You know the game. A cryptic clue and an unexpected answer. It came to me this evening, when I was discussing my role with colleagues. I am a hospital trained doctor who works in the community and helps older people, although sometimes young ones too. Who am I? I am a geriatrician. Although I hateContinue reading “I am long and thin by the end of the summer… Who am I?”
Older people falling is often a bad thing. The Kersh Condition and diagnostic heuristics.
Interestingly, hospital can be the least-safe place for older people, with home being what most want and with far fewer hazards such as the risk of institutionalisation, over-medicalisation, polypharmacy, falls and a host of other healthcare associated ills.
Often old men and women will seek human contact, particularly when feeling isolated – and when I reciprocate with my gloved hand (that they don’t appear to notice as being anomalously purple or blue) we are able to make contact, to connect.
Serial processing; switching backwards and forwards from concentrating on Word to Outlook to Chrome uses mental energy;
You see, nowadays, in order to study medicine, you have to be little short of an academic wunderkind.
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?
Time almost always does the trick;
And staying calm.
She did not like that.
I guess we need those people who can take a beating and come back for more, who can’t ignore their beliefs or principles.
Should they stay?
Well, often I just don’t know;
I tweeted yesterday something about the UK’s workforce problems facing health and social care. There you go. Check out the blog I wrote a couple of weeks ago, then the more recent plan for a visit across to India. You could read this two-ways. The first; the NHS isn’t working – look at Switzerland, Germany,Continue reading “They can’t even get their crap recruitment right”
I gave my annual lecture to the Sheffield University Medical Students on Thursday. It was the hottest day of the year. I have been standing in front of the students for something like 15 years – since I was training to become what I am today, a doctor obsessed with person-centred care, helping older people,Continue reading “Person-centred mainstream?”
Rod’s Blogs, Poems, etc. Table of Contents I search for meaning. 6 ‘Behavioural’ 8 10 Years. 10 10 years. 11 99+. 13 1559 days. 15 A response to Henry. 17 A tale of two times?. 18 Acute. 20 Advance Care Plan, Human Rights & I want what I want 23 alea iacta est 25 AllContinue reading “Blogs, Poems, etc 2017”
Bright young things, medical students clamouring to calculate. Is it A or B or C? Which principle? Infection, inflammation or infarction? Smile, Purell, Hello, my name is. Smile. /Lean-in.