Bad start to the day - I exchanged my customary leather jacket for a rather fetching double-breasted wool coat before the leaving the house. This was a mistake because I'd left the stylus for my laptop in the pocket of the jacket, which meant I was reduced to taking physical notes with a pen and paper like a troglodyte. Additionally, whatever had led to my feelings of energy and optimism yesterday had clearly done a runner, because I felt absolutely shattered today.
First two lectures quite interesting - normal function and form of the liver, followed by an external speaker discussing the different relevant disease states and the clinical signs that would aid a diagnosis. After the lunch break was a lecture on the physiology of the small intestine, which for the first half an hour was also interesting. Unfortunately I can't tell you much about the rest of it because I fell asleep, apparently swaying slightly in my chair, at least according to my housemate. When I came to I immediately ordered a bag of caffeine pills from Amazon, which should arrive tomorrow.
Afterwards we received the introduction to our community learning, wherein we'll be working with a community-based local NHS Trust and meeting patients either in their homes, or at their GP practice. This will be a chance to discuss the social aspect of illnesses and seeing how care is delivered at this level, rather than the busy confines of a hospital. This was an element of my past work experience that I really enjoyed, and I'm looking forward to starting this. The university are clearly taking data protection extremely seriously (with good reason), and gave instructions on how to ensure good practice (using encrypted drives, shredding paper notes etc.)
Tonight was our first 'student seminar', wherein older students go through lecture material that we provide and try to condense it as much as possible, isolating the things we really need to know for the first year exams, the make-or-break point on the course - apparently with a failure rate of 37%. When pressed for some advice on how to determine what is important, the response was that we needed to have a good understanding of 'basically everything', which bodes well. This session was actually incredibly useful, as the students redraw diagrams in simpler forms and give tips for memorising as they go.
When we finally got home at about 8.45, it was extremely dark and miserable outside. We were all completely done, and I resorted to cooking a frozen pizza. I placed it next to my bed, and sat down to check my emails via my phone. When I then woke up three hours later, I ate the (cold and congealed) pizza and returned to sleep.
INTERESTING FACT: GETSMASHED is an mnemonic device for remembering the causes of acute pancreatitis. The second S is for Scorpion Venom.
Q: What is your favourite way to waste time?
A: If I absolutely need to kill time and can't be doing something productive (reading/writing etc) in the meanwhile, I'm afraid the answer is probably obscure Reddit threads.