Today I did a skills learning day. I learned to cannuate (stick honking needles into a big fake rubber arm with Kool-Aid running through its veins- to set up an IV drip), venipuncture (how to take blood with smaller needles for lab tests), suturing (the medicalese term for sewing), plastering a wrist fracture and intubating (a very "HouseMD" moment). Fun to the extreme level. If learning medicine was like this everyday, I would explode with happy. But usually there's a lot more reading and a lot less sticking things into people. Oh well. Those days will come. Then again, it's propbably far easier working on patients who don't smell funny, won't wiggle, aren't drunk or argumentative, and don't complain if you don't get it on first try. Those days, too are coming....The pics are on Facebook, and Rob might upload them to our site too.
Rob and I celebrated the condo possession date with "Celebratory Whoppers", a tradition we've had for a while now. In Australia, Burger King is called "Hungry Jack's" but they still have Whoppers by the same name. We webcammed (Hey! I just verbed a noun!) so we could do it together (3 pm my time, 10:00pm his time). Rob will upload his side of the story soon. YAY! Condo is gone!!!! Thanks, Jesus!
Lastly on the news front, There is a cyclone winding down the coast of Queenland. Brisbane is so far unaffected. But about 3 hours north us is going to get wacked pretty good. It actually hit Category 5, which is as bad as they come. However, by the time it hits land, it should downgrade to a Cat 3. Which is still bad, and they are estimating there may be up hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage. Part of me wants to see a cyclone in action. Which probably only proves I have no idea how scary they can be. Yikes.