Friday, October 3, 2008

Updates...

As most of you will have noticed I have stopped writing on this blog for the time being. Dr. H and I are back in Southern Canada, she having returned to further anaesthesia residency, and me to emergency room work in the Vancouver area. As I had mentioned previously it is difficult to know what to write about, city life doesn't lend itself nearly as well to story telling.

I am considering starting another blog with a focus on discussion of medical issues from a systems standpoint...less exciting to read, but interesting to write. I will post a link here if I do decide to start that blog.

As for the overall experience of living in northern Canada, it is difficult to encapsulate, but it was exhilarating, challenging, and perspective shifting. Adjusting to southern life is at times a challenge. The pros and cons of southern living were, I think, summed up nicely by an Inuit elder named Etuangat, who lived his life in the Pangnirtung area of Baffin Island and in 1995 travelled to Ottawa for the first time to receive the Order of Canada for his life long dedication to the health of the Inuit people. He was asked for his opinion on trees after seeing them for the first time and responded "One tree by itself is very nice, but when they're all crowded together they block the view." Wise words indeed...