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……..”

Four Seasons in one Day (Part 2).

Let’s see…..where did we leave off?  It rained hard Friday night, then was sunny Saturday morning, then off to the Farmer’s market…yes, it’s all coming back to me now.   I returned from the Farmer’s market and stored by wares in my cosy little apartment.  Then, it started to rain, not 90 minutes after those photographsContinue reading “Four Seasons in one Day (Part 2).”

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)!”

A Solitary Day…..

Beginning last night, and lasting throughout most of the day today, the internet was out at my apartment.   That meant no Skype, and therefore no talking with my family.   It’s Saturday, and I’m not on call at the hospital this weekend, so the opportunity for personal contact was scarce.  I don’t yet haveContinue reading “A Solitary Day…..”

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….”