Welcome back to another Monday Magic! What a morning it has been with a visit to the local hospital for an”ology” appointment. Today it was gastroenterology and things didn’t bode well from the moment the nurse said they were running a little late. There is a huge white board with the various doctors names and details of the clinic. We sat and watched as nurses came out regularly and increased the waiting time for each different doctor – waiting time 45 mins, 1 hour, 1 hour 15 mins…until the registrar I saw was running about an hour and a half behind.
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Is it me, or is the waiting room always too hot when the clinic runs late? People start to become agitated, staff don’t have the right answers and tempers become frayed. Staying calm is a must – so send hubby out for some coffees and breaaaaathe! I was in and out in no time with an increased iron level, no major changes and am happy to report another young doctor seen who knew about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, POTS and the related gut issues! Now all I feel fit for is a long siesta…….
A much more exciting event that we went to this week was an Engineering and IT careers event – where the young engineer and his business partner gave a presentation – well the talented business partner spoke and the young engineer clicked the computer slides! I am now a step nearer to understanding what their business is…..cybersecurity was mentioned more than once! The robotics Professor from the local university had a little, but incredibly expensive robot with him which was fascinating. His main interest of study is using the robot for teaching both SEND children, who respond well to the consistency in information given by a robot, but also in mainstream education. It was quite unnerving when the robot was fired up and ready as his eyes were able to track you across the room and his face really did seem to be expressive. Another exciting topic was a “plasma” tool that a group of scientific engineers have created for a plastic surgeon friend. The tool is available for both hot and cold plasma surgery and can potentially be used to aid cell and skin regeneration, tattoo removal and may help reduce the growth of resistant bacteria strains such as MRSA. My head was simply spinning when we left….and I’m not even one of the students it was aimed at!
This weekend the celebrations reached fever pitch in Wales as the Six Nations rugby was won, but also in all corners of the earth where there is a touch of the shamrock needing little excuse to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. With a nod to the emerald isle, I have found you several St Patrick’s posts, along with some travel, health and beauty pieces. Sit back and enjoy with a cuppa!
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