Whitsundays take 2!
Trip Start Aug 08, 2011
50Trip End Jul 22, 2013
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So I've been in ICU a while now and am settling in. I was wary of my bosses to begin with as I'd heard a few horror stories but I actually really like them all
The hours i've found pretty difficult. Especially when its busy. This week with a little overtime I exceeded 90 hours in 7 days, never got more than 5-6 hrs sleep and averaged 1-2 meals a day. Not the healthiest lifestyle! At the moment they have changed the rota so that i stay in ICU for another term but I am trying to swap back to ED. I would definately like to do more ICU as it is a massive learning curve but it would be nice to break it up a bit and have a term of being healthy again! I haven't been more than a few days without picking up a new virus since being in intensive care and as you can imagine the viruses we get there tend to be the nasty ones
I used one of my weeks off to go back to the Whitsundays with Rosie and Ashleigh - a much needed break after a stressful few weeks here. It was just the tonic I needed and i came back feeling much better about things. We went on a different boat trip called the Summertime. It was smaller than The Solway Lass with just 9 guests, had a jacuzzi and the advantage of sea kayaks. Thats said because of its size it was also a lot more bumpy a ride and I did get a bit seasick! I really enjoyed both boats but I do have a real soft spot for the Solway, perhaps just as it was my 1st experience of the beautiful Whitsundays. Another difference with this trip is that i got the courage up to try diving. It was just an intro dive down to 5m but it gave me a flavour of what its like. I had a few problems equalising the pressure in my ears but probably just as I had a cold the previous week. I really enjoyed it and am considering getting my PADI license at some point. There is a great dive site near Byron which I havent been to yet.
After the Whitsundays we all went back to our respective homes to do a week of nights and then met back up when the girls came to Byron for a few days
Right I'd better go, tiredness is beginning to take over! I'm sure they'll be another update after my uk trip with a few piccies! I'll upload some pictures from the girls visit and Whitsundays take 2 as soon as I get a chance!