Yearly Archives: 2011

Backpain Panto!

Cast of Characters

Cinders – our long suffering heroine
Sciatica – the wicked step mother
Inebria & Nicotina – Cinder’s sister
Doctors Panacea & Placebo – locum doctors at Denmark Road
Sister Toogood Toobetrue – District nurse
Ivor Flash Blade – Visiting orthopaedic surgeon
Cat Scan – Chief Radiologist

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Guilty Training

I’ve just returned from a 3 day reflective trainers course.

These are great learner centred educational meetings which have no real agenda and only a loose structure.

The learning is owned by the group and can tend to go in any direction. It is always enjoyable and often generates some unexpected results. One interesting nugget I picked up is how to apologise when you’re running late.

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Answers to Christmas Puzzler

I suspect that many people who looked at the quiz were more puzzled about how my brain works rather than the puzzles themselves!

But I guess we’re all excited by different things and that it the spice of life.

The great thing about mathematics is that it underpins all of life. If God is ever proved to exist or shown merely to be a product of our amazing brains, then you can be sure that mathematics will underpin that proof. Every branch of scientific enquiry uses maths as its fundamental foundation.

Talking of God brings me back to the answer to Question 1. God and the story of Adam and Eve. When Eve popped into existence she asked Adam who he was, to which he replied ‘Madam I’m Adam.’

Question 2. Cast your minds back to Thursday 30th January 2003. Because I’m so obsessed with palidromes I always try hard to see if there is a way of twisting the date to fit—but this was pretty easy. 30.1.03.

The Friday proved to be a little trickier but I think still works 31.1.3 There was no way the Saturday and Sunday could have palidromed but I missed not putting down 1.2.3 (or 01.02.03) for Saturday!

But on Monday I had that spine tingling moment of realising that the date could be written 3.2.3!!

Wow, a once in a millennia moment!

Christmas Puzzler

I’ve told you many times that my brain is wired differently.

For example I have an annoying habit of manipulating things subconsciously and joining imaginary lines. For example, no matter how hard I try to avoid drawing imaginary diagonal lines across the ceiling of a room in an attempt to make a perfect square, I just cannot stop myself.

I have no idea why the deep thinking bits of my brain should be wasting valuable processing power on such useless activities but there it is, it just happens.

I find myself having bizarre conversations between my conscious and subconscious— so when I have created a square asking it why? And does it make me feel better? Now I realise these odd thoughts are just the sort of ramblings which are likely to get me carted off to St Anns, but even so I find them irresistible. The one saving grace is that ironically, rather than being carted off to St Anns I’m one of the men in white coats who do the assessments in the first place. I find this quite reassuring, it means that if an eccentric doctor like myself thinks someone needs the security and safety of St Anns, then they really do need that help.

But back to the puzzles. Another quirk my brain has is reversing things (looking for palindromes). For example I cannot read the word desserts without feeling stressed. I pause over words like rotator with that same internal satisfaction of seeing a perfectly square ceiling.

So here are my couple of puzzles, be warned they are exceedingly tricky!!

Puzzle 1 – What was the first palindrome?

Puzzle 2 – A few years ago, I came into work on a Thursday and had the great satisfaction of manipulating the date so that I could write it palindromically.

Now I realise that is hardly surprising because there are lots of dates each year which can be written the same forwards as backwards—the last one was 11.11.11 – that was a particularly special date.

But I digress. Much to my surprise why I came to work on the Friday, would you believe it, I was once again able to write the date palindromically!!! Wow. I spent the weekend marvelling that such mathematical curiosities should exist and that the vast majority of the population live in complete ignorance of such phenomena. And lo and behold I come back to work on the Monday and once again I’m able to write the date palindromically.

I think I spent the day in some higher mental state of mathematical nirvana. I can’t help but feel that my patients must have suspected something was amiss from the faraway dazed expression on my face.

As I’ve said these events happened several years ago but they still make the hairs stand up on my neck!

Your task is to work out those 3 miraculous dates!

Click here for the answers!

New Screening?

It cannot have escaped your notice that our waiting room has had a couple of major changes.

Firstly we’re in the throes of redecorating, the practice needs a spruce up. But secondly all the notice boards have gone. After 12 years we’ve accepted the inevitable, which is that nobody ever really read what was on them!! So we’ve bitten the bullet and invested in modern technology and put up a couple of plasma screens.

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Support Your Practice

Do you want to support Denmark Road Medical Centre and help in our aim to provide the best possible care to our 6,800 patients?

We know that you value the service we offer. We know that some of you feel the service has already achieved that lofty goal. But we also know that we can always do better, but to do better we need your help.

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Cunning Plans

I think I may have discovered why computer passwords have to be changed so frequently.

When I sit down each morning to log into the computer I have to remember about half a dozen passwords . Furthermore I’m encouraged to ensure that these passwords are not easily identifiable, so my old favourites – dobby, dobby1, dobby2 etc – along with the hint – not the smartest pet dog in the world is definitely not robust enough to pass muster with the NHS security test.

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