May 07, 2009


My god I still haven't used my free cinema tickets... they expire in June!!

Wolverine on Sunday - that will be the tickets put to a very good cause.

March 26, 2009

Major life events this year…

This year is a particularly big one for me for a number of reasons...

An outline of my year is as follows......

ESA2 exams for Medicine, all going well I hope to pass them and go onto 2nd year of Medicine and then on into Semester 3...

Me and Catherine are buying a house!!!

Me and Catherine are getting married this August!!!

Wow... quite a lot happening to me this year then, exciting times await...

It's all sunk in now though, I am extremely excited about the house, to get out of the renting game at last - having handed over so much cash to student landlords for crappy housing and service (although my experience in Coventry has been substantially better than in Leicester!) its a good feeling to be able to leave that behind and move on to the next stage.

Having now broken up from Med school for easter I am struck by the sheer amount of things that I have to do! Aaghhhh!!! Most important are my exams, I need to get stuck into my work and establish a good working routine, getting them revision notes done early is my top priority... On a more happy note I don't have to do any organising at all for my Stag Do!! Awesome! It's going to be happening in Edinburgh, sounds like it will be a brilliant, timeless, classic of a long-weekend...

Can't Wait!!

November 23, 2008

The future is house rabbits!

House rabbits are great

We have successfully managed to litter train Earl (of Earlsdon) and contrary to popular belief rabbits are very intelligent little things and are very rewarding to keep. No where near as much effort as having a dog, more affectionate and caring than a cat, doesn't just hassle you when it wants food... He just flops down on the couch watches TV with us for a bit (i told you they were intelligent). He might start licking you or head-butt your hand if he wants attention, and rabbits make noises too! Not many people know this from what I have seen but they do! At the moment he is running around outside, might let him in later... He can climb stairs now too, and regularly dashes round the house jumping up to 3ft in the air in the process! He is a very agreeable little chap and doesn't mind having his nails clipped either which makes life easier for me. No silly expensive vet bills and all...

Sigh... I should get back to work now...


November 06, 2008

Bonfire Night '08

I won two free cinema tickets at the Touch Radio stand! Result! Quantum of Solice me thinks...

November 02, 2008

A rubbish accident

A nice day in Coventry... (if that can be had) was planned, my best mate who I hadn't seen for months was down and things were looking good!

Had a shower, no problems... went upstairs to get changed and walked into the other room in the process tripping over the bloody carpet runner which was jutting up - neglect by the landlord! I smacked my knee on the carpet runner and grimaced with pain, thinking you 'stupid sod' and then looking down saw blood dripping down my leg and a huge gash in my knee!!! On closer inspection I could see fat  - it was pretty damn deep so after some iodine and a bandage it was off to A&E... so much for a historical walk around Coventry...

20 minutes later sat in A&E sipping crappy vending machine coffee me and my mate have a good catch up... discuss plans for the stag do, all in the comfortably sterile, claustrophobic surroundings of Coventry University hospital, lovely. Half an hour later I get 'Triaged' great... another 30 minutes later I am in a cubicle, 20 minutes then a doctor comes, looks, talks, buggers off...

Enter charge nurse after more time has uncomfortably passed... Local anaesthetic four times in my knee! F%$&in PAINFUL!!!! 'You can scream if you like' he says, which made me all the more inclined to grit my teeth, play the macho man and just take it in silence.

Watching him sew my gaping wound up was quite interesting, until he got to the bit where the anaesthetic hadn't fully reached, then it was more pain and I felt like throwing up, joy.

Finally discharged 'healthy and well' and luckily my most excellent friend was there waiting and drove back to the land of Earlsdon - unfortunately it was then so late that he had to drive right back home again! Mission accomplished though, we had a good catch up in err... hospital, I learnt the causes of acute pancreatitis via a text message conversation and I now have plastic thread embedded in my skin... Great!

Ah well at least I had the Mighty Boosh to look forward to afterwards...!

(thought about adding a photo for all of you that would like a more detailed picture... bit graphic though)

October 27, 2008

Learning through learning…...

Medicine is a tough course - no denying it.

It is the kind of course which stretches you to the point that if you do have any problems or difficulties they will more often than not come out and bite you on the arse/mess stuff up for you... As I am currently taking my first year again I can lay testament to this, although there are many positives that I can take from this situation. Initially I was upset, angry and devastated at not getting into semester 3... but as the weeks have passed I see it as more of a blessing and have learnt innumerable things about myself, where I went wrong, and where I need to effect change in order to be successful.

One big thing for me was adapting to the learning style of Medicine... having come from a Biochemistry background my previous learning style was more 'learn a lot about a little' whereas Medicine is more 'learn a little about a lot'. A good illustration of this is to compare Biochem to scuba-diving; in that you are diving right down to the bottom (sea bed!) and getting a really detailed look at just a bit of the big picture (maybe a couple of starfish and a moray eel) VERSUS Medicine which for this purpose shall be akin to snorkelling; you are swimming on the surface and (providing the water visibility is clear - which I like to think of as having a clear mind) you can see all the sea-life and coral (essentially the whole of the 'big picture'). This is how to tackle Medicine in my mind, as you must have a huge knowledge of all the body systems and how changes in just one can have a knock on effect on everything else.

So re-organising my 'filing cabinet' for Medicine was a bit of a challenge, and its still not great but for me recognising the need to change my method of learning was the big step, and now I have made this learning will be a lot more enjoyable, effective, and meaningful for me.

Aside from all the benefits I have gleaned from this extra year money is a pain in the arse... the big drawback of repeating, but one day I will be earning plenty and this will seem like a drop in the ocean.

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