Saturday, June 16, 2007

Fear And Self-Loathing In Las Cambridge

Once a year, something very strange happens in Cambridge.

Cambridge. Hallowed centre for intellectual development. Home to some of the world's most serious and diligent scientific minds. Birthplace of discoveries and developments that change the way humanity views life, the world, and itself.

And yet, once a year in this place, all the effort, all the stress and toil, all the blood, sweat and tears of the entire year come boiling to the surface in one short rush.

And people start to go a little crazy.

Every year scores of Cambridge students, leaders of tomorrow, example students and first-class successes, will make a mass exodus to such landmarks as the Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge, pause slightly, allowing the tourists to get their cameras up, take a lucky swig from the bottle in their hands, and voluntarily throw themselves off the bridge into the waters of the River Cam.

Ah yes, May Week in Cambridge.

On the other side of the University, a different sort of madness is taking place. Centred mostly around Senate House, this sort of madness involves crowds of students with fearful glances staring at notice boards, gabbing excitedly into phones, yelling and screaming and hugging bewildered Japanese tourists at random, or breaking down into sobs and beating up themselves/their friends/proctors standing unfortunately nearby/bewildered Japanese tourists.

Yes, it's exam result season in Cambridge.

I, unfortunately, have not done nearly as well as I should have. Whilst it's not end-of-the-world bad, it's bad enough to warrant a short hiatus from blogging. Posts will be slow, and whilst I'm sure no one's going to miss me, I just thought I'd pop a note to make sure no one thought I was sitting in my room being emo and sobbing my eyes out over Dr Burke not being on Grey's Anatomy anymore. Angry medics don't cry! Angry medics don't have tear ducts!

*loud wail "WHY, DR BURKE, WHY?!" in background*

Uhm. That wasn't me.


Ms-Ellisa said...

Oh... :-(
Sorry Angry.
Sure you'll do well next time though. That's the way it goes... You know they do say: The darkest time of the day is right before dawn... And they also say: When you've hit rock bottom, they only place you can go is UP...
*I know it's lame but they give me motive*
Cheer up,get your act together and you won't regret it in the end.
And you will be missed... :-)
*hope you'll update soon*

MedStudentGod (MSG) said...

Sorry to hear about the test results, man. I know that blogging can be an interference, especially when reading blogs takes up more time than actually studying (been more than guilty several times). Good luck and I'll look forward to your next post(s).

BTW: Did you know that Cambridge is also the birthplace of the Rage Virus that caused the widespread panic, mass exodus of London, and spawned 2 killer movies like 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later? Well, now you do.

ditzydoctor said...

angry, you'll definitely be missed! :( all the best yups, remember that the worst is over and things can only improve :) tradtional courses seem to suck the life out of you come exam and results season, but there's definitely (trust me) better and brighter things ahead! :)

OT student said...
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OT student said...

Bad luck Angry :(

I think it happens to everyone at some point...good luck with the rest.

Chrysalis Angel said...

Hang in there Angry. I'm sorry the results weren't what you had hoped for. All you can do, is do your best, and gear up for the next time. You are missed when your not around! Look how many people come here and comment. Best to you Angry!

Sheena said...

Right, and I was wondering why my Japanese cousin & his wife cut short their European honeymoon when they were in England...

And I know what you mean about "not-great" test results... (Hang on, probably 90% of the med. student population do; if you don't count the library fungi, or those people who are nice-fun-party-hard-and-yet-do-so-well-they-must-be-too-good-to-be-true that they probably ARE too good to be true, ie. they are not human, then that would make it 100% of the student population.)

Point is, we all get it sometime. Hope your guilty streak/period of mourning doesn't last longer than necessary... Otherwise I wouldn't have anything to distract me from MY studies. (I know, even I get astonished sometimes at my selflessness & depth of consideration for others.)

Seriously, though: Good luck! :D

Anonymous said...

Dear Angry, I
am sooo very sorry, I know you are faaaar better than all alll thisssss...I a sooooo sorry...., love always, tracy

zuyin said...

aww, medic!

you'll be missed mucho mucho and you know it.


911DOC said...

ah, tradition and silliness. just my cup of tea. take heart angry medic! the person who graduates last in the class (not that it will be you, sir) is addressed as "doctor".

the little medic said...

Exam results suck don't they? I hate them too. We should rebel.
Anyway, i'm sorry to hear you've not done quite as well as you'd hoped!

