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James talks about his job.


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I sort of chose this job, part of me chose it – because I fell into it by accident. I started off doing it because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, because I’d done a lot of nursing, and retraining. Because initially I was a musician. So, um – I knew that I did something in the NHS, I would be safe to have a seizure! And they couldn’t discriminate against me. And I have colleagues who have epilepsy, so it’s not a problem. Believe it or not, surgery is a chilled out environment, and you have to be fairly chilled, and you to have a very dark sense of humour which suits my personality. The hours are similar to what… they are as close to nine to five as you’re ever going to get in the NHS. They’ve been very fair as an employer, because they don’t make me do nights. I do on call, but I do up to half eight, so I do trimmed days. Because if I did an on call at night, it would interrupt my sleep pattern and trigger a seizure. It’s not the same with everybody, I’ve got a friend who’s got nocturnal epilepsy and she does nights. So, better for her. But, as a musician I was having seizures playing in string quartets…! So, you know, things like that – it can really affect you.