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The importance of blood donation

Blood donation is one of the most important necessities in a hospital. Donated blood has many uses. It can be used in standard procedures or it can be used in ambulant help. Even though it’s on of the biggest necessities a lack of blood donors still occurs in many different countries.

Why is it important to donate blood?
It’s used in many surgeries, even in accidents people are often in need of blood which is provided by blood donors. Due to various reasons people don’t want to give blood or they’re not allowed to give blood. This can cause a lack of blood donors and therefore a deficit in blood supplies. Giving blood keeps the chain going and is therefore important!

Who can donate blood?
People aged 17-66 and have a BMI within range can donate blood. Before the blood donation you’ll see a doctor who will ask you some questions about your health. This is to make sure that the blood you’re donating is ‘clean’.
There are a lot of rules that need to be taken into account before giving blood. Depending on where you’re giving blood you’ll be able to check the conditions online.

Note: if you’re not able to donate blood, you might still be able to donate blood plasma as it doesn’t contain red blood cells. Blood plasma is then used to treat people with coagulation diseases.

Where to donate blood? 
There are donation centers where you’ll be able to donate blood. You could also donate blood to a local hospital.
In America there are two main blood donation centers the ‘American red cross’ and ‘America’s blood centers’ where you can donate blood. In the U.K. the blood donation happens via NHS.

I hope that I’ve informed you about blood donation. As usual make sure to check with your GP before donating blood. This is to make sure that you’re not harming yourself or someone else by donating.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve donated blood before in the comments down below!

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

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World mental health day

It’s world mental health day and I thought it’d be nice to talk about mental health today as a lot of people struggle with mental health. I would like to emphasize that I’m not a professional (yet) so if you’re having any health issues I’d advise you to see a GP.

There are a lot of mental disorders. The biggest issue medics are facing is that diagnosing mental disorders is difficult because there’s still a lot about the human brain that we don’t know about.

It should be no surprise to you but mental health for example depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia actually affects millions of people all around the world. Mental health is very diverse and there are a lot of different disorders. Did you know that 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 teenagers(!!!) will experience some kind of mental health problem during their life. In Britain. Mixed anxiety and depression are the most common mental disorders.
I decided that it might be interesting to leave a blogpost I read today. It’s written by Katie Conibear who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She has a great blog which you can see here.

What I loved most is that you can get involved with some amazing fundraisers and activities that the mental health foundation organizes. I thought it would be best to leave a link to both – American and English – foundations. You can find a lot of information on their sites AND you can find out how you can make a difference!

United Kingdom
The United States
Also check out Twitter!

It’s time to change the mentality we have when it comes to mental disorders and illness and I hope that this post is a step in the right direction.

UPDATE: I’ve read some amazing posts since it is world mental health day and I’m going to share a few below hoping that they might help you!
Tips & advice 
Tips to help yourself or others
A playful article about crafting
Poetry
And more poetry
Sean’s testimony

Lots of love!
-A doctor in spe

Summary the subtle art of not giving a fuck

The subtle art of not giving a fuck is a book that I’ve been suggesting to everyone. I loved reading this book and up until this moment I’ve read the book 2 times which proves how great it is. This book has changed my view on my own life and in a way you can consider this a wakeup call. This book along with ‘mindset’ are books that should be a must-read for anyone in the middle of adulting.

I usually talk about the book itself and how it’s written but I saw that the writer, also a blogger, has posted an excerpt of the book on his blog and I advise you to read that before reading this review. So click here for that.

Summary
Just like you probably saw from the title the autor does not mince matters. This book is brutally honest and therefore one of the best self-help books I’ve read so far. There were some important lessons to learn here.

Lesson n°1
This book tackles our society for giving too many fucks about the wrong things and not enough fucks about what actually matters. To give an example people seem to talk more about the Kardashians outfits than for example about food waste – note: if you care more about the Kardashians that’s perfectly okay!!