My advice: Go and have a great may week. I've enjoyed the two may weeks that I experienced.

oh and PLEASE DON'T GO! You will be missed, you don't have to go, do you? *has a tear in eye*


HospitalPhoenix said...

What happened? Do you have a resit?

Don't let it get you down - all the best doctors have a resit at some stage in their careers. It tends to mean you have a life outside medicine.

Take care of yourself and best of luck...

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Oh Angry, I'm sorry. Hope you don't have to resit. Best of luck with it all, and do try to come back soon.

Not Nurse Ratched said...

But here's the thing. Hobbies are known to relieve stress. Lower stress is known to improve exam results. Blogging is a hobby. Therefore: you should blog MORE! :)

Dr K said...

Good luck with the studying, Angry. Most people have flunked an exam (well I have!) and then still done well in the end. You do whatever studying you need and we'll still be around on the web when you get back.

Argus Lou said...

Aw, mucky shucks. All the best though for the next round, Medic!

Bohemian Road Nurse... said...

Hang in there. (I'll miss you if you're gone too long, but I understand your reasons.)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to miss you! Please come back soon and everything is going to work out in the end!! good luck!

Anonymous said...

oh no, please dont go ... i missed you while you had to study ... and now you want to take another break? Please dont. Seeing a new blog entry on your page brings me such joy.

SeaSpray said...

Hi Medic - I'm sorry the results aren't what you wanted but this is just a stepping stone to your next level of success. You can do this and you will.

I am so disappointed about the show getting rid of Dr. Burke. I don't get it. If he apologized and did everything they asked then why did they still do this? What about forgiving someone?

We will miss you! Do what you need to do but know we look forward to hearing from you too - on your schedule of course. :)

medstudentitis said...

Hope you don't have a resit, but if you do, it's not the end of the world. I have a friend who's a doctor now and got held back a whole medical year. In her opinion, it just meant she could spend more time drinking and partying in medical school... I'm surprised she passed the year after, actually.

The Angry Medic said...

Ms Ellisa: Aw thanks. And no, sayings aren't lame at all. In fact it's sayings like those (and some inspirational ones by Donald Trump) that have kept me going this time. Thanks so much for your kind words, you're such a dear. And I think you summarised it all in "get your act together"...words straight out of my tutor's mouth (except without the sharp painful kick he gave me right after that, of course).

P.S. How DO you comment so quickly? You're inhuman! :)

MSG: Yeah, I know you know what you're talking about there. It CAN be an interruption, can't it? And YES! I just go on and on reading blogs until I realise the 2 hours I set aside for Pathology are gone! So it's NOT only me. *puffs out chest and mutters obscenities at tutor (but very, VERY softly)*

And WHOA. The Rage Virus is from Cambridge? REALLY? I didn't recall that line from either of the films, otherwise I'd have used it in a joke by now! Still, is it hardly surprising?

DitzyDoctor: Aww thanks...whenever I whine about my course I've started to look forward to your comment, cos I know you understand. I promise not to use you as a drug and haunt your blog looking for sympathy. No really. Those 22 comments on your blog were, uhm, an accident.

OT Student: Yeah, I suppose it does. Thanks. BTW, your name sounds like an ultracool title for a blog. Why's your profile not available? I want OT tales!

Chrysalis Angel: Aww thanks Angel. Kind words as always. And I know, for some reason people DO come here and comment despite the presence of hameorrhage-inducing bad humour on my blog. They must have very strong skulls. But they do restore my faith in humanity :)

P.S. HOLY CRAP. Did you watch the last last episode of Doctor Who ('Blink')? Your profile pic is officially the scariest thing in the world now.

Sheena: Oh. They did? Dangit. Sorry, they don't put that in the tourist brochures. Now you know, though...stay away from medics collecting results. They're CRAZY, man, CRAZY.

And you sound really familiar, for some reason. Maybe it's cos I know so many people who, like you, are fountains of care and kindness to others :) I'm adding you to my blogroll! (And haunting yours. Pull out your vomit bucket!)

Tracy: Aw thanks 'other mom'. I know I'm better than this (my supervisor said so too) but I obviously misplaced my priorities this year. Still it's not the end of the world, so this is a proper lesson. Thanks for the vote of confidence :)

Zuyin: Aww. Don't think I don't know you say that to EVERYONE, you uber-socialite you :)

Ms-Ellisa said...

*in dark voice from afar*
Why, dear Angry, I believe I have never implied that I AM human at all...........
-Does this nonsence by any chance cheer you up?-

Amanzi Down Under said...

