Free the amygdala and you have Abstract Expressionism; terrorise it and you are cowering for shelter, hoping to survive the day.
Monthly Archives: August 2019
To Kill the Truth
Us, being our country, the West, the media, call it what you like.
Our strained state of frustrated cynicism.
Manor Field Surgery Blog Number 15 – Sick Day Rules
Whenever I heard this phrase, sick day rules, it makes me think that someone is celebrating sick days, as in, ‘Rod Rules!’ it isn’t meant to mean that, although I can’t think of an alternative. So, what are these rules? They are in effect advice for people taking different medicines (or who have specific healthContinue reading “Manor Field Surgery Blog Number 15 – Sick Day Rules”
Manor Field Blog 14 – AED (Automated External Defibrillators)
Many people will have noticed, over the past couple of years, brightly coloured boxes appearing outside pubs, public buildings and garden centres; our local Scout headquarters has one. Usually there is a key-code attached to a lock. Do most people know what these are? AED which is short for Automated External Defibrillator is a deviceContinue reading “Manor Field Blog 14 – AED (Automated External Defibrillators)”
My daughter is in a nursing home
On bingo days she misses her water tablets.
Manor Field Blog 13 – Bowel Cancer and Screening
A positive FOB does not mean you have cancer, it is does however increase the risk, suggesting that early investigation and treatment is important.
Doctoring, fast and slow.
In life, there are those who work and act quickly; my mum would say, ‘chick-chak’ which I think is a derivation of Hebrew meaning, ‘promptly, without messing about,’ and, those who tend to dilly-dally.
This afternoon I described death.
In the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Network for Dementia we are working to increase knowledge and understanding of delirium. This is a state of reversible confusion and disorientation that occurs more frequently in those living with dementia and at times can be mistaken for dementia itself. It isn’t, dementia, that is. It is different, withContinue reading “This afternoon I described death.”
Manor Field Blog 12 – Aspirin
Size doesn’t matter here.
This is not Land Rovers!
My catty dog.
It has only been
Since our recent
House-guest, a dogs-dog, you might call him –
A man’s dog
Came to visit
Here is a decision.
Clearly this is tricky, as, at the end of the day, I am a doctor and I can’t just say any old thing; (i.e. not a politician)
Fear is a pernicious hangover from our past; it is thriving on hospital wards, in offices, workplaces and schools today.
At Newgrange I felt drawn back to the scene at the end of Stig of the Dump. The one on mid-summers’ eve with the ancients dancing. It was hypnotic to gaze at the zig-zags and spirals in the stone. Etched some five-thousand years ago by an early Irish artist. Potentially off their headContinue reading “At Newgrange”
I have done some research and not seen that anyone else has written about this subject. Therefore, this could be something that affects me and no one else, or, this could be a true breakthrough in 21st Century problems. Recently I was on holiday, and, having just landed in the country and picked-up my mobileContinue reading “Reception Envy”
MF Blog 11 – Cellulitis
Our tissues are what hold us together, the bits in between the things that make us, us.
Manor Field Blog number 10 – blood and other tests
Just to mention – a normal blood test does not mean that there is nothing seriously wrong – this part is the ‘art’ of the clinician.
The problem with Eureka!
…dementia, for example is more than a broken gene, it is how society acts and behaves, it is relationships between families and friends, nothing a pill can magic.
Manor Field Surgery Blog No. 9 – What about anti-inflammatories?
Well, part of how they work affects certain enzymes and chemicals in the body that stop or reduce inflammation (duh!), and, somewhat unsurprisingly, inflammation although a problem at times, for example, a sore knee, is also part of our general human adaptation to life, in other words, it is how we have evolved.
Manor Field Surgery Blog Number 8 – Pain
Pain is one of the most common reasons for a patient seeking medical advice. It also plays a major role in the progress of all sorts of diseases and conditions, in other words, sometimes the pain is the thing, and at other times it is an outcome of the thing.
The sunk-cost fallacy and moving jobs
Hopefully, after that cocktail of metaphors and images you get my point.
Moving (change) is difficult.
Manor Field Blog Number 7 – Swollen Ankles
You might have seen that a common theme to the three causes is pressure and, given that we walk upright, this pressure is greater than say a dog, you do get oedematous dogs, just less, commonly than humans.
Manor Field Blog number 6. Doctor, how much should I drink?
Well, most of us – adults that is, have been drinking for many years, and, if you have made it into your 50’s, 60’s or older and are in reasonable health, you are probably close to the sweet spot.
Manor Field Surgery Blog #5 DNACPR
100 years ago, dying in your sleep in your 70’s was the considered a good-innings. Where will we be in another 100 years?