Do not resuscitate: I’m a junior doctor
The ups and downs in the life of a foundation year doctor
As a junior doctor you experience good and bad days. The good days are fantastic. Successfully deducing the cause of my patient’s nausea and easing his discomfort is satisfying. Inserting the cannula that no one else has been able to or performing a lumbar puncture makes me feel skilled. And although I’m more likely to be performing a digital rectal examination than sit in a plush office, and although the free perks of the NHS are limited, the sense of camaraderie among junior doctors is a perk second to none.
Seeing a patient rapidly improve is the best part. It is great when the investigations confirm his clinical picture is improving with treatment, and I am able to say, “Sir, you are making a great improvement,” or, to the patient who had spent two weeks in intensive care, “You can go home tomorrow.”
I recently saw a patient who had