Been here a week now and have settled in quite well but has it been hot!!! 40 plus this week with just the promise of a shower or two that never eventuates. To open the back door of the clinic at lunch time is like opening the oven door, the heat is palpable. All in all work has been pretty cruisy, establishing a pattern of steady presentations for the morning that tapers off during the afternoon when anyone with any sense or air conditioning stays where it's cooler. On-call has been very manageable as it is shared out between so many staff so we may get 1 or 2 at the most of being rostered as the first on-call nurse per week. Jo and myself have been rostered as first and second together a couple of times which is easier as if the phone goes in the middle of the night it wakes us both up anyway.
The build up to Christmas has meant a few social engagements and last Saturday night the clinic staff had our Chrissy Dinner at one of the staff's homes. It was a good night except we were on-call and as you might expect were called out just before dinner was about to start. We made it back in time to sit down to something to eat then an hour later we were back out again for a minor issue. The hour or so that took meant by the time we got back everyone was heading home anyway which suited us fine in case another midnight call came. Luckily it didn't so we had an uneventful rest of the night.
The main problem about being on-call Saturday is that we have to get the hand-over on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM then do the handover to the Sunday crew at 8:00 AM on Sunday morning. Means we don't get a sleep in all week and we are back on this Saturday so no lie-ins for 19 days straight!!! Bit of a drag but what are you going to do???
Plans are well underway for our exodus out for the trip back West for our family Chrissy dinner in Port Denison. It is a little of a logistic nightmare trying to organise people, accomodation, food, drink and co-ordinate transport from Yuendumu but it's looking like it might just come together.