I was one of the lucky ones this year and was not working on Christmas Day. After my shift on Christmas Eve I fed the cat, packed up the car with presents and headed to my brother’s house. Waiting for me was a glass of mulled wine, and a hug. Christmas Day was lovely and it was with a heavy heart that I left my family and battled the driving rain in order to get back to London for my night shift on Boxing Day. My feelings of dread were not misplaced: the shift was tough. But most of my shifts have been tough of late. I am in the midst of a six month rotation on ICU (the intensive care unit), having left the familiarity of the acute medical ward and the outpatient clinic, replacing them with a world of ventilators, alarms and intense emotions. I am used to hard work, but I find intensive care physically and emotionally exhausting. It has taken me by surprise just how difficult it is to get through the weeks and I have begun to realise that this is primarily due to a concern that not everything I am going is ‘the right thing’.
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seenbylj on InstagramPacking up ready to move. Time to throw away these pinnacles of my #protest #art!Irish stew and colcannon. Very hearty dinner after a day of packing and painting!Butternut squash and chorizo risotto made with @lafauxmagerie chorizo. So good!New friends in the new garden.We got a lovely cauliflower in the @oddboxldn so I made this roasted cauliflower with bulgar wheat & zoug! Adapted recipe from @olivemagazine. Trying to reduce #foodwaste so I roasted the cauliflower leaves too & they were v tasty with some seasoning & a squeeze of lemon.Lunch @mildredsrestaurants was delicious! Levant spiced kebabs - recommend. Also had a side of kimchi because #kimchi is heaven
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