Leanne's 10buck tour!
Trip Start Aug 08, 2011
64Trip End Jul 22, 2013
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After getting back from my trip to the UK in May, I went back to work in ICU another term. I've learnt a lot but I feel it's time to go back to ED now - I'm looking forward to working normal hours again! ICU hours are intense! (just 1 week to go!) The last week especially intense after 4 cardiac arrest calls and some very sad emotional cases. I had an awful case this week where we lost a young woman unexpectantly of unknown cause. She had 3 children including a baby and so it was all incredibly sad. I learnt a lot about brainstem testing and organ donation but it put a strain on all involved. Thankfully cases like that are rare.
It's not been all work lately, fortunately! A month ago we had our winter hospital ball
2 weeks later it was Splendour time! A much anticipated music festival held in Byron Bay. Australia's version of Glastonbury. It was inevitably muddy, hectic and very very fun! We didn't see as many bands as I had hoped as trying to coordinate 15 drunk people can be a bit of a challenge! However the bands I did see were brilliant especially The Kooks and The Gossip. Everyday involved champagne breakfast parties, crazy outfits and lots of brilliant music. The weather was brilliant especially considering it is mid winter. We had 1 rainstorm just before we arrived on the 1st day ensuring there was calf deep mud dance floors - which I think added to the fun a little! Especially when AJ one of the occupational therapists from work fell over in it! She took great pleasure in trying to get everyone else as muddy as possible! Unfortunately Wyn decided not to go to Splendour as he didn't know many of the australian bands and as his work is casual, he got a lot of work during the Splendour weekend as town was so busy
The last few weeks have been busy with visitors. Wyn's Mum, Susan and his younger brother Joe arrived last week. Unfortunately I have not seen much of them yet due to the hours I work but they seem to be enjoying themselves, even braving the freezing cold mid winter swimming pool and ocean! Although I'm not sure how brave they will be to go swimming again after seeing a shark from the beach a few days ago! We did manage to go out for dinner the other evening which was nice. They are now in Sydney for a few days arriving back this evening. I have a week off so hopefully we will have a few day trips.
Whilst they have been away, my friend Neil from the Uk and his girlfriend Cerian, came to visit. I had not met Cerian previously as they got together after we left for Australia but she is absolutely lovely and we had a lot of fun yesterday. They arrived in the morning so we went for a late breakfast and then walked to Byron lighthouse that afternoon. It's such a beautiful walk - it never gets boring no matter how many times I go. Having been in Yamba the past few days on 'Shanes 10 buck tour' where they met a plastic snake and saw a man whisked off to hospital after a badly timed cliff jump, the pressure was on to give them an enjoyable tour of Byron instead
Anyway that is all for now. I will post some photos soon. Hope all is well back home! x