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Isn’t it summer?

July 21st, 2010 1 comment

It is, apparently, July. Looking out my window it could be anything from November to March without too much convincing. Nevertheless, being July, means that I increase age yet another year. I’m now a few days into being 22 and I dislike it. I feel old.

On the other hand, this time next year (hopefully) I will have qualified and am sure to be even more terrified about being 23 and about to start looking after people. Ill people. Oh dear!

I’m also approaching the rough half mark in my summer “holiday”. In truth I barely feel like I’ve had many days of holiday, going from a final morning of surgery to Edinburgh airport in the evening. This was followed by a good deal of travelling then a jet lagged car trip in the baking Florida heat. Florida theme parks followed which, while enjoyable, are not quite that relaxing! Take this for example:

The picture doesn’t do it justice. It does film you throughout the ride, which was great to watch, but ridiculously expensive to buy. Getting about Harry Potter land also requires a great deal of patience and a hat to wipe the sweat away.

While I was only there for a week, it was great to get out of the country. My poor flatmate has tagged his elective on to the end of 4th year and effectively hasn’t had a break yet. Since January.

Back to my non-holiday, I returned Sunday lunch time, barely awake, to return to Glasgow the following day. So began the podcasting! This has involved my writing, acting in and editing clinical procedures. Indeed, I started acting the morning I returned from working T in the Park. With only a week with the film crew, we had lots to get through. It carried me through to my birthday weekend rather quickly.

And so here I am and after next week I return to medicine as I begin my elective in Yorkhill. I wish I could’ve gone away, especially since summer seems to be over here. I still have over a year to go though and the money to support me is a never ending hunt. It’s best I stayed, I’ll just have to make the most out of it.

And nod and smile when people recall their elective holiday come September. Sigh.

Almost there…

June 21st, 2010 No comments

The end is in sight. After many many weeks of the 4th year, I have only a few days to go. I still need to be signed off for this block but I’m hopeful that will happen without a problem in the next day or so.

It will be then that I can finally have an attempt at a summer holiday. In that, I’ve almost already failed. My August is taken up as my elective – which I’m actually quite looking forward to. And, as per posts below, I have now lost my July to the inescapable quest for money to push me through.

It is with this knowledge that I approach my best hope for a holiday with some cautious optimism. This time next week I shall be suffering the Florida heat and hopefully enjoying the break. As my first time abroad in a bit too many years, I think I’ve deserved it. A number of my friends, those who’ve went down the path I had blocked, have already had more of a holiday than I have or will have in the near future. Such is my fortune and so I must endure my jealousy.

With only a week in Florida to escape, there won’t be much chance to try and forget about that, but I’ll do my best.

And after it’s all over and we eventually return to face a final year, the threat of exams shall start. It is amongst those rather darkened clouds that I have to deal with job applications. This in itself is an interesting subject. Over the past months and particularly weeks I have been contemplating applying for an Academic Foundation programme. The odds were very much against me, the thought of actually filling in the application form was embarrassing – considering the blanks I would have left. The benefits were not all that clear and the possibility of leaving where I’m comfortable was not appetising. It is with all this in mind that I have not even registered to apply for this post. Have I made a mistake? Perhaps. Maybe I will end up regretting it, if I end up on Shetland or somewhere else I have no desire to go. On the whole though, I think it was the right choice and we’ll just see what happens.

This I have to face and it’s not as far away as it seems. For as much as I long for a return to normality, I know it will come all to quickly. And then next year, after exams and the stress of jobs, on the longest day of 2011, perhaps I can be the one making my friends jealous that they have still got a few days left…

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