A day in the life of a doctor, and a life’s end…

If you’re a physician, the CT scan above ought to get your attention….but more on that later. A lot of people (well, doctors mostly, but they, too, are people…mostly) want to know what’s it like to practice medicine in a different country. So this week I thought I’d share a typical day of my workContinue reading “A day in the life of a doctor, and a life’s end…”

Adjusting to life, with no mask!

It was an unusual sensation, my firsts breaths of fresh air without wearing a mask. Once I cleared the last health check in Auckland (after 2 negative COVID swabs, the first on my third day of quarantine, and the second on the 12th day), I was then ‘processed’ by immigration (making sure my passport andContinue reading “Adjusting to life, with no mask!”

Re-entry

When a space capsule returns to the Earth, it has a heat shield to protect it from burning up in the atmosphere.  As I walked into our newly renovated house in Los Gatos I wondered, where is my heat shield? Boxes and boxes everywhere!  I, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, wanted to tapContinue reading “Re-entry”

From the heart…

Today is my last full in Dunedin.  The words, so matter-of-factly written, belie a deep sadness in my heart. This is the store Wine Freedom; hands down the best wine store I know.  Yes, the wines there are outstanding, but more importantly it’s run by Paul Williams, who is just the most knowledgeable (wine) personContinue reading “From the heart…”

Reflecting, and a bucket list

This is it.  The countdown.  My last Sunday night here in Dunedin (for now…..). I didn’t really know what to expect when I moved here a year ago.  I don’t think I tried very hard to imagine what it would be like….I have moved enough in my life (this is the 7th country I’ve livedContinue reading “Reflecting, and a bucket list”

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….”

I haven’t even left the city yet……

Okay, I meant to post something funny today.  Maybe an anecdote about my IT training yesterday, invasive body screens….there was much material from which to choose.  Today, after all, was Saturday, my day of leisure (which has been, let’s be honest, pretty much every day so far, since I don’t officially start work until Monday). Continue reading “I haven’t even left the city yet……”