Tomorrow I'm heading into one of the local hospitals as a volunteer test patient for the FRACP Clinical Exams.
The exams are for Doctors who have completed their basic training and are now moving on to advanced training.
I've been a volunteer every year since 2004, as I think it's really important to assist with the education of our future Medical Specialists. Even moreso, I think it's beneficial to the wider community, and to those Doctors, for them to be able to have a test case such as mine with more than one unusual medical condition.
In ten years time, a patient may walk into their consulting rooms with vague symptoms, and unlike my case where it took over a year of tests before a diagnosis, they may remember that exam test patient.
Now I just have to pack a few things.... x-rays, lung function test results, and of course the most important thing - my craft bag!