I guess Down Here on the other side of the Planet, our Grey's Anatomy episodes arrive via camel train, we're way behind - right now Preston has just asked Christina to marry him so we've got a long way to go before we get to the part of Darling Burke leaving the show....
Thanks for ruining it for me! Pfffffffft!!!

Amanzi Down Under said...

....and about the exam results - the way I looked at it, whether you got 51% or 99% on graduation day you'll be standing next to everyone else who passed whether by the skin of their teeth, or not and you will all be called Doctor and you will all get paid exactly the same and when you're finally free of the NHS patients will keep coming back to you, not because you're brilliant and pulled A's all through med school, but because of your bedside manner!
Well, that's how I justified skipping classes to go traveling instead of studying anyway....

The Angry Medic said...

911doc: Thank you, sir. That helps put it in perspective. Really. PLUS it's my new "quote to tell every other non-medic and try and make 'em jealous" :)

Little Medic: I know! We should rebel. But alas, I fear the medical schools have one up on us :(

Phoenix: Aww thanks Phoenix. Check your inbox.

Xavier Emmanuelle: Aw thanks Xavi. I do indeed have a bit of resitting to do, but hey, I see it as an opportunity to study the material as it deserves to be studied (cos to be fair, I was one LAZY bum).

Not Nurse Ratched: Sage advice! I think I'm going to take that actually. I mean, how long can one stay away from blogging huh?

Dr K: Aw Dr K, you always have the most reassuring things to say. Thanks. That helped a lot.

Argus Lou: Yeah mucky shucks. But thanks, I'm gonna need the good luck for the next time round, or else it's the boot for me. (Listen for some very loud evil laughter originating from somewhere around my College Senior Tutor's Office.)

Bohemian: Aw shucks. Thanks a lot Bo. Because you said so, I won't go away too long at a time. Besides, where'd I be without my dose of Bo?

My-New-Best-Friend-In-World Anonymouses: Awww. I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not, but I'm surprised you haven't collapsed from bleeding out through your noses with all the bad humour on my blog. Still, it made my day. If you're ever in Jesus College bar, let me know and I'll seduce the bartender so you can grab free drinks.

SeaSpray: Thanks for the encouragement SeaSpray old pal. Yep, this IS a stepping stone and I'm going to work a lot harder from now on. It's a question of priorities I guess...longer rant on your blog!

Medstudentitis: Yeah, I do have a resit, and you're right, it's not the end of the world. If anything it's a wake-up call and boy am I listening!

periergia said...

Angry: sorry to hear the bad news; keep your chin up and let it all out. Shit happens, right? You will come out smarter, stronger and all round betterer.

Love Weary.

cathy said...

Im so sorry about your results...I just left you a comment at my blog. Im adding your link also...:) I just recently started up another blog and have still been daily updating my links.

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

The resits are a good motivator for buckling down and learning the material properly. Make us all proud and pass with flying colours this time!

Symbiosis said...

Well thats hardly i am trying to get acquainted with you and your craziness and you are busy announcing ur brief disappearance (hopefully its brief)...anyways...good luck and study well...Cheers

Symbiosis said...

And oh BTW I will miss Burke a lot...hes too good to be true!!

Despina said...

You and me both luvvie. Chin up, it's not the end of the world and you're young enough to put the situation right.
Your blog will still be here for you, and your readers! The blogosphere can be surprisingly loyal! Get working and enjoy the rewards. Think of what Dr Burke would do.
D x

Anonymous said...

i wasnt being sarcastic ... i have a blog crush on you. it seriously makes me very happy when i see a new post on this site.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the above comment. Oh just so you know I'm a friend of Xavier's, in the same program as her. I Love the humour on your blog! Good luck!

Jess ( I don't have a google account)

OT student said...
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OT student said...

"OT Student: Yeah, I suppose it does. Thanks. BTW, your name sounds like an ultracool title for a blog. Why's your profile not available? I want OT tales!"

The problem is that OT is a very small world, and unlike you I'm not brave enough to post as myself.

I'm also waiting with bated breath to see whether I qualify this year (find out soon), so I'm not in a blog starting mode (even if I was writing one, it would have gone on hiatus around now).

Sheena said...

Cheers for that, Angry.

On the bright side, at least now we are studying together-gether *weak attempt at a joke & a laugh*

And the livin' is easy... "

MY OWN WOMAN said...

I'll miss you.

Shen-Han said...

dude... as your senior, I can only emphatise with your situation.

