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……..”

Four seasons in one (farmer’s market) day. Part 1

Last night I sat at my desk by the window, and listened to the rain.  Tonight, I sit at the same desk watching the last bits of twilight fade away.  For a brief moment the heavy cloud cover was golden, but those vibrant colors quickly faded and now have turned to gray.  It is, again,Continue reading “Four seasons in one (farmer’s market) day. Part 1”

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)!”

A University, A fish store, and why I have the cleanest front windshield in Dunedin.

The University of Otago is a like Dunedin, a mixture of traditionalism and modernism.  You can see both, in these photographs I took yesterday strolling through the campus.  Students from all over the world come here, which is quickly appreciated when you see the students and listen to the different languages spoken around the campus. Continue reading “A University, A fish store, and why I have the cleanest front windshield in Dunedin.”

On the road again….

In my job contract there is mention of my duties at the Balclutha Hospital….yada, yada, yada….who reads that stuff?  Today, I got the Balclutha experience.  As it turns out, if you read the fine print (which was oddly the same font size as the rest of the contract) about every other week, I am toContinue reading “On the road again….”

What a difference a day makes…and resisting temptation.

Most of the patients we care for on the medical team are on the eighth floor (it’s a nine story building) of the hospital.  This is a view from the stroke ward window on the eighth floor.  Not too shabby.  In the US, we would say it’s the 9th floor, because we call the groundContinue reading “What a difference a day makes…and resisting temptation.”

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?”