My job is mobile and I split my time working alternate weeks in Norfolk and Nottinghamshire. I drive down country roads, enjoying rural England through the seasons.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Back to the Blog

I'ts about 3 weeks since I last posted, although I was only away and unable to post during the middle week. The weeks on either side of my week away were the before and after "prepare for" and "catch-up from" the work that I wasn't able to do while I was away.

I had planned to post on a daily basis while I was away as it was the first week of my clinical practice so I thought I would have a lot to write about, and I had my lovely new baby Dell. I also had a mobile broadband USB stick courtesy of TMobile. I'm not going to rant (too much) - but anyone considering purchashing one might think of going to any other provider than TMobile! The stick was late, they lost my order, they promised refunds and then changed their minds and said I couldn't have it, and when I finally tried to use the stick, it either fell over and lost its connection every 10-15 minutes or worked at considerably slower speeds than my pre-broadband dial up modem - making accessing the BBC or any other site with images so slow as to be a complete waste of time. And then to cap it all, when I tried to log into this blog, the "adult content blocker" stepped in and blocked it - and although I tried to follow the various processes to prove that I am indeed over 18 and therefore able to access whatever I might wish to, I was unable to remove the block...

So, back to the clinical practice. IT WAS GREAT, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS AND I HAD A BALL! The week passed by so quickly it was unbelievable and the only downer was that the other 4 students who were on their full placement got to come back this week and graduate, while I still have 2 months in which to wait and look forward to my turn. It was good that we got on very well together and in fact when I go back for my final practice, I am going to stay with one of the students, Kate.

Although my week was meant to be primarily an observation week, I was pleased that I did get quite a lot of practical experience. I got to know how the clinic works, and had about 20 or so patients over the week so got to do assessments, nail trims and reductions, and record the treatments on their patient cards. I wasan't allowed to use a scalpel but I did use the nippers and drills and was much niftier with them than I thought I would be. The patients were lovely - they know that it is a teaching clinic so they are all very supportive and kind to the students. I also got lots of very useful observation in on scalpel work, PNRs and other clinical treatments. I even bought a scalpel and some blades so that I can practice on wax and oranges in the next couple of months.

So although I'm still gutted to be back at work and not a qualified FHP yet, it is good to have a list of things I can practice and get better at in the meantime. And various family members are also being very good and lining up for pedicures and nail trims to give me more hands on practical experience as well.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Harry Potter

I took mum and dad to the cinema to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince today.

The afternoon had a bit of an inauspicious start though. We had to charge up the A1 and M18 instead of pootling along the A638 via Bawtry because we were a bit late setting off. And then we got lost and couldn't find the cinema and nearly missed the start of the film because I had to abandon the car in the next-door Asda car park - we found the cinema (eventually) but had a short but manic farcical interlude when we couldn't find a way into the car park! For anyone who doesn't know the Lakeside area of Doncaster - it's a nightmare, there are no meaningful signs to tell you where to go, and when you do by the grace of god and a lot of luck, find your destination, some arse in a red BMW will make it their life's project to prevent you from changing lane/getting onto/round or even off the roundabout.

But we got there eventually, I parked mum and dad in their seats and then rushed back to move the car - having been told by one of the ushers exactly how to find the way into the car park from the main road, surprisingly easy when you know what you're looking for!

So, back to the film. I enjoyed it in spite of the freezing cold auditorium, the overly surround-sound-dolby-burst-your-eardrums volume and the seats that make your nether regions go completely numb after the first half hour (I'm not complaining about the trailers, though, as they were the reason I was able to race out, and move and park the car without missing any of the film).

I thought it was great. The scenery's wonderful, the special effects more than impressive, the pace of the film hectic and the storyline mostly true to the book. And I had a tear in my eye by the end of the film, even though I knew what was coming.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

My new baby

I have just bought a baby Dell notebook - at 10" it's the size of an average hard back book, which makes it perfect to put in my bag, and will be great when I finally get into business and am on the move all the time. I'm going to keep my appointments and accounts on it, and will also register with the DPA people so that I can keep my patient records on it, rather than have cumbersome and not-very-portable paper files.

It arrived just a couple of days ago but I've not had time to play with it until today, and altho' it is going to take some time to get used to the teeny tiny keyboard, and to going back in time with windows XP, I have to say my first impressions are very positive.

Being a woman, I'm not going to dwell on tech specs that I neither care about nor fully understand. It's easy to use, lovely to look at, has great screen visual quality and definition, and best of all got itself up and running quickly and painlessly. It was even easy to connect to our wi-fi home hub.

I have Jasmine on my desktop, have customised my screensaver and browser colours - so that's it, all set up and ready to roll!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

I feel grey

...I feel miserable and fed up

Not sure what it's all about, but my chirpiness just went off on its holidays and left me feeling grumpy, disgruntled and downright brassed off with my life, my job, my - everything!

Perhaps it's my job, the assignments, the stats and transcripts, the never-ending series of spreadsheets I seem to spend my life updating and creating.

Perhaps it's the weather - not a break in the clouds, it's as sullen out there as I feel in here.

I feel like getting in my car and whizzing off somewhere for a few days, getting right out of my boring middle aged old skin and living a different life even if only for a few hours or days.