These Trials give me goosebumps

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One of the first seminar series I had to attend as a medical student was titled “Ethical thinking for physicians”. Now, after having studied for about six years and having listened to what feels like a million different lectures, I still consider these first seminars very valuable.

As very young medical students, it forced us to think about questions that physicians are faced with every single day.

Should you perform cardiopulmonary reanimation on a terminally ill patient? Are you allowed to perform an abortion on a mother who doesn’t want to become a parent? …

Imagine this was your story.

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I was 19 years old when my dad passed away suddenly. My heart still aces when I think of the phone call I received from my little brother.

“Ruby, you need to come home. Dad died.” My whole world stopped, my heart broke into a million pieces and nothing was ever like it was before.

Now, 8 years later I still miss him terribly — and sometimes, on weak days, I cry myself to sleep and let my creative mind wander a little bit, into the corners of my mind where I hide the pain and the mess of his…

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My heart aces.

When I woke up this morning, I expected to have a pretty average day. I am currently working as a Junior Doctor in the Swiss Alps, which means waking up to the sun rising beneath the snow-covered mountains and enjoying the breathtaking view while having a first desperately needed coffee.

Never would I have imagined discovering something today that would cause me endless struggles with my moral concepts.

The emergency room was already crowded when I started working at 7 am. It’s the last weekends that allow for skiing and snowboarding. Snow has fallen a lot during the week and…

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A Short Story

Once upon a time, in a country not too far away, in a town so small, you would barely even notice it, there was a nurse named Elise.

Elise was — at least that’s how her friends and those who knew her would have described her — quite ordinary. She lived in an ordinary apartment, she worked in an ordinary hospital, and there had never been any scandal, the smallest bit of rumor about her.

But, and few people knew this, and those who did would never tell: Elise was anything but ordinary. …

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…And What She Taught Me About Life.

When you start working in the medical field, no matter if you are a physician, a nurse, or a student, you will be confronted with humanity in a whole different format.

While you might have studied the most complicated diseases and while you might have understood the complex physiology of the human body, I don’t think anyone is ever prepared for what caring for others really means.

Suddenly, it is your job to care for very sick patients in their final moments. Suddenly, you have integrated into the intimacy of total strangers. …

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Someone Died on Our Watch Today

It’s a very average morning on a very average ICU in a very average hospital, somewhere in Germany. While the rest of the world might be under the impression, that the infection with the Corona Virus is the only life-threatening disease these days, that’s of course not true.

On our ward, people are suffering from cancer, hepatitis, autoimmune diseases, and more.

While the new virus is overshadowing the year 2020, other sicknesses have not stopped.

I have been doing my internship on this very average ward in this very average hospital for about four weeks now and I am already…

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…And I Bet You Know Them All

An undefeatable superhero. His mission? To save the world from an unknown villain. Danger. Mystery. Tension. And, of course, there is also the girl.

Everybody has seen the movies about the Secret Intelligence Service Agent James Bond, better known by his code number 007. He is a heavy smoker, consumes large amounts of alcohol, and yes, sometimes he is a sexist. Yet, we all know that he is a good guy.

If we break it down to what the story around James Bond is actually about, we can wrap it up in one sentence: An agent is called on an…

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A story about a patient, skin-tone bandages, and a potentially life-threatening disease.

“Mrs. S., come with me please.” An older woman gets up from one of the uncomfortable chairs in the waiting area. Underneath my mask, I try to give her a welcoming smile. It has been a difficult year for all of us and the waiting area in the emergency room is definitely not the place to be in this ongoing pandemic.

I guide her to one of our examination rooms. She must be a little over 80 years old. Of course, she came by herself. …

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The Incredible Story of Invisibobble®

Sophie Trelles-Tvede was only 18 years old when she accidentally came up with what was soon to be a multi-million dollar idea.

In her first year of college, she was getting dressed for “Bad Taste Party” organized by a student union — while her outfit was already on point, she had no time to style her hair. As a joke, she ripped out the spiral cable of an old disused telephone hanging on her dorm-wall and used it to tie up her hair in a messy bun.

When she woke up the next day, tired and feeling groggy, her hair…

Our Nights Are Made of 90-Minute-Cycles. Use Them Wisely.

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We all enjoy it, we all need it — and most of us don’t get the amount their body would need: A good night's sleep is essential to be able to concentrate throughout the day.

While we sleep, our bodies get the rest they need. We can re-energize and regenerate important physiological mechanisms, for example, our well-functioning immune system.

A newborn baby will sleep for up to 18 hours per day, while an adult usually needs around 7–8 hours of sleep per night.

Yet, getting even seven hours every single night can be tough. …

Ruby Melone

Passionate about writing, medicine, nature and my bunny “the shredder”,

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