Here's something for you:

"... Even in the greatest of odds, there is something in the human spirit - a magic blend of skill, faith and valour - that can lift men from certain defeat to incredible victory"

Anyway, have a good and productive summer. I'm sure things will work out.

As you won't see me anymore next year, I want to say that it's been nice and interesting knowing you. Do give me a shout whenever you're in London and feel like eating kebabs. heh.

Midwife with a Knife said...

Oh, I'm sorry 'bout the tough luck, Angry. Good luck with the studying for the resit. It happens to everybody at some point. I nearly failed first year anatomy. :P

HospitalPhoenix said...

I've been checking my inbox every 5 minutes since you told me to do so, but there's nothing exciting there.

I can only conclude that you either couldn't think of anything to say, or you've sent me an email to someone else's address.

Hope you're bearing up and taking good care of yourself!

Anonymous said...

Awwww, Angry, I'm so sorry. Just think, though, one day you will be just like Dr. Gwande (sp?), but much bettter looking. Please don't be gone too long, I will miss you too much, where will I get my : ) 's ??? I mean, you are basically the best part of my s@it life...eewwww, no huge responsibility there, eh? Just kiddin', but have a good rest and take care of Y O U .

much love, tracy

SeaSpray said...

Hi medic - I saw Sicko and so was moved to post about today on our American health care/my experience etc.

I really want to know if socialized medicine is as wonderful as he presents it to be in his documentary?

I have always heard negative info about socialized medicine. however, everyone knows that America is in a health care crisis and we need to do something.

Everyone complains but no one seems to have the answers.

If you or anyone reading this cares to comment, I would be most grateful and REALLY want to know about socialized medicine - the pros and cons.

Medic - I know you are busy - so whenever you are ready to travel back across the pond - c'mon over! :) basically if you have a rant about NHS - I want to hear it. If you have praise - I want to here it Anything you can say to shed more light on the topic will be grately appreciated by this girl! :)

Jason said...

Heya Medic,

Keep your chin up and keep that fighting spirit going! I know you're never one to let these things get you down for long. You've always learnt to cope with life's disappointments and then move on stronger than before!

A resit isn't the end of the world, as someone pointed out. It's a sobering experience but don't let it get in the way of your blogging. It felt good to rant online, didn't it? =)

All the very best for you, buddy.

P.S: Isaiah Washington now blames Knight for his dismissal. Lawl.

Kendra (The Island Med Student) said...

I kind of prefer the sobbing emo angry medic picture in my mind, but either way, you will be missed. Love the pic with this post. Tis one of my most favoritestest movies of all time. The blogosphere is definitely more boring without ye. G'luck studying. Speaking of, it's time for some more antineoplastics....

Maggie said...

Dear Angry, soo sorry to hear your news. Good luck with the resit, I'm sure it'll go fine.

Best wishes from grey Liverpool

Anonymous said...

sorry to hear that angry, although I'm sure you'll bounce back. I believe in you as much as I have believed in Burke winning chief of surgery, just don't disappoint as Burke did!

Anonymous said...

Dear Angry,

"You know, I can't smile with out you, can't smile without you, can't sing, ....I'm finding it hard, to do anything, because I feel sad when you're sad, feel bad when you're bad..." oh, nooooooooo, it has come to this , Barry Manilow, y e s . B a r r y M a n t i l o w lirics in my dumb head, I miss you that much....bought Dr, Gwande's new book today,...I had a 20% off coupon and wanted to get several books, but bought his 'cause I was thinking of you and got it in your "honor" ....miss you tons , tracy

The Angry Medic said...

Periergia: Awww. Thanks for dropping by. I haven't heard from you in a long time and have gone around to yours to haunt it. Things just got a lot worse over here, but I've got my chin up so high tourists think I'm imitating a dolphin. Thanks :)

Cathy: Aww thanks for dropping by again (and actually giving me your blog address this time). Got back to you on your blog!

Xavier Emmanuelle: Sigh. Yep, you took the words right out of my mouth. It's just that there's so much material to cover, and it's negative marking...just thinking about it makes it seem impossible. But I'm getting there. Thanks :)

Symbiosis: Believe me, me going away is a good thing for your mental health. Be thankful :)

And yes. BURKE. It's...too sad. *sob* that wasn't me.

Despina: Ooh. You're good at motivating people. Burke would waste no time whining and work his socks off. Thanks. I needed that.

