Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Yesterday, I met a nineteen year old with left sided pain. She also had a positive pregnancy test and her period was late. Not unusual in my line of work.

What was unusual, was that she said that she had never had sex. This conversation took place in front of her mother, so I don't know if that was the reason for her answer. I don't know if it was true that she was a virgin. She was extremely distressed and her mother was convinced she had a rare form of ovarian cancer.

I was torn between doubting the patient and my diagnosis - after all, the most common cause of a positive pregnancy test is, well, pregnancy.

A scan showed an intra uterine pregnancy of about 6 weeks. She left the hospital. I think she has gone to have a termination. I am worried about how she'll cope. I don't know what happened here - heavy petting perhaps?

Monday, March 31, 2008

I passed!

I passed my Part 1 exam! I'm still pretty shocked as I wasn't expecting to have passed - the first paper was ridiculously difficult.

My main feeling is one of relief, that I will never ever have to revise and sit that awful thing again.

Congratulations to all those others who also made it through.


Monday, March 10, 2008

A Small Update

Things have been a tad busy. I'm learning lots of new skills although I'm worried that I'm not learning fast enough. Time is limited and I feel so inexperienced.

I have mainly not been blogging because I have been revising hard for my MRCOG Part 1 exam. It's all basic sciences and quite removed from my day to day job. I've struggled with it but the exam was last week and it went okay, I suppose. About 25% of people pass, so I'm not particularly hopeful to be honest. The first paper was really hard but the second paper was manageable. Just have to wait for the results...

The job isn't great, which made motivating myself for revision a little harder. It's improving as I get to know people but it is an unhappy department, under a lot of pressure. I have taken over the running of the rota, which is not compliant. Unfortunately, someone in human resources did their sums wrong and nobody noticed until I took over. It means people are not being paid for some of the work they do, but the department cannot afford to either pay the money or release the hours. It doesn't do much for morale.

The house is almost 'finished' and is nearly feeling like home. We have had to sort out a lot more than I expected (naively!) so it has taken six months.

I will try to blog a little more regularly... there are always stories to tell.