Lesson n°2
Another important lesson is that everything that matters in life, is attached to a negative experience. You need to study really hard (often not fun) to get good grades (fun). This is something that isn’t always represented correctly in todays society. We hear a lot of succes stories but there’s more to those stories than meets the eye. Someone worked crazy hard to get where they are and all we see is that they achieved their goal. To get a bigger reward, you need to put in more effort.

Lesson n°3
People often seem to think that when they’ve reached their goal, it’s done, they’re happy and everything is fine but it isn’t. Problems are still there, the only thing they’ve achieved, is to be a little better than before, to have grown a little more. The growth mindset was present in this book, just explained differently.

For more lessons I’d advise you to read the book. It wouldn’t be fun to spoil the entire thing.

Review
The writing style of this book is easy and comprehensive. There aren’t any difficult words, but the language is sometimes explicit which might not appeal to everyone.
The book gives a lot of examples on what to do and what not to do. It’s therefore a great book for those people who don’t completely know what to do with their life.
I’d definitely say that of the self-help books I’ve read so far this is definitely one of the best. It’s unique not because of the writing style, but because of the honesty.

Since there is an excerpt of this book on the authors blog check it out before buying this book. You might not like it. As for me I loved the book hence why I’ve suggested it to almost everyone I know. Let me know in the comment section what books you would recommend.

Lots of love and have a great day!
-A doctor in spe

 

30 day cold shower challenge

The 30 day cold shower challenge has become of the most popular challenges of the summer and since there are quite a few benefits related to this challenge I too decided to take the plunge. Here’s what you need to know about it

The cold water challenge tells you to take a cold shower every day for a month. It’s said that taking a cold showers has a lot of benefits to it like improving productivity, improving your immune system, reducing blood pressure and speed up healing.

Hot-vs-cold-shower-Infographic

Infographic from punditcafe

A few tips before you start
-Don’t take a shower every day. Taking a shower every day also means waisting a lot of water, instead take a shower every other day.
-Stand in the shower and let the cold water flow instead of waiting outside your shower until you have enough courage to go in. This will again prevent waisting water.
-Take a cold shower after you have worked out. It’ll be easier, trust me.
-When your heart starts racing, try to keep going. After you’ve gone through that phase it gets easier!
-Make sure to put some warmer clothes on after your shower if you don’t want to catch a cold.

The result
Even though it did take a little while to adjust to showering with cold water it wasn’t too bad. The first couple of times my hart was racing but I just tried to take a deep breath. It can be tough to get through that part but afterwards you’ll definitely feel better.
Unlike my regular showers, I took less than 7 minutes to completely wash myself with cold water and I felt like I hadn’t waisted as much water. I have a huge issue with waisting water so this was definitely something important for me.
Taking cold showers in the morning made me feel invincible and ready to take on the day. It sounds weird but it felt like doing something I didn’t always think was possible made me feel better. This is a challenge that I honestly hope to keep doing because I liked it so much!

Let me know in the comment section whether you’d try showering with cold water every day.

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Motivational quotes

The last motivational video I put on this blog seemed to be a succes! So I decided to make another one only this time I’ll be giving you my favorite medical/inspirational/motivational quotes. I’ve listed a few that inspired me 🙂 .

  • Skill is achieved through practice. Work hard and dedicate yourself to being better every single day. – Will Smith
  • She was unstoppable, not because she not have failures or doubt but because she continued on despite them. -B. Taplin
  • You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give. – E.O. Wilson
  • Medicine is only for those who can’t imagine doing anything else. -L. Grazette
  • I’ve got a dream and it’s worth more than my sleep.

 

I hope you enjoyed these quotes. Whenever I’m feeling a little down these lift me back up. Somehow they make me smile and help me focus on my goals. Leave your favorite quotes in the comments down below! I’d love to read them :).

Lots of love
– A doctor in spe

Challenge update

I’ve noticed quite a few things on this challenge. The main one is that I didn’t follow the perfection plan 100%. I get tired and lazy too and sometimes I really need a day off. But while trying to attain these habits I benefitted a lot.

