There is really nothing more to say without going overboard :) It's a unique unit - not really a true ED & certainly not a typical in-patient ward. It's like a mix between an ED, a chronic medical ward (Thank You OBC for my in-pt experience!) and an ICU. We also see a lot of transplant pts...not usually fresh ones, but no shortage of kidneys here I guess. I do try to remind myself this is a specialist/referral hospital so our pt population will be a little distorted. Just like at home - too many days at work made you feel like 80% of the U.S. was either heroin addicted, drunk, diabetic or wanted to jump off a bridge. Here, you feel like all Saudi's are either borrowing a kidney, have a congenital abnormality, have had cardiac surgery, are jaundiced or diabetic...obviously not true in either country - just a skewed perspective. And rather fascinating of course!
Which is why it's important NOT to work too much! I'm happy to have gotten off the beach (boring!) and into a boat. A bunch of us booked a trip out on the Red Sea - a few went diving, the rest snorkeled. Really cool coral reefs with Amazing fish - next time I'll try & get some underwater photos. I will probably refresh my dive cert & hope to try some wind surfing....I've heard women are "not allowed" to do the latter. More investigation will be conducted.
Last week a Filipino friend from work took us to the fish market - much cleaner than some I've seen and always more fun than buying seafood in the grocery store :)
Lesson of the day - choose boy crabs instead of girl crabs...
Actually, just stick to Oregon crabs & get regular fish - Yum! After the market we went to another co-workers house (not in a compound!) and enjoyed a lovely meal & afternoon.
On my next stretch off we plan to take a trip to Taif - it's east of Jeddah, past Mecca, and quite a few clicks away. Apparently there are mountains to hike & camels to ride & monkeys to see! We may even visit a "flower water"/perfume distillery (not, for the record, my preferred type of distillery!) We'll see what actually happens. It's a hospital organized trip so all I know is that it is from 7:30 - 11pm. Stay tuned...
As always, I hope all is well - wish I could send ya'll some of this hot, super sunny weather!
Thanks again for your comments - just when I feel "over it" (like after Blog Post #1 :)) I read your comments & am encouraged to post again!
Until next time,
PS: Warren, I am dreaming of your...gorgeously....delicious...STOUT! You bet your rokba you are saving me some!!