Flattery-Will-Get-You-Everywhere Anonymous & Jess: AWWWWWW it's people like you who keep me going when everything around me is going to hell. Just for that now I'm going to up the offer from a drink in Jesus a WAFFLE in Jesus bar. *pause to allow gasps and swoons* We make the best waffles in Cambridge. Just don't eat anything for a week after that :)

P.S. Jess - does this mean you're as ridiculously brilliant and nerdy as Xavier herself?

You scare me.

Sheena: You studying over summer too? Aww at least now when I'm up in the middle of the night shuffling through my flashcards and feeling pathetic and sad, I'll think of you and laugh to myself a little :)

And sing louder! I can't hear you, and it's lonely in the library.

My Own Woman: Aww thanks. I'll miss you too...but the upside for me is that I can still haunt YOUR blog. Bwahaha!

Midwife With A Knife: You did? A lot of medics here at Cambridge fail first-year anatomy. Yep, it's a bummer, but I'm using it as an opportunity to study the material as it deserves to be studied. Because I simply didn't do it justice the first time round.

Thanks again for the kind words...they helped. I just might not beat myself up into a pulpy pool of guilt now...

The Angry Medic said...

HospitalPhoenix: Yeah, things here unfortunately took a turn for the worse, and I was firefighting for a while. I'll send that email soon, me promises. I'll even stop slamming my head against the tabletop to type it. Aren't you lucky?

Tracy: AWWWWWWW thanks so much for that. And all your support. *sniff* that, uhm, isn't a tear in my eye. Ahem. (I DO NOT CRY) Just a bug that got in my eye, that's all. Yup.

You got 'Better'? Wow that's a powerfully written book. Well worth the money (especially with the 20% discount coupon)! But aww thanks so much for the support. Things here have gotten a bit worse but I'm still marching on. Especially since I have surrogate moms* out there to care for me :)

*Do you bake good cookies? Just asking, is all.

*whistles innocently*

SeaSpray: Aww thanks for your wishes. I recommended your post to Dr Crippen of NHS Blog Doctor for his weekly Britmeds roundup but the old coot didn't include it. I'll pop over when I can and drop some comments. (Though my lame jokes have been known to be better at exorcising demons than the Pope. You've been warned!)

Kendra: I KNEW it. I KNEW you'd think of the emo sobbing thing! Don't tell me, you also imagined me pulling a Peter Parker and messing up my hair, buying a black suit and showing up my ex at a swanky NYC nightclub, right? :) Thanks for the kind wishes. And wow thanks for mentioning antineoplastics! No pressure now...

Jason: Yeah, you took the words right out of my mouth. (Or my typing fingers. My hands. My frontal cortex? Ah screw it.) It's not the end of the world, no, but follow-on things have been a little hard to swallow over here. But hey, gives me something to do over the summer. Maybe I might even bump into you?

Maggie: Aww what happened to your picture? Thanks for the wishes. It's grey and drizzly here in Cambridge too. As if things weren't depressing enough. Can we sue the weather in this country? (You can in America, if 'Boston Legal' is to be believed anyway. But I'm rambling again...)

Take care of yourself too - I'll be haunting your blog! (And chasing away yobs.)

Harry: Aw thanks mate. Ooh ouch whoa Burke? Wow, no pressure at all there! Where's the nearest tall building?

Tunku Halim said...

What?! Posts slowing down, less blogging, returning to real world, what am I going to do for angry-tainment?

Anonymous said...

umm no. I am nothing like super smart Xavier ( but I still adore her :D). Only in my dreams do I study and work as hard as her...


dan said...

woiiii update!!


[silently brushes single stream of tears away from cheek before saying ...]

Where the hell do you think you're going??? You can't leave me!!!

If I can't sit in my apartment wearing nothing but underwear while reading your blog, what else am I supposed to do with my time? Oops. Shit. Was that too much information??? ;)

Doc's Girl said...

We've been missing you...:) Funny enough, I may have accidently discovered that you and i share a common name........:)

I'll email you about it later!

Hope everything gets better!

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Believe me, I'm not brilliant. You got in to Cambridge for heaven sakes! Hope your revision is going well :)

SeaSpray said...

Hi Medic - thanks! I just really had/have some sincere questions prompted by watching "Sicko". Some people have responded and I have read comments on other blogs where I also asked questions.

