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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and write about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Yesterday, I went on a little visit to James Cook hospital, to find out all about next year. Very interesting, except for one minor point. They have a ‘virtual’ patient, which is basically a dummy (much like those you practice CPR on) which is very technical and can be made to do loads of stuff, like breathe and have irregular heartbeats and so on and so forth. Very technical. Obviously, the idea is that they can give you this dummy in an exam, because they don’t always have nearly-dead emergency patients to hand….

The worrying thing is, this dummy can be made to talk. Now if I had an OSCE with some stupid dummy, and said something along the lines of ‘Hello? Can you hear me?’ and it spoke back, I would either be shit-scared or pissing myself laughing. Either way, it isn’t conducive to exam success.

In other news, a week on Friday is the annual Full Monty night, where the more insane medical students declothe themselves in front of a room full of people. Looks like I had fun last year. I’m sure it’ll be interesting again this year.

My lectures this term have been more dull that sitting watching somebody watching somebody else watching paint dry. But there’s only three complete days of lectures left now. The minor problem being that they’re spread out over eleven days. But never mind, at least I won’t be over worked like normal. I might even find time to post on The LBSC.

My housemate’s boyfriend is here now, which is okay, but I do feel like some kind of outsider. It’s the happy couple…and me.

I finished my placement at Connexions today, which can only be a good thing. Now I have to write the whole thing up. I have 20 pages of notes (around about 11,000 words), from which I have to make a 3,000 word report. It sounds like it should be easy, but it’s not, because the notes aren’t really that helpful. But I’m putting them in an Appendix (Appendix B, if you’re particularly interested), so it looks quite good.

Originally posted on The LBSC

This 123rd post was filed under: University.

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