Much of my learning comes from what my patients tell me from their own experiences and the rest of it comes from personal experience.
When I had a wisdom tooth extracted and the socket became infected, I found I became much more sympathetic towards patients with tooth ache. It REALLY hurts by the way. The sort of pain which doesn't go away and makes you unable to think about or focus on anything else.
Before I had my son, I thought I gave pretty good advice to pregnant ladies and new mums. Now I know what they really mean when they talk about the pain of breast feeding and the experience of spraying the walls in your local cafe with breast milk because you can't quite wrestle newborn to nipple and maintain modesty when you've only had three hours sleep. I can also add retained placenta, indigestion, piles and sleep deprivation to the learning list thanks to pregnancy and childbirth.
So on Wednesday morning, when I left the house with my small son to walk him to nursery before I went on to work, I didn't know what new experiences I would be able to add to the list. I am fairly sure that getting knocked over by a taxi whilst crossing a road wasn't the first thing to spring to mind!
So what have I learnt from this experience that will make me a better pharmacist?
- Paramedics, A&E staff, hospital midwives and the Sick Kids in Edinburgh all do a brilliant job at picking us up and putting us back together again.
- A parent's first and over-riding instinct is to protect their child - even if that involves shoving them out of the way of harm.
- Getting hit by a ton of German engineering really doesn't hurt much at the time!!
- Arnica works for bruises.
- Getting hit by a ton of German engineering really does hurt a lot after 24 hours.
- Paracetamol must be taken regularly if it is to properly help with pain
- Getting hit by a ton of German engineering hurts even more after 48 hours.
- Being pregnant means only being able to take regular paracetamol. That doesn't cut it!
- Avoid coughing, sneezing or laughing if you have cracked ribs.