I have been happy with our insurance but we do pay premiums,co-pays and deductibles. Never have the waiting time's people talk about in Canada. If we want something done - just go get it done. Oh maybe to schedule a mammo in certain places it may be a couple of months but then you can still get them somewhere else. We have a decent plan but I hear the HMOs suck so I don't know how it is for everyone. Some doctors are more booked than others but anything emergent will always get in - has been my experience. That said - America needs to revamp their health care.

Also, based on what some people have told me it seems that "Sicko" isn't exactly the most accurate on fair and balanced info. :) Surprise! Surprise! :)

Your comments are always welcome medic - lame or not - and of course they're not lame - you crack me up all the time! :)

However - priorities - you are studying. :)

piggy niggy's bf said...

hey lazy medic. update. now!

Anonymous said...

Dear Angry,
Funny you would mention it, I love to bake, that is , for the right people/ "my" resque squad, my emt clases, the theurpeutic riding program, etc...and I would l o v e to bake for you....just give me an address and the goodies will be on their way....seriously....I m e a n it.

I l o v e the pic of Dr. Gwaunde on the back of his new book...the way he has his hands clasped together...he looks so....concerned or like he really cares, something like is that for "projection" on my part...? It's just the way I wish things were , I guess. Now I am reading "The House of God", should be required reading of all patients, eh? Now I know where all the terms I have used on myself come from...(ie "gomer, or gomere", "turf", "buff", etc).

Well, I pray you are alright, I am worried about you, okay, I admit it, please be okay, I miss you and care about you, tracy

Anonymous said...

Dear Angry, e-mail is What kind of cookies do you like that travel well...? I hope you are doing okay and will be able to post in person to us, your friends, very soon, 'cause you know how much we care.
"Compassionate". That was the word I was trying to think of to use to describe the pic of Dr. Gwaunde on the back of his book...I love that pic, it makes me feel better-ha, get it "Better", that wasn't even planned...just to look at it...isn't that dumb? Oh well, what do you expect from a nut like me...?

Be well and be happy, tracy

Anonymous said...

Hey, while searching for widgets for my blog, I stumbled upon and wow! I found what I wanted. A cool news widget. My blog is now showing latest news with title, description and images. Took just few minutes to add. Awesome!

Mother Jones RN said...

Your blog Mama is going to miss you, too.

Please come back soon.

Ms-Ellisa said...

For cryin' out loud it's been two weeks...!!!!!
Are you really okay???????

where are you?...

Anonymous said...

re-sits not over yet?

* waits patiently for medic to have time to reply sms-es from us lesser mortals *


Jason said...

Come baaaaaaack!!!

Where oh where have you gone?

MY OWN WOMAN said...

Miss ya

Anonymous said...

oh I've tried to patient... I really have... please come back soon!!

The Angry Medic said...

FunkyBrownChick: Oh. Whoa. TMI! Aww but thanks. Surely a bigshot like yourself has way more interesting things to do than kill your brain cells reading this crap.

And besides, why miss me? I'm always haunting your place. If I come to NYC (which I will someday as I'm a huge Trumphead) can I stalk you in real life? Huh can I can I? *theme from The Fan plays*

Doc's Girl: Ooh you don't say! It's a really common name ain't it? Still waiting on that email though. You have the emailing punctuality of me, dear :P

SeaSpray: Aww thanks SeaSpray. And yep, America doesn't seem so bad, does it? But yes, I've heard Sicko's portrayal of the NHS and socialised medicine isn't as great as it seems, though I have yet to watch the film. Will do soon though, and guess whose blog I'll be beating a path to as soon as I see it? :)

Tracy: AWWWWWWWW *vocal cords fuse out from aww overdrive* thank you thankyousomuch. Ooh, you're gonna regret making that offer! I'm abroad at the mo but will send for cookies as soon as I get back to the UK if you really don't mind. Us students are hungry all the time, haven't you heard? :) And I haven't read 'Better' all the way through yet, which is a bummer 'cos I need to get better, and FAST. (Ahaha geddit? I need to get better grades, and the book's called 'Better', and you made a better joke and now I'm making one too, isn't that funny ahaha...)

(I'll shut up now.)

Heh. That was actually quite good though, but as you can see, my lame jokes are far more suicidal-depression-inducing :P

Retarded Anonymous: Hey, while searching for asylums for retarded spammers like you, I stumbled upon Danvers State Insane Asylum and wow! I found what I wanted. A cool insane asylum. Took just few minutes to register, get into the orange jumpsuit and put in the buttplug. Awesome!

Mama Jones RN: Aww thanks Mama. I miss you too, but thankfully I can haunt your blog. BOTH of them (yes, I found your other one too). Bwahaha!

