A few birthdays
Trip Start Aug 08, 2011
64Trip End Jul 22, 2013
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I've been working at Lismore for almost a month now and I'm beginning to settle in. I'm getting more confident but it's still stressful at times! Emergency medicine is very different here to the UK where it is more of a triage service. Here however, we keep the patients much longer so we do a lot more specialised procedures and investigations direct from ED and patients have a full work up before they get accepted by the appropriate speciality. Basically that means it takes us much longer to sort them out and we also have to be a 'jack of all trades.' So it can be very challenging at times but ultimately it's the best experience I can have and will be a huge benefit to me when I get back to the UK - especially if I specialise in general practice. I've also treated my 1st snake bite
It was Wyns birthday last week and luckily I managed to swap out of my shift at the hospital. One of wyns presents was an annual pass to the gold coast themeparks which are about an hour from Byron. So we went to the warner bros movie world for the day which was great fun. There was a few big rollercoasters and we were lucky that it was midweek and technically still winter (even though it was boiling hot!) so the park was quiet and we didn't have to queue for more than 10 minutes. The ticket also includes entry to seaworld and wet n'wild so we'll be making a few more trips to the gold coast. In the evening we went to byron for a night out and stayed in a hostel as we hadn't moved into our new house yet. It was a fab night which ended in cheeky monkeys as most byron nights out do. That place reminds me of some of the student bars we frequented at uni - think smoke machines, limbo competitions and dancing on tables...
It was also my friend Rosie's birthday a few days ago and as I had a few days off work, I headed to Sydney where the girls are based. Wyn decided to stay In byron to continue the job hunt and also to test his new surf board out! The first day i was pretty tired as I had moved house that day and not slept at all due to woking late then catching a 6am flight! So I just went to bondi junction for a few hours to the shopping mall then headed to Darling Harbour in the evening to meet rosie when she finished work for dinner
I'm back in Byron now and enjoying settling into the new house (as we only moved in a few hours before I left for sydney!) The only downside of the house so far is that the phone signal is rubbish! That said, we now have wifi (so skype will be significantly easier!) as well as mod cons such as a washing machine and a huge digital TV so I can finally watch neighbours again! We also tried out the pool today but its way to cold yet and I only lasted 2 lengths!
Wyns enjoying his surfing now he's got a new board, although its a bit too cold yet so he also invested in a wetsuit. He's not had a lot of luck on the job front - there's so little about at the moment! But he's had a few interviews that he's waiting to hear back about and he's meeting our neighbours brother for a chat tomorrow who works in finance so were hoping he may have some contacts. I'm sure something will come up!
Well thats about all for now! Hope you're all ok!
And Abbie, have an amazing birthday tomorrow, I'm sorry I can't be with you for it!
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