1. I am way behind with studying
I’m not sure how but somehow I got way behind on anatomy. The thing is that I focus a lot on small details and I don’t want to move on if I don’t know everything just yet. As a result I’m way behind on schedule and I’ll try to get on track asap.

I currently make mini to-do lists and cross what I’ve finished. I have a lot of courses that follow quickly during my exams so I need to start cramming – which is something I wish I could’ve avoided.

2. Social media
I still use Facebook, mostly for educational purposes. For example talking to my mentor or planning a session for physics or chemistry. It’s still very hard to leave all the other things alone though! For some reason people reach out to me to answer questions so I end up having about 10 messages about courses in the evening.

I try to track as much of this challenge on Instagram if you want to ‘follow’ me during this period. I don’t always update pictures but there are a few @Doctorinspe. I try to not pay too much attention to making these pictures look nice. I’ve got better things to do with my time than organizing food and taking pretty pictures. Also I use an app called daymine which automatically sets the date and time so I kind of oblige myself to keep up.

Another thing I did was check the news quite often. There are rector elections currently and both parties are a bad choice for our university -in my opinion. I even felt ashamed of the arguments they used. I can’t believe that these people might become our rector.

3. Healthy food
Since I live at home I’m bound to eat whatever my family is eating and I do respect that. I don’t expect my mother to make something different just for me. This however means that if we’re having french fries I need to eat that too. Yesterday it was mothers day and my mom made a cake, two batches of cupcakes and brownies. Needless to say I couldn’t resist (shoutout to my mom who cooked on her own mothersday).

I also craved chocolate a lot! I made sure that the chocolate I ate was pure (and I do check the label to get 70-80% chocolate) but I have to admit that I also ate Kinder Bueno which is very sweet (but soooo gooooood!).

If I don’t have enough time for breakfast I’ll replace it with a smoothie. It takes me under 5 minutes to make one so I know what I’ll be drinking during my exams.

4. Working out
The past week I went bicycling once and went for a run once. Before sleeping I also did some yoga.
I’ve pushed working out to the weekend which was not a good idea at all. I always assumed that working out took a lot of time but when put in perspective it honestly is not that bad! It usually takes me 15-30 minutes per workout session which is completely fine if you ask me.

5. Sleeping habits
Creating good sleep habits felt weird. I used to have a natural clock which woke me up very early. Even as a kid I’d wake up early in the morning but during high school and university my clock shifted and I would sleep through because I didn’t have anything to do. I set my alarm at 6:00 but because of the pressure and stress I always woke up earlier. My natural clock wakes me up before 6:00 a.m. so I’m quite lucky. If I’m really tired, I’ll wake up at around 8:15.

All in all this challenge was obviously a lot of work. Putting in a 100% everyday was very exhausting and I came to class feeling tired. The thing is that it made me realize the importance of hard work. Everyone can achieve everything they want as long as they are willing to put the effort and hard work in it. It’ll be a struggle but it’ll make the end goal worth it even more. I’m going tot keep trying to put this much effort in everything I do. This challenge will be going on until I go on a hopefully well-deserved vacation.
During my vacation I’ll try to upload something but I prefer to enjoy my vacation. Especially after all of the work I’ll be putting in now. I hope you enjoyed this article :).

Lots of love
-A doctor in spe

 

Motivational video

There was a video I really wanted to share with you. As you might know I find Will Smith one of the most motivational people on the world. I’ve found a compilation of some of his quotes on talent, skill and the influence of dedication and I wanted to share it with you!
 

Hoping this will motivate you as much as it motivates me! Lots of love ❤
-A doctor in spe

Daily life of a medical student

Today I wanted to show you how a day in my life goes. I’m a regular student, I live at home with my parents. I’m not motivating at all. However some students are just regular students.

6:00-6:15 My mom is going to work so she wakes me up fairly early. I like to lay in my bed a little longer. I would like to tell you that I workout or that I do something productive but I honestly don’t.

7:45: I go to my classes. I drive to my class every morning which in a way is the worst thing I probably do. I know that I should either carpool or take the bus but I always make up lame excuses.