Will come comment as time allows...I have some lessons to learn first.

Ms Ellisa: Awww, you're everyone's favourite blogger now, you know? You're caring AND insanely addicted to blogging (seriously though, you're EVERYWHERE. On every blog I read! How DO you do it?)

I'm still alive, though STILL not working as hard as I should be. Resits are only in September though. No wonder my tutors called me a hopeless case :P

Jason: I'm actually back home! Art thou around? Gimme a holla through email or Friendster, you workaholic drug-Nazi-in-training :)

My Own Woman: Aww thanks MOW. That warms my heart. I have some lessons to learn first though. But I'll be back as soon as I can, just 'cos you asked :P

Jess: Dangit, stop making me blush. I'm sure there's a Surgeon-General's Office health warning against reading my blog somewhere out there :) aww but thanks for the heartwarming kind words. I'll be back soon, I promise, I just need to get back into the game first. But don't say I didn't warn you when your brain starts melting out of your ears... :P

Anonymous said...

Dearest Angry,

I was soooo, sooo, happy to hear from you, you were really getting me worried...! I am glad you are okay and miss you so very much! I am serious about the cookies, just let me know what kind and where to send them and it will give me great pleasure to get them out to the most deserving (and angy) medic I know. Yeah, Angry's back, love him!
Hugs, tracy

Anonymous said...

oh come on. It should take more than that to make an angry medic blush!
good luck getting back in the game!

missbliss said...

Cambridge sucks. Fact.

Elaine said...

Dear Angry

I have been very patient, waiting for your next blog, and soo worried about you when it didn't appear. You must realise how many friends you have out there when so many have commented to say they miss you. I have never seen so many comments on a blog.

Keep your chin up and remember to stay angry:-) Good luck with the resits.

And hurry back.

best wishes from Scotland

SeaSpray said...

Hi Medic - I just read that Trump is renegotiating for a 1 to 2 year contract on the Apprentice! :)

Jason said...

You had better come up with a new blog post or the comments will scroll down right through the nine levels of hell.

You are back?? Too bad I'm in KL and semester is starting tomorrow. To hell with email. you never reply my email anyway. I don't log into Friendster often anyway.

Contact me through my blog. :)

Anonymous said...


Working Girl said...

don't jump!

dan said...

angry medic has died and turned into a potato.

hey, you're getting e-mails from your freakin inflatable penguin?! wtf!

Calabar Gal said...

Hello! Hello! Anybody here?!?!?! LOL!!!

Missing you dearly. Hope you do better in the next series of tests and exams. Cheers.

The Angry Medic said...

Contrary to popular opinion, I am not a dead potato. My brain may resemble one, but I still retain my smooth complexion and astonishingly good looks, thank you very much.

Calabar Girl: Aww thanks for the kind words dear. My resits are a while away but I'll be back soon. Am trying to get over the guilt part still. But you've been warned :P

Medblog Addict said...

Dammit, I wanted to be the 100th commenter. But I couldn't wait. The Apprentice is coming back—-with celebrities. Yay!

I’m not sure how that will work out, but heck, how bad could it be...Trump will still be there.

Miss you.

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Angry, where are you? I know you're studying and I applaud you for that, but we miss you!

Anonymous said...

ANGRRRRREEEEEEE!!!! ANNNNGGGGGRRRREEEEEE!!!! This sucks so flipping much because I flipping miss your blog and your humour and ARGH! ( It's really pathetic but I check it like twice a day to see if there is anything new posted. Oh I need a life...)


Nathan said...

Angry, if it's any consolation, I had to retake a major test myself. And I still got into my first choice residency program.

Hope you can come back soon.

russian coroner said...

angry medic is dead medic


Anonymous said...

i miss you

skinnyminny8 said...

Good Luck for resits.. unless I get off here I'll be joining you.. Remember, whatever doesn't kill ou makes you stronger.. Go win!

The Angry Medic said...

Medblog Addict: I KNOW! I've been keeping up on Trump news. So they're going Apprentice All-Stars, eh? Any chance Rosie might decide to take the plunge? ;)

Xavier Emmanuelle: AWWWW thanks Xavi, but I'm off on self-exile in the Himalayas trying to be more like you! It's sweet of you to say such kind things though. I'll try and come up with something soon, as soon as I can coax what remains of my revision-stuffed brain back into my head :P

Jess: Aww, you're such a darling, you know. If you're a medical student you're gonna be an Izzie Stevens or a Dr Cameron (from Grey's Anatomy and House respectively, in case you study obsessively and don't watch TV like Xavi :P)

But since it's you, I'll come out of my self-imposed exile in the Himalayas soon. (If I get killed by a yeti it's all your fault. Put flowers on my grave every year and tell the Head Porter I'm sorry I put the fart cushion on his seat the other day.)

