If you know me at all, you’re probably thinking this post is way overdue.
You would know that my wife is the incredibly hard-working, diligent one in our family who sorts lots of things out and beavers away fixing things, usually before I’ve even noticed there’s a problem.
However, this post isn’t about all those amazing bits and pieces she does to keep everything in order.
Rather, it’s in honour of just how much work she has put in for a big exam she is facing and, in my opinion, she should pass with flying colours.
Back on January 5, when she stayed late at work for the first time to do “revision”, I was little miffed. The exam wasn’t going to be until May – why on earth was she starting preparation already?
A week later, she gave up an evening to go to a revision slot at a local medical practice. She did a mock exam, just a month and a half into working there and did well. Unbelievable.
The exam itself is essentially a mock surgery where she will be required to host thirteen completely random patients (actors and actresses) who could have any condition, issue, need, desire. Much like a standard day at a GP surgery then, only this time the patient brings an examiner in with them and if the doctor accidentally goes over ten minutes the patient gets up and walks out. Rude!
It’s three hours of examination with a significant cost attached to it and a trip to London required in order to take it. She described it as “an adventure” last night. I hope and pray that positive attitude continues.
Since those early days in January, she has been blessed to have the support and revision practice with a wide variety of fellow junior doctors, all of whom have their own slightly different styles, skills and abilities. My wife has passed on some of her expertise too and, in such a supportive climate, has seen her own abilities go from strength to strength.
It must be said that the exam she is taking is usually sat by trainees who are 6-9 months into full time work. She’s been working two days a week since the end of November so in terms of clinical experience is way behind her peers.
What she lacks in experience though, she has made up for and then some with her diligence, conscientious and determined approach. She has practised thousands of cases and I’ve even had the chance to get involved with my roles ranging from a footballer with a dodgy knee to a concerned mother of a four year old child. Unfortunately, my persona in these generally comes across as “angry” or “frustrated”. (I don’t know how else to do a consultation!)
I want to thank those people who’ve really helped with her revision and made a massive impact on my wife’s progress. James, Emma, Becky, Jess, Bebe, Avni, Simi and Kate in particular – you have been invaluable!
So, as she heads to London, my thoughts and prayers go with her. I know she deserves this. I know how amazing she is at her job. But, in all honesty, I also know it’s totally in God’s hands. If she doesn’t pass, it’ll have to wait until way after the baby’s born in October. And that’s OK – she’s taking it early anyway.
And if she does? Well, she’ll have completed all her exams, be well on the road to full sign-off as a GP and just make me even more proud of how incredible she is.
Good luck and God bless.