Words can be the difference between a complaint, or not ; a good day, or not; self esteem, or not. You are probably more resilient to sticks and stones than you think, whilst innocently intended words can be devastating. If you had said that to me as a young dental student, I'd have laughed in … Continue reading Sticks and Stones …
"You have a neck incompatible with dentistry, you should look for a new job" Those are the words no dentist wants to hear half way through their career, least of all after months of treatment, investigations and referrals. To hear that you've reached the end point, that the solution to your problem is to stop … Continue reading A Neck Incompatible With Dentistry
No great story ends this way but that was one of my clinical days this week. Stuff happens, we're trained for it, we deal with it, life goes on. So why write about it? Well, I feel I've reached a place of recovery where my anxiety levels surrounding dentistry are pretty low again and it's … Continue reading And then the ambulance came…
At the risk of harping on about stress again and again. I feel the positive side of stress and stressors doesn’t get enough attention. I could give you the cliche about diamonds and coal, or even that fear and suffering are the way of the dark side but that’s not really what I want to … Continue reading Eustress, the light side of the force.
I was quite excited to have the opportunity to write for dentistry.co.uk So some of this recovers subjects I have written about before but the Links to both articles are below, enjoy Burnt out? Would You Know? Rising Above Stress In the Surgery
Your mental health matters, I came across this hidden and unlisted on my YouTube channel. It's an important message, so sit yourself down, make a cup of tea and spare yourself 15 mins. Please share to anyone who needs to hear this. It was recorded late 2017. Click Here to Watch
This week, as often happens, my nutritional and coaching studies overlapped with my dental life. My studies turned to providing positive feedback and I was reminded of an excellent presentation I attended back in 2016. It was titled ‘My DA and Me’ It was refreshing to see on the agenda of The Lumino The Dentists … Continue reading My DA and Me
Today is seven years since the devastating February earthquake in Christchurch in 2011. Like anyone here on that day or the surrounding months, it’s forever part of me. I've been reflecting on those seven years and wanted to share some of the lessons the quakes taught me, both in and out of the surgery. The … Continue reading Post Quake Thoughts
I feel pretty lucky to be here in New Zealand (NZ) for so many reasons. It’s a beautiful country, moving here in 2005 was a lifestyle choice. The country is about the size of the UK but the population just shy of 5 million, that’s less than half the number of people who live in … Continue reading Still Ten Foot Tall And Bullet Proof?
The blog got a name change! It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I liked Fang Farriers, not only the term but that it wasn't as easily associated with dentists by the general public as something with dentist in the title. A way of hiding in plain sight, so then I started … Continue reading The Dentist’s Guide To Life