Jo has been blown away by cyclone Marcus this week, almost literally! Marcus slipped down the western coast of the Northern Territory dumping huge amounts of rain with high winds that caused plenty of havoc in Darwin. Palumpa escaped any property damage by the winds but caused plenty of inconvenience. Unfortunately timing is everything and one chap had the bad luck to be bitten by a snake just the cyclone went passed. Snake bites are always flown out for management in hospital but as the cyclone was still raging about the Careflight plane was grounded until the Darwin airport opened again. That meant Jo had an all-nighter in the clinic monitoring the unlucky guy. Although he was quite stable she had to stay awake, while he and the second responder had a lovely nights sleep. Jo was able to handover the next nurse at 8:00 AM to go home and try to catch up on her sleep. Although it sounds a simple process of closing the blinds and just passing out due to exhaustion but the reality is different. You are usually lucky to catch a few hours sleep before your body clock says it's time to wake up again. That's not usually too much of an inconvenience but at 11:30 PM Jo gat another call-out from the other Nurse as there was a head injury coming in and the usual second responder was unable to attend. So another broken sleep for her as she wasn't finished until 3:30 AM!
Jo had to be back on board at 8;00 AM as the GP was flying in for his weekly visit as well as the usual clinic manager who was returning from leave, Jo had been filling in for her. So a few hours sleep, work for a full day, fly to Darwin, night in hotel, up at 6:00 AM for flight to Alice Springs, night in hotel, flight to Tennant Creek, night with me then drive to Ali Curung where she will be for the next 3 weeks. At least for the next 3 weeks Jo will be only one and a half hours drive away from me so I will be able to drive there every week end. Hopefully we can sign up some contracts together after these have finished.