My first time seeing a dying patient felt surreal

One of the things all the newbie doctors were dreading was being put on a weekend shift or night shift so close to starting because that’s when things became very, very real.

And that’s what happened to me. So soon after qualifying, I was set to have a weekend 3-night…


Where do writers draw the line

I remember once I had really bad writer’s block. It got to the point where I felt so frustrated, even when I stepped away from the screen. I couldn’t seem to shake it off. …


We’re only human

I remember one particular patient I looked after back when I first started as a doctor. It was on a specialty ward but we were used to having an overspill of “general medical” patients when the hospital was under pressure.

This patient had a long extended admission which can sometimes…


To be dangerously in love

Only a small percentage of patient encounters stay with me years after leaving medicine. It’s usually the ones that didn’t go well. The ones that were unique in their complexity or were just truly unsettling.

The human mind has a propensity for the negative and mine is no different.

I…


Not even an “Honorable Mention”

Yes, I’m bitter I didn’t win the writing challenge. And every other challenge, competition, and contest that I’ve entered this year.

Jealousy is not a good look and it’s not something I’m proud of, but for full transparency, $50,000 would have gone a long way at this current point in…


The ones that won’t take no for an answer

a man at a computer disguised as an anonymous hacker wearing a Guy Fawkes mask

Years ago, I joined a group that promised me financial abundance if I put in the work and thought positively. After attending a few events, I became high off their enthusiasm, and like a lamb to the slaughter, I signed up and passed over a load of money.

It wasn’t…


Estimated delivery time: 24 months.

“What are you looking for?”

I paused for a moment, taken aback by the directness of the question. After all, this was our first ever phone call, its primary purpose to appease our respective mothers.

“What do you mean?” I asked. …


Single black female seeking halal arrangement

If I see another TV show or watch a movie where a Caucasian woman is moaning about dating in the 21st century and not being able to find a man even with the abundance of choice, I’m going to throw said TV out of the window.

Okay, I’m sorry, I…


And they want to teach

The students. The technicians. The bodies. Each week they meet in the clinical area on the second floor of the Stopford Centre. 5 minutes past the hour a shrill buzz rips through the air and the doors open. …

Zed Bee

I’m a former doctor turned writer/content creator. I write topics on self-help, lifestyle, and the weird and wonderful. My website: https://www.mindthemedic.com

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