“I hurt my mate!”

I was delighted to hear a story about my cousin’s daughter Eva referring to her thumb as her “mate”.  Her grandpa had taught her to do a ‘thumbs up’ and explained to her that you can say “g’day mate!” when you give someone the thumbs up.  She logically assumed therefore that this particular appendage was…

Good Grief – Is it possible?

One of my more difficult, draining and yet rewarding consultations in general practice has been one centered around grief and loss.  I saw a new patient who had moved to the area with her husband just over 12 months ago when they had both just retired in their early 60s – soon after, he was…

Recipe for Bad Day Cake

I love my job in general practice, but sometimes you just have a bad day at work and need to drown your sorrows with a nice piece of cake.  Here’s a recipe for a bad day ‘cake’ in GP land. Ingredients 1 teaspoon of a rough night’s sleep 5 patients being squeezed in for appointments…