though it does seem a shame to spend months knitting a darling little jumper only for them to grow out of it so quickly.

Currently I am wrestling with a baby quilt and also using this Purl Soho pattern to make these sweet little bandana dribble bibs.

Last weekend I helped organise my very first baby shower. One of my hugely talented best friends, Bam, made the most incredible cakes with fondant babies! All home made! What a talent!

I made some pastel bunting.

We also made a baby shower finger print picture for guests to leave their print as a keepsake for mum! Bam made this too! Such an artiste!

Currently I am at home trying to sort my life out before heading away on placement again. Its hard to think that last monday (a much needed bank hol) I was enjoying a sherry at home home with my family. We sat around eating pâté and doing a quiz. No wonder I miss being at home home!

Next post will be from my away placement!
Hopefully I'll have some more sewn delights for you then!
Char xxx

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Gosh it's been a while......

Welcome back!
I know I have been the most dreadful blogger, I am sorry! With so much to tell you I might have to span more than one blog post unless I can squeeze it all in today.

Where to begin?!

The beastly exams are over! I can't say they went terribly well. The practical osce's were certainly a mixed bag. One of my communication stations involved telling a man his wife had just died in a car accident.......terribly which he responds with 'can I bury her tomorrow, we're Orthodox Jews'. I didn't quite know how to respond to that! In the acute stations one of my skills was CPR, safe to say it went terribly, I haven't done it since first year! Basically don't have a cardiac arrest around me! Never mind, I'll let you all know how I do when the results are out in September.

After the osce's i decided to go and visit my darling godchildren (F 9, B 4, and little B 11/2).

They are the most fabulous little people!! I had a wonderful day with them playing games only children can create. For those who are interested I am a terrifying and highly venomous jellyfish (I also make a rather good pirate). We had a lovely afternoon flying kites and prancing around fields. All hunky dory until I lifted little B and felt my back 'go'. Yes this is something old people say, yes I'm only 23, but believe me, my back went! I spent the next few days on various levels of codeine in bed with a lot of ice. Not the situation you want to be sitting your medical school written final exam in. Fortunately the medical school were incredibly considerate and accommodating. I had my own special little seat at the back where I could stand up when the pins and needles in my leg got too bad.
3 weeks later to the day, it is slightly better. Apparently I have slipped a disc. Time is a healer. Fortunately I have found swimming front crawl to be the only exercise that is bearable so I'll be hitting the pool hard over the next few weeks.

So, back to the day of finals. After the exam I spent the evening making delicious courgette lasagna, recipe here.

It's a firm veggie fave. That night we all headed out to celebrate, I was rather sober and hobbling with the crippled back, which I why I ended up in a and e. One of my very close friends, C, fell down the club stairs, mainly due to her absolutely ridiculous shoes and also partly due to her slight inebriation. After 8h of the night spent on a cold hospital bench it was decided C did not have a vertebral fracture and we were allowed home. Bless her she bought me flowers to apologise! Overall it was actually quite an entertaining evening. The other patients made for very amusing observation. Two boys came on because on had punched a wall following them finding out that the other boys ex girlfriend had got with someone else. Crazy I know.

After uni finished I had a glorious week in France with my best friend ever, J. She is an amazing human being. We lounged on the beaches and drank lots of Rosé. Very chilled and lovely.

Sewing wise I finished the bow ties! They boys loved them, and I made my first little bit of money from my sewing! So satisfying!

Yesterday I bought the fabric for my friends babies quilt, I'm very very very excited. Due 22/9! A baby! Eeeeek!

Oh and now I am just bumbling around and home trying to organise my medical elective for February.

Hope you are all having fan-dabby-dooby summers!

Char xxxxx

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Mallows Galore!

Hello All!

Fabulous news! My copy of 'Love at First Stitch' arrived last week! Incredibly excited! As an avid reader and fan of Tilly's blog I was thrilled when she wrote a book to ease me from quilting into clothing. I haven't actually used it to make anything yet but I am putting that down to the exam pressure. I have however spent my evening's easing my exhausted brain into relaxation flicking through the beautiful pages.

On a less relaxing note my handwriting has taken a turn for the worse. It has got to the point where at times even I cant read my own revision notes! Quite concerning! 

Sewing wise:
Bow ties are coming along nicely and I have even learnt to tie them!

Only 5 more to go! Going to relax and hit the sewing machine hard after the OSCE exams on tue and wed.

In the meantime my fabulous parents have sent me the most wonderful motivation! Marshmallows!!!!

The Marshmallowists are the bomb! Today 3 boxes of the most enormous light soft fluffy delicious marshmallows arrived from 'The Marshmallowists'. These ladies make the most incredible marshmallows. With flavours including gin and blueberry, coconut, and orange and mango you cant go wrong. These light puffs of heaven are a family favourite so it helps that Simms (one of the Marshmallowists) is a great friend of mine. Goddess of the kitchen! Check them out!

The mallows making my desk far more appealing

In fact today has been rather fabulous (other than the sky raining on my laundry) as Bear, my incredible housemates presented me with pancakes for breakfast! Such a treat!

Bear and I have also started drowning in series 2 of '24'. Why we do this to ourselves around exams I do not know! It is just so exciting!

Must go and rescue my washing off of the line, so I'll leave you with this beautiful sunflower!
Such a shame I have managed to kill it already!

Char xxxxx

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Killing my first patient, bills galore, and more exams :(

Evening all!

Ok so maybe it was a slightly over dramatic title.....I didn't kill a real person! Don't worry!

We were doing clinical skills scenario training where we have a 'sim man' who has veins, a pulse, makes sounds etc. The scenario (Trauma followed by a severe allergic reaction to a medication) was going very well and we were doing everything right. We quickly recognised it as an anaphylactic reaction and decided we should give adrenaline. Technically this is correct. However the nurse running the training was a bit tricky and handed me the wrong adrenaline! He gave me the adrenaline for when the patient is dead which you give into veins. We wanted the adrenaline to give into the muscle, like an Epipen. Stupidly I gave the adrenaline into the vein and 'killed' the patient. On the upside, I'll never forget the management of anaphylaxis!

Anyhow! Drama over! Sewing wise I am currently making some bunting for a friend.

I mentioned in the last post I had been commissioned to make some bow ties for a ball. Here is the prototype:

The boys wanted them changed up a bit so I have drawn my own pattern which I'll upload here when I have finished exams.

I also need to buy some fabric for the babies arriving in August and September, although money is not very abundant at the moment. If only I would win the lottery!!!

Speaking of money Bear (my housemate) and I currently have the stress of sorting our house bills out. The 2 fab boys we lived with have moved out and we have gained some equally as fabulous new housemates! However the boys used to manage all the bills and housey things. Bear and I are really struggling. So far we have managed to switch gas/electric provider and pay our water bill. We still cant get our head around the internet/phone. Its a nightmare! Not the stress we need right now whilst revising for our finals!

So while you are all enjoying the glorious sunshine and summery weather spare a thought for us med students still stuck inside revising! No summer yet for us! There is however lots of yummy food and revision snacks!.......and a little bit of 24 series2!
Speaking of yummy here is a cheeky hake supper I knocked up this weekend, complete with dauphinoise potatoes!

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend!
Charlotte x