8:00-13:00 I have very long classes and they start and end quite late. I fortunately have some breaks during classes. I usually try to pay attention and write down something. Sometimes I’ll go to the library but most of the time I just go home. I prefer studying in a quiet library which is very difficult to find!

13:30-16:00 As soon as I come home I watch television and drink a glass of coffee. I love my coffee and drink up to four(!) glasses of coffee per day. I also like watching television series. My current favorite is ‘the middle’. It’s one of the few shows left that is actually pretty accurate and realistic.

16-18:00 I try to get some studying done. We started studying our muscles so I’ve been doing that for the longest time. It’s one of those things I really need to repeat this section of my courses more often.

20:00-23:30 I end up watching more television. I love documentaries and there are always a few of them on the television. I watched one about the hunt for lions. It was quite disturbing and made me feel so terrible. Basically some people in Africa capture lions and inbreed them making more lions who have a lot of genetic flaws f.e. issues with their paws. Rich people are then able to bid on these lions so that they can ‘hunt’ them down in a closed section. At the end of the documentary I was obviously quite upset.

That was my day the end of it was quite upsetting and I’m still not over it :/ I hope you still enjoyed the rest of my busy day and I will see you in a next post!

Lots of love!
-Doctor in spe

Favorite Youtubers part II

Before even getting into med school all I would do was look at videos that were related to medicine. Over the last years I’ve started following quite a lot of Youtubers so today I wanted to share these with you! As you might know there are a lot of Youtubers so I made this a two part blogpost. You can find part one via this link.

  1. IYANULIVE

I’ve seen so many medical videos and they were all calm and relaxing but I find that this guy actually has some funny videos. Again all of these videos are calm and relaxing but fun to watch. My favorite video was ‘the 7 people you meet in med school‘ I thought it was pretty funny and completely true.

2. Jenny Le

Another really inspiring medical student. Jenny is a osteopathic medicine student and she has a lot of youtube videos. My favorite videos are the ones in which she actually goes on rotation and talks about the entire experience. I specifically like these because she actually talks about what she’s learned. For example her ophthalmology rotation.

3 Just Osaro

My favorite videos are Osaro’s vlogs. This is how most med students spend their life. There is a lot of studying and yes a lot of happy and fun moments too. My favorite video is one she actually did pretty recently and in which she talked with Dr. Vaughan about the future of health care under Trump.

I hope you enjoyed this blogpost! Let me know in the comment section who your favorite (medical) Youtubers are. Give these people a follow on youtube because they definitely deserve it!

Lots of love
a doctor in spe

 

Favorite youtubers Med edition Part I

Today I really wanted to talk about my favorite Medical student youtubers. I however follow quite a lot of youtubers that study medicine so I’m going to make a part two very soon! Now these youtubers are amazing. I mainly like following them because most of these people are in their second or third year and they have a lot of helpful tips and tricks. I also think like these people motivate me (and a lot of others) to pursue a career in medicine which is amazing!

1 Janeandjady
Probably one of the most famous medicine students on Youtube. This power couple shows the daily life of med students. They have all sorts of videos but I’d have to say that I really like their vlogs. If you want to see how med school is you should just watch their videos!

2 Med school insiders
I love all of the tips that are given and I’ve been following a lot of tips so far. These videos motivate me to actually study and take it easy. Since these videos contain a lot of helpful tips and this channel is actually very useful even if you don’t study med. I’d recommend this channel to everyone who wants some more motivation to study or tips on how to study better and more efficiently.

3 Thestrivetofit
I love the Strivetofit because of the vibe her videos give off. Jaime is definitely an inspiring youtuber. She now has a second channel where you can study with her and she has also opened an online shop on her blog where you can find some stationery items as well as apparel. I honestly have nothing but admiration for this girl because I know that everything she does requires hard work and a lot of time. Definitely check her youtube channel and her blog out!

That was it for this first favorite youtubers article! Let me know in the comments who your favorite youtubers are and I’ll definitely check them out!

Lots of love!
Doctor in spe