Night shifts

You aren’t evolved to be awake at night. Your brain and body expect to be asleep during your biological night, so they can get on with the business of sleep, the essential caretaking tasks sleep does for you, when your eyes close and you dream the night away, The physiological drive that pushes you into…

The Hidden Curriculum – Empathy

When I mentioned the importance of acting as a role model in a recent post the esteemed Daniel Cabrera tweeted a short response – “Empathy, that’s all“. So what is it? Can we do without it? And if we can’t is it something we are born with or is it something we can learn and,…

Challenging consultations

A recent consultation with a patient did not go well. One initial seed of patient dissatisfaction could not be appeased and it just spiralled as the consultation went downhill. The patient left feeling unhappy, threatening to sue me if they died in the night, and I was left with a sinking sensation in the pit of…

Molluscum contagiosum

  It started as one or two raised little bumps under her arm. They didn’t seem to bother her but as time went on they seemed to increase in number.  As a handful became too many to count her parents became concerned. What were these fleshy little lumps? Why wouldn’t they go away? Could they…