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The place where the air hurts my face…

So, yes, I’ve been a bit quiet, mostly because I have extremely little to share. My vacation was ideal – I slept, recharged much needed batteries, and ate a lot of my mother’s fantastic food (mostly potato and turkey ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

IMG_1872-20141226-014246436ย photo-20150102-093243943 photo-20150102-093249839Snapshots of my holiday, including a truly amazing key lime pie I made ๐Ÿ™‚

And now I’m in Lab City. It is currently -32 degrees centigrade, but it was -54 this morning.

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Needless to say, I now have a lot to report.

My adventure began on Sunday when I left my moms and headed to the airport. The roads were terrible and slushy and it was raining, and we saw several cars in the ditch on our way there. My flight was boarded on time, but was delayed for 40 minutes waiting for the sandwich and snack truck, by which time the weather had changed and we couldn’t take off until another relief runway was cleared. ย All in all we were on the plane, on the runway for about 2 hours before we finally took of, making me a good 1.5 hours past my connecting flight in Goosebay.

Sigh.

As a plus, the delay meant I got to see one of my classmates and friend in the Goosebay Airport for a bit, but it also meant that I was in a hotel overnight in Goosebay and rescheduled out the next morning to Lab City, meaning I was starting my placement late no matter what. The suite in Goosebay was nice, but it was on the second floor, no elevator and my 50 pound suitcase was not fun to drag up in the bitter cold, in the snow ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย The flight the next morning took off, in what I can only describe as a lunchbox with wings ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The flight was actually very smooth, considering the blizzard and the teeny-weenyness of the plane, and I FINALLY made it into Lab City around 11am, where it was also snowing, and -16.

Oh, I’m nostalgic for that warmth already ๐Ÿ˜‰

But honestly, the placement has been fun so far. I’ve been shadowing in the the ER, seen a CT scan, a stroke, minor injuries, listened to a murmur, seen some infected throats and ears. The doctor I’m following is fantastic, and really willing to teach things. ย I’ve seen what morning rounds look like, and tomorrow we are heading to his clinic for some pre-natal appointments (my fav ๐Ÿ™‚ ), while today I hung out with the community health nurses and saw some wound care, a port and some injections, and also learned about the services and care they provide, which was pretty interesting in itself ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Also, I’m probably going to get to shadow in the OBs ward, so fingers crossed, more babies ๐Ÿ˜‰

The hospital we are in is new, and it’s really nice.

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Very state of the art, and as it’s only been operational for a month or so, very shiny and new ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, there is snow.

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This is the view from my – really incredibly nice and roomy 2 bedroom – apartment the university set me up with here ๐Ÿ™‚ and the casual observer might notice that there is snow, and a metric freaking ton of it. ย I’ve been told that, because it is so cold they have less than they usually do this time of year, and given that people have 8 feet tall piles of it on their front lawns I find that hard to believe, but hey I guess they’d know. ย I think I heard people drag racing on the roads on snowmobiles yesterday night, which is possible because they are covered in snow!

Also, the nurse told me today the snow won’t melt until May, and they have their first snow always by October.

I don’t believe I will be making a life in Lab City anytime soon.

But, for all I kid, it really is a nice place with nice people and I’m really enjoying the placement so far! I’m glad I got to have this opportunity, and I’ll remember it always, even more than just to tell a tale at parties about the 2 weeks where I went outside and my nostrils immediately froze shut.

It’s cold here. Did I mention that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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