Day 71 - Old Lunch (04/12/2017)

Interesting day! The morning was occupied by lectures on hypersensitivity (including features such as anaphylaxis) and shock. Lots to do in terms of rote learning, but at least the concepts aren't particularly difficult.

These were followed by a session on candour and truthtelling, part of our VLE (Values, Laws and Ethics) theme. This was an interesting one, as it examined whether or not doctors must always tell the truth, and the circumstances where the boundaries become a bit fuzzy - how much of the truth should be revealed, for example? It also contrasted the conscious withholding of information to situations where different amounts of information are provided in good faith. Thankfully (and unusually for this theme) the GMC specifies a pretty clear answer - always tell the truth, no matter your misgivings. My personal take, which was mentioned during the lecture, is that doctors are not arbitrators of patient autonomy, and should seek to have the patient be as informed as possible so they can make their own decisions as best they can.

Had a lovely conversation with a friend from back home who is currently on her year abroad as part of a languages degree and is likely as I write this flying her way to Brazil. One of those people that I personally think would make an extraordinary doctor but seems to have no interest at all in the idea.

CBL was once again different in that we made it through the entire session without actually opening the case materials at all. Instead four of us had prepared presentations, which in my humble opinion were excellent (excluding my own, of course). I certainly learned a lot, and did my utmost to give a comprehensive explanation of how ECGs work in about 20 minutes - group members chipped in with their own memory aids and I feel like it was a productive session if nothing else. One of our (very kind) other lecturers had generously provided us an ECG machine for the period, so at the end we took two 3-lead ECGs to demonstrate the theory we'd learned, which thankfully worked just fine.

The title of this post refers to a bit of a culinary nightmare. I've found meal prep to be enormously helpful in both eating more healthily and more cheaply. Pasta is cheap and nutritious when combined with the right accompaniments, and so approximately 6 weeks ago one morning I prepared a tuna pasta salad for lunch in a tupperware container. I then put it to one side and forgot it accidentally.

Fast forward to this morning, when I come across said tupperware container in my wardrobe, of all places. Having festered in the dark at room temperature for some time, it now resembled a Lovecraftian nightmare instead of the delicious starchy morsel it once was. Wanting the container to instead contain a sandwich within its plastic walls, I took it to the kitchen and tentatively opened it, proceeding to retch loudly enough for my housemate to come and check on me. The whole first floor now smells of old fish. I clean the box aggressively with boiling water (mistake), dry it off and put today's lunch inside (mistake).

Safe to say the smell had not been removed. My sandwich had been imbued with the aroma and slight taste of old fish. As had my bag, my laptop case, and my scarf. I ended up disposing of the box at uni - it was either that or some sort of holy fire to exorcise whatever odorous demons were trapped inside. It's the medical school's problem now. The first floor still smells of old fish.