Nathan: Thanks man. That really helped. I can't help feeling I may have messed up my entire medical career this time. But you've given me hope. I needed that.

Russian Coroner: I is not dead! I escaped forceful Soviet rules by running to Kazakhstan! You will not grab my testes here, I hide in village and stuff my head up cow's arse, you cannot see me! Is nice!

Sweet Anonymous: Aww, I miss you too, dear. Especially since I have no idea who you are. (Mom, is this you? If it is, har har. I'll do the dishes tomorrow, I swear!)

SkinnyMinny8: Whoa you have horrible exams now too? Hey I'm crossing all my fingers and legs and any other appendages I can spare for you! All the best and don't look back!

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear AM, I miss you sooo very much, I am glad you popped in to make a few replies. I was so saddened by your remark that you think you "messed up your whole medical career this time..". I know I don't know what I am talking about in the least, but somehow that seems hard to believe... it just cannot be true....please try not to be so v e r y hard on yourself, it hurts so to think of you being so sad. Please take care and I look forward to your return.. Please be nice to you!

Much concern and care, tracy

AngryYoungChild said...

*takes a deep breath*


heh, Hey there..=p

Ms-Ellisa said...

OKAY- I GOT IT- I GOT IT- I GOT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He's waiting for the comment roll to hit 100...!
Right?!?!?! Come on people!!!!!

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

You read my mind Ms-Ellisa, I was thinking the exact same thing!

Anonymous said...

I AGREE! OH MY GOODNESS!!! YES!!!! You are sooo smart!


Anonymous said...

O-kay, I hope you guys are right....pppllleeeaaassseee come back Angry, I miss you sooo much, sniff. You are the bright spot in my day. Come home...! Much love, Another true fan of Dr Gwande, tracy

Anonymous said...

Chocolate Charmel Toffee Bars....Angry Medic needs Chocolate Charamel Toffee Bars.....Who ya gonna e-mail...? That's right, tracy, your other momma

Anonymous said...

look at the brightside! We're almost at 100!!!


Anonymous said...

Okay, so I can't spell c a r a m e l.......please come back anyway, okay...? Miss you so. tear. tracy

Anonymous said...

If you don't come back soon Angry, I'll put more Barry M. lyrics up....and even I don't care much for him...sigh. please....

love ya, tracy

Eliza said...

a) i miss you
B) it's getting closer to my pre med exams and i need you to keep me sane and convince me that i can do it- like you did

3- are we at a 100 yet?


Elaine said...

Come back, dear Angry

Elaine said...

Yippeeee, this is the hundredth comment - do I win a prize? ;-)

zewt said...

o' angry one.... time to update this blog... dont let it die. it's your duty save life... save the life of thi blog!

Anonymous said...

Arrghhhh, so, 100, wasn't it, now mwhat are we gonna do...? snif, sigh...I am soooo sad with out my angry... :-( Don know what I'm gonna do....Angry, you are sooo loved, I just wish you knew how much you mean to all of us. tracy

the little medic said...

Angry - you were the inspiration for my blog, what am I to do without you, now come back before I...I... slap you silly.

On a serious note, hope everything is working out ok, and I hope you will return soom.

The Angry Medic said...


Sheesh. Go away for a few days, and your readers turn into an angry mob... :P

Okay okay you got me. I'm touched. I'm going away for Saturday, but I promise to put something up on Sunday. Just for all you sweet people who commented here and kept me going :)

(Plus because some of you know where I live. I rather like my windows not being smashed by molotov cocktails, thank you.)

[Little Medic: You're behind this too, aren;t you? Just you wait til I see you in September, man. I know just where to practice my suturing on now... ;) ]

Anonymous said...

November surely?

Anonymous said...

OH YA!!!! WE WIN!!! I am so thrilled now!!! I can't wait for sunday!


HospitalPhoenix said...

I'm also looking forward to Sunday. It's been weird not having your posts (and comments) to make me laugh when I'm supposed to be working!

zu, in. said...

yea, put us out of our misery.

even I'd like to know what's been getting your sauce, Tomato :)


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