|Thesis writing while waiting|
for my clones to grow... and
not a stethoscope in sight...
... while (dinner) partying Spring
style; dragon fruit and time to put
another shrimp on the barbie...
I wrote a while ago about the time I was called upon to be all doctor-y on the London Tube last summer, and almost all of my medical friends have some story to share about 'this one time' when they were out running, or on a plane, and someone needed 'A Doctor'. That's fine. I think I'm fairly comfortable with the divide of 'this is life threatening' and 'this is probably not' for most clinical specialties.
But really, where can I draw the line?! The last time I did paediatrics, obstetrics, ophthalmology or ENT was when I was at medical school. So I did the on call shifts, helped to deliver a few babies, assisted in a couple of cataract operations and contributed to relieving a few people of their tonsils; I am not an expert. And yet regularly people ask me 'I know it's not your field, but can I just tell you about this rash...' In the USA, I am usually saved by the fact that, aged 26, most Americans assume I'm still a medical student, and I'm not going to be that moron that introduces themselves to everyone as 'Dr Purshouse'. The major exception to accepting my role as a doctor over here is in relation to my fellow foreigners with terrible health insurance. A friend of mine gave up trying to get a GP to see him after he slipped on the ice and thought he'd fractured a rib; no-one would see him with his insurance, so he ended up asking me.
|The shorts are back ON! Hello long lunches|
on the grass in the sunshine :)
|My weapon of choice|
Moral of the story? I love singing, and I love singing all kinds of stuff. But that does not make me an opera singer. Much like being a doctor does not make me a paediatrician, an obstetrician or an orthopaedic surgeon. So ask away if you must - but please take all advice with a piece of salt.
Perhaps I should start charging a small fee - a friend suggested I should charge by the hour plus the time difference... genius. Start forming an orderly queue, please.