Thursday, 17 February 2011

O Death, Where Is Your Victory?

O Death, Where Is Your Victory? Please watch this!

I recall watching Zac Smith's short video diary about a year ago. It touched me then and now that has has died, it affects me even more. As a doctor I see more death than most, but what a hope the gospel of Christ gives us. It's nothing flipppant and is not a cop out, but it is real. God is indeed still God, and God is indeed still good. To God be the glory.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Anyone for regime change?

Last night I met with eight other friends for our weekly home-group. The church I am a part of has about ten home-groups meeting weekly. Mine is a wonderful eclectic mix of people of all ages and backgrounds. We meet to pray, discuss the Bible, natter about each other's lives and generally catch up.

One of our group is a lecturer in dentistry. She hails from Egypt and has been following events there very closely. Last week she went to London to protest outside the Egyptian embassy about President Mubarak. Within 90 minutes of her arrival the president resigned! Now that is a result.

We wondered where else we mind send her. With influence like that she's worth keeping close  to!

BTW she blogs here.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

"Don't ever get old?"

Many a patient has rather forlornly warned me to avoid the discomfort and debility of old age. But is it all bad?

I saw this happy duo a couple of days ago in the concrete glory that is central Milton Keynes. I guess not so very long ago they would have been completely dependant on others to get them out and about.

"As thy days, so shall thy strength be;"—Deuteronomy 33:25.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

The other side of the fence

I'm 57 years old and until two weeks ago I had spent precisely one night in hospital (as a patient!!) and that was when I was 12 years of age.

So two weeks ago I had shoulder surgery and was admitted to Milton Keynes Hospital. They looked after me well and I left after just one night. And then 3 days ago I had a very unpleasant bout of severe abdominal pain which had me on my hands and knees and lead to me attending Bedford Hopsital A+E where I was again well looked after and stayed overnight on a surgical ward.

What can a doctor learn from being on the other side? A few random thoughts.
Not comfortable!

1. When you are in severe pain you really do want relief as quickly as possible.
2. Having a canula in the back of your hand is painful.
3. If you have a canula in the back of your hand it helps if it is stuck down parallel to the skin and not protruding from the hand-it saves catching it whilst your asleep or just thoughtlessly moving it. The one sited by the FY1 doctor was much more comfortably placed than the anaesthetist!
4. I was impressed by lots of checking my identity to confirm that i was who the wristband said I was.
5. Curtains around a bed do not provide aural confidentiality-I know the detail of at least 6 other patients after my two admissions.
6. I'm not sure I'll ever get the hang of a bed bottle!
7. I was shown lots of kindness and thoughtfulness-especially by non qualified CSWs.
8. I was quite happy to be plain old 'mr' and not dr. When you're a patient it's best to just be a patient!
Oh no it's come to this!

A message from the other side

No, not that side! But thank God got through surgery ok yesterday. And thanks to all for love support and prayer.