I am back and a doctor!

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It has been a while, almost three months. Wow, how time flies! And SO much has happened

  1. I had truly the most amazing time on my elective. Some of my favourite happy photos…

–> Fraser Island

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[Lake Mckenzie]

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–> Whitsundays

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–> Gt Ocean Road

[Grampians National Park]

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[The Twelve Apostles – actually there are only 8 left]

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…. and obviously a classic aussie photo of a koala! Not only in the wild but with a baby

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2. I graduated from my medical school  . . . and I am officially a DOCTOR. I still get goosebumps when i think about it  DR C A Z R.

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[My family – who i would not have survived medical school without. Their support, patience and love I am eternally grateful for.]

. . . My brother also graduated from Sheffield! Proud sister.

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3. I have survived my first 6 WEEKS as a FY1 DOCTOR.

I can’t quite believe how time has flown and we are half way through September. As a medical student, you spend so long studying and the journey seems never ending. When you finally reach the end, it feels SO surreal being “A DOCTOR”. You suddenly go from wandering aimlessly around the wards, feeling a waste of space, getting in the way . . . to being thrown onto the wards with a list of 60 patients who you are responsible for, a gaggle of relatives constantly thrusting questions at you, a bleep that you want to throw against the wall and then suddenly realising you havent been to the toilet all day. Basically, in summary, I feel like i am climbing Mount Everest and i am just about clinging on!

 I try to remain calm and collected …

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But in reality, I can relate to this 90% of the time

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But am i enjoying my job? Yes, I am. I might be terrified but I am panicking less and less now when a nurse comes up and asks me to review an unwell patient. I am becoming more confident in my clinical judgement and not needing constant reassurance. I try to cling onto the moments where I know I have helped make a patient better OR even simply when a patient says thank you.

I am also very lucky as have a great supportive network of FY1s, there are 21 of us in total. Most of us live together in one big block of flats in hospital accommodation [we simply roll out of bed and walk 200metres and we have arrived at the hospital!]. We moan, rant, laugh, cry and most importantly watch Great British Bake Off together.

4. I ran my second HALF marathon! 

Since starting work, I have been finding it difficult to switch off when I come back home. The first few weeks, I didn’t sleep well and constantly dreaming about my patients. I suppose living with other FY1s, it is natural to talk/rant/de-stress about your day. BUT I really want to be able to separate WORK and LIFE. I found running was the only time I could zone out. I entered myself into the Bristol Half, a fair while ago, as after really enjoying the Sydney Half, I got the race bug! I did have second thoughts when i started work in August, thinking maybe it was bit too much, trying to train for a half marathon and starting a new job. I have been quite relaxed with my training plan and it actually has been a great distraction and de-stressor for work.

I will write a separate post on how i found the race and my training!

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[I may have signed up to another race or two woapsies!]

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East Coast #4weeks

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I am currently shooting my way up the East Coast! I have rather limited access to wifi with staying in hostels and being constantly on the move. So my posts are rather behind.  

I have just 4 weeks left in Australia and my plan is to travel up the East coast from Sydney to Cairns. Then I will fly down to Adelaide and make my around to Melbourne, along the coastline, so I can do the iconic Great Ocean Road! My plan is very optimistic as I am fitting in A LOT in a mere month. Some travellers spend 6 months doing the entire East Coast . . . I have 3 weeks!  

Also the sheer size of Australia, I am travelling just shy of 3000km [2700] between Sydney and Cairns! And I am doing it by coach . . . am I crazy!?! The ‘greyhound’ coach among backpackers is a the most popular way to travel with the east coast. Firstly it is a cheap way to do it and they stop at all the main cities and towns along the east coast. I got a ‘hop on and off’ pass from Sydney to Cairns, basically means i can get off wherever I want along the route.  

The ones I have taken so far I have been fairly impressed with-  all have been half empty so lots of room, they even have usb charges and wifi. I have met a lot of backpackers on it as you are all doing the same route!  O what has been super great is most of the hostels meet you at the bus stop with a shuttle bus so you don’t need to lug your one tonne bag around!  

My route: 

Sydney– overnight coach  

Yamba– not a popular stopover for backpackers but I read about it on a blog and some Aussies recommended stopping over. Even been told it is better than Byron . . .  

Byron Bay– hippie and surfer central!  

Brisbane– another main city. Only stopping over one night.  

Hervey Bay– pre tour stop 

Fraser Island- the largest sand island in the world…  miles of open beaches, freshwater lakes and rainforest. I have booked a 3 day trip [camping, 4×4 driving] 

Noosa– upmarket coastal town. A few days chilling here. 

