April in South Africa

Life First thing to say is this is the second time I’m typing this entire blog as I’ve broken another phone and had to buy a new one! Most stuff was backed up to Google drive but not the notes. My lovely organised lists! Anyway, after getting back from holiday on Saturday the 7th, I…

Easter Vacation in South Africa

Another blog with zero medicine or ‘real life’, more a travel blog about my Easter trip with Will. It’s me though, so of course there’s a good dose of running involved. Will flew into Johannesburg and transferred onto an internal flight down to East London. It was an eventful trip with a diversion due to…

South Africa Month 7ish

Most of Month 7 in SA until I left for 2 weeks Easter Holiday… Life The rota was finalised at the very last minute due to a continuation of the recent drama at the hospital. I’d entered a race on saturday with the hope I’d be off. The rota came out Wednesday ready for the…

South Africa Month 6

Life On the 31st of January, I flew to Capetown to meet my parents, taking 3 days annual leave so I could stay Wednesday to Sunday. We had an apartment close to the city and the waterfront. The first night, we walked to the waterfront, took a ride on the observation wheel, then ate an…

South Africa Month 5

Training The road to comrades starts here! My miles and kilometres have got all jumbled. I’ve always run in miles (but swim in metres) except a 5km or perhaps on a track, but here everything is measured in kilometres and my training buddies work and talk in kilometres (and so do my boyfriend and dad)…

South African Christmas

If you read this blog usually to hear about rural medicine in South African, skip this post! If you read to hear about my training and racing, there are 5 parkruns, some hikes and a Christmas day beach run. If you want to read about travel and things to see and do in South Africa,…

South Africa Weeks 15-16

Work Monday to Wednesday were quite busy, but I ticked off caesareans 7 & 8. Then I was on call in the evening. I did two tricky cannulas on the medical ward, then reviewed and cannulated a premature newborn baby in nursery. It seemed pretty stable, then as I was writing the notes, it’s oxygen…

SA Week 14: Heroes Marathon

Work Monday, Maternity was more full than it has been lately and rounds took longer than they have been taking. When I started in September, it was so busy with Christmas babies and I suppose this rush is the Valentine’s day babies. I left on time and was on call. But I didn’t get a…

SA Week 13 – iPhone died

Sorry for the lack of pictures in this one – my phone died a death on Sunday and I lost 3 weeks worth of photos. Work Monday to Friday were pretty standard and steady which was good as one of my colleagues was on holiday for 3 days then off sick for 2 days, leaving…

SA: 12 races in 12 weeks

Work I wasn’t in work on Monday off due to my car saga, leaving me stranded in East London. And in a way it was lucky, as I was sick and had I been in Tsolo, would have felt obliged to go in then really struggled all day. Tuesday morning after rounds, I did a…

SA Week 9 – Amanzimtoti

Work: After worrying about it over the weekend, Monday in work went fine. We decided on a roster with one person to cover each of antenatal, postnatal and clinic for the week so we’d each be responsible for one area. This meant for the first time ever, I didn’t start on postnatal and then go…