Thursday, July 19, 2007

Above the tree line

We finally made it to Iqaluit after 5 days of frantic packing, 2 flights and 3 hotel stays. It's been a long week and it's still not over yet!

We are still living out of our suitcases but we're loving the apartment we're renting here. It's bigger than our old apartment, and the layout is much more appealing. The rents are quite high (we're paying more than we were in the city) and the houses are all extremely functional; in the minus 40 weather there is no place for esthetics, it's all about staying warm and making it through the winter. Right now the weather is actually quite nice...the highs are between around 5 and 10 degrees Celsius, and apart from a bit of rain, it's been pretty clear. The weather is can literally see the fog rolling in and out of the bay. There is a stark beauty to this place and the walk to the hospital in the mornings is really stunning.

I am doing anesthesia in the mornings and clinics in the afternoons. Aaron has done some emerg shifts and is getting organized on some projects he'll be working on up here over the year. I have to admit it, I am totally exhausted. Mental overload. I think I feel more comfortable in the operating room than I do in the family medicine clinic. I guess I am just used to having my little spot in the OR with all my familiar drugs and airway equipment and my monitors. The clinic is a completely different beast and I'm a bit overwhelmed by the breadth of stuff that comes in. To any specialist who has ever maligned a family doc, I challenge you to spend a week (or a day...or even an hour) in a family practice and ever feel justified in bad-mouthing a family doctor again. Luckily, everyone at the hospital has been absolutely lovely and helpful and welcoming.

We've been too busy to take any pictures but I'm sure there will be many posted here soon (along with some insightful comments from Aaron). For tonight, I'm going to make some dinner and then retreat to the bedroom with the tinfoil-covered window (to keep out the midnight sun) for some sleep, and get up and do it all over again tomorrow.

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