Airlie beach- pre tour stop [currently here] 

Whitsundays – the iconic beauitful deserted tropical islands with the Great Barrier Reef on the doorstep. Some of the finest beaches in the world – I have been told. I have booked a 3 day Sailing trip on a catamaran #superexcited  

Magnetic island – 2 days relaxing with wallabies  

Cairns– “backpacker central”. They say there isn’t much to do in Cairns but a lot to do around Cairns. I have booked a 2 day diving trip to Great Barrier Reef and 1 day to Daintree rainforest. 

Adelaide– Barossa Valley -home to Jacobs Creek, I have organised a wine tour! Then I have a  3 day trip driving along the coast to Melborune- Grampians national park and Great Ocean road. It is meant to be  one of the best ever coastal roadtrips apparently with the magnificent Twelve Apostles  

Melbourne– arty haven, only have 2 days there sadly 

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Photos so far … 

First stop YAMBA:

I really loved this place, a ‘hidden gem’! A lot of backpackers and even Aussies havent heard of this place, but I am so glad I stopped over. It is a sleepy fishing town that has a bohemian chilled out vibe.  There is a big draw for experienced surfers as it has some of the best waves on the east coast. It is also the home to the founder of Billabong [a big surf brand]. It has 10 beaches all within 10 minute walk away! They are beauitful beaches that stretch for kms, completely deserted so feels like you have them all to yourself. I even saw dolphins and whales!

The hostel was so friendly, I had a dorm to myself which was pretty sweet, especially after my overnight coach from Sydney! I was only meant to stay here one night but ended up staying two. 

   

Pelicans chilling

 Morning run along the beach, all to myself! 

   

  
Cliff jumping- I look so elegant!  

Watching the sun disappear   

Next stop Byron Bay: sadly the weather wasn’t too great for me, a lot of rain. I did the walk along the beach around to the Lighthouse- the most Easterly point of Australia. The town itself is very hippie … full of rainbow coloured shops, organic stores and so many “alternative herb” places!
 

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  Such a yummy hip breakfast place ‘Bay Leaf Cafe’.   

 
Brisbane: I had less than 24 hours in this city. Stayed in a YHA very central and just spent the day wondering around, following the lonely planet city trail! I woke up pretty early @ 6.30am and went on a run along the river, there were so many other runners, kayakers, walkers, cyclists already out. It was quite foggy and it was slowly lifting above the river, it looked quite mystical. The rest of the day was such glorious weather, I was very lucky! They call Brisbane one of Australia’s underrated cities and I could appreciate why, i wish i had one more day there. 

Foggy early morning run along the river  Brunch @ a rather edgey  place, I liked how they used old gin/rum/whisky bottles as water jugs!   

   

  I came across these two historic churches located right in the center of the city- such a contrast with the backdrop of the skyscrapers!   

The Botanical gardens 

  

 South Banks, a big parkland running alongside the river. There is an artificial beach in the middle of it!

  

  

  

  


I need to head off now to board my sailing boat, heading to the whitsundays!  
        

BALI Part 2

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Here is the second upload of my Bali photos…

I ended on a beautiful sunset at Gili T, so heyho lets start on another one! I have SO many sunset photos but I just have to share them as they were pretty stunning.  

One evening we tried the night market- i think i paid £4 for my dinner! They cook it on a BBQ next to the stall, but jeeez they use a lot of chilli! 

  

Next: Gili Air [my favourite island]. It was smaller than Gili Trawnagan, I could run around it in 30mins! Also a more laid back kinda vibe, so perfect to end our time at.

 … Breakfast on the beach

Our mode of transport around the island 

  

 …. It is actually quite hard trying to take a selfie when cycling!

I ditched Frances… My new friend Marmalade

Our favourite place to chill

We got up for sunrise 

 I dragged Frances to yoga… I think she secretly loved it. Beautiful outside studio.

Thought we would make a bit of an effort …

 

The beach on our doorstep

Divine dinner at Scally Wags 

  

 

Our last night  … and it decided to rain for us 

    

Our taxi to the boat- horse and cart!

Then it was just me- Frances headed back to UK 😔 and I got a boat to Lembongan. It was probably one of the roughest boat journey I have been on. I sat outside at the back and usually never suffer from sea sickness, but jeez 4 hours of roller coaster waves was something. There were quite a few people on the floor suffering badly and being sick.

Found a fabulous little cafe for a delicious breakfast [cashew and date smoothie was heavenly] 

Local kids playing on the beach

Watching the sunset [passtime favourite!!] 

 with icecream and beer! 

Exploring the island on motorbike… Locals unloading water bales  

  

An enormous Banyan tree:  such bizarre trees with aerial prop roots growing like thick wooden dangly arms!

Seaweed drying: apart from tourism, seaweed farming is one of the main drivers of the local economy on the island. Two substances are obtained from the seaweed. 1. Carrageenan which is used in cosmetics and 2. Agar which is a vegetable gel.    

 

Poor little chicks, i asked why they were being kept in a cage and the man said food 😦  

 

Dream beach    

Last day of yoga

BACK TO OZ I GO!