It’s all over now, Baby Blue

The exam is done with.

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to do that well in it, and I think my suspicions were correct on the basis that I felt like I did pretty awful whilst walking out of the exam hall.

But nevermind. I’ve realised that in medical school, you’ve got to really alter your mindset when it comes to exams. You can never get 100% and you can never know everything. So you’ve got to accept that sometimes you’ll do a bit worse, and other times, a bit better. It’s only if you fail to learn from past mistakes that you don’t reach your eventual goal.

Anywho, with all of that exam stress off my shoulders, I can now focus on something much more fun, and clinically relevant! (unlike this biochem degree….oh, I mean years 1/2 of med school)

So I’m presenting a surgical case through….you guessed it, our surgical society. I’m really happy as I got a paediatric case, and I would LOVE to go into paeds when I’m older, as kids are amazing (and fun, unlike older patients…sorry guys.)

On Tuesday, I rushed to the hospital to meet the Doctor whose case I’m presenting. He was lovely and gets on brilliantly with his patients.

Speaking of patients, Grace (name changed) who’s a little older than young, and a little younger than old (but still a kid) came to the clinic with her mother.

I felt so so lucky to be able to talk to both the Dr AND the family about Grace’s case, which is absolutely fascinating!

This is the basic rundown: Grace was born with an outrageously rare condition called Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). This condition causes lots more white blood cells to be made in the body, and instead of just fighting bugs, they go after your own cells, also. This makes you very, very ill.

So to treat this, Grace had chemotherapy and received a few stem cell transplants. But sadly after the first transplant, she developed Graft versus host disease (GvHD) where the donated white blood cells started attacking the Grace’s tissues.

To treat the GvHD, Grace was started on a treatment of steroids.

Now many years down the line, the steroids affected Grace’s bones, such that she experienced slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Basically this is where the ball at the head of the femur (thighbone) slips off the neck of the bone in a backwards direction.

So to fix this, Grace had surgery to insert screws into her femur, to prevent any further slipping.

So that’s the case in a nutshell, but there’s a lot more detail I didn’t explain here, and I can’t wait to present it next week!

I’m hoping a few friends come and watch me presenting, as I’ve been really looking forward to doing this ever since I went to watch the presentations last year.

It’s nice to have something that I can be proud of again, as most work I do in medical school receives no recognition, as a lot of year 2 medicine is self-taught.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a bad headspace, but I’m feeling a lot better now. I can honestly say that I’m not too bothered about the results of the exam, as I know that when studying for the next one (January), I’ll do so more smartly with my mental and emotional health in check.

I think I’ve just gotten through my year 2 adjustment period, and I’m finally looking forward to the future.

A bad habit of mine is putting off improving myself in the wake of a large, stressful event (such as an exam.) So before January comes around, I’m going to get my life in check, starting now.

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