This is like Fight Club

“Look, Dr. Clarke, this is like Fight Club.  What happens at the reg dinners stays at the reg dinners.” Gulp.  What did I get myself into? But, I’m getting ahead of myself.  This was the first week here in Dunedin that has had the feeling of a routine.  Get up early, get dressed, drive intoContinue reading “This is like Fight Club”

On the fringe

Dunedin is on the fringe.  Such a vibrant city and so far south.  Keep heading south and your next stop is Antarctica.  The Central Otago wine region is on the fringe, said to be the southernmost wine region in the world.  And today’s offering from Central Otago is the 2009 Clyde Village Pinot Noir.  It’sContinue reading “On the fringe”

You Know You’re in Dunedin When…..

You come home from work, and find 2 cubic meters of wood to stack. Yesterday I ordered 2 cubic meters of wood to be delivered to my house.  I figured out I needed this when the prior night I froze my bu– off on a particularly cold night.  To be fair, the property agent saidContinue reading “You Know You’re in Dunedin When…..”

One month in Dunedin

One month already gone by.  I vividly remember writing a post about my first week in Dunedin, and now that seems so long ago…. and just like yesterday. Today is the perfect anniversary of being in Dunedin one month.  This morning I walked to the hospital, surprised it was so warm outside.  I had worn,Continue reading “One month in Dunedin”

If you like to watch……..

My travel wings have been clipped.  On Monday I started work on the medical wards (for real, since over the past two weeks I was just helping and was an extra wheel) in which I have my own team of a registrar (resident), house officer (intern) and two medical students.  I am on service forContinue reading “If you like to watch……..”

It is not always sunny in Dunedin

It is dark outside, nearing 9 o’clock in the evening.  It’s the kind of dark you experience only in the in the winter, where twilight doesn’t linger, but instead soon after the sun sets the light is quickly swallowed.   The rain, which has pelted my window for the last several hours, has dissipated.  We wereContinue reading “It is not always sunny in Dunedin”

I’ll be right there for your X-ray, Mr. Smith!

So I ordered a portable chest X-ray the other day.  And I waited…..and waited.  Finally, they wheeled this old thing around the corner!  The good thing, I was thinking as I watched them X-ray Mr. Smith’s chest, was that he benefited in two ways from the X-ray.  First, we would (eventually) get a look atContinue reading “I’ll be right there for your X-ray, Mr. Smith!”

Happy 98th Birthday, Grandma! And…Hey, where’s the alcohol (wipe)!

Today is my Grandmother’s 98th birthday.  I’d point her out in the photograph, but I’ll bet you can do that without my prompting.  With her are two of my (three) sons, Ryan to her immediate right and then Matthew, and to the left is my sister Karen.  I sure wish I could have been there. Continue reading “Happy 98th Birthday, Grandma! And…Hey, where’s the alcohol (wipe)!”

One week in Dunedin….

It’s difficult to imagine it has only been one week since I arrived here.  What was so foreign a week ago, was less novel a few days later, is now almost a routine.  But then, if things ever get dull, I can go to the hospital. “Nil by Mouth” is a sign posted by someone’sContinue reading “One week in Dunedin….”

Comparisons (Part Two). And, you want me to swab my what?

A very interesting day.  It started with 8am rounds at the hospital.  I was observing only, as I can’t officially work until the Medical Council gives me the final OK (expected next week).  These were called hand-off rounds, where the doctors who had worked overnight discussed the cases they had seen, and then one ofContinue reading “Comparisons (Part Two). And, you want me to swab my what?”