Sakabaun; sake bomb?

Just another day in the life of a student nurse. One of the ladies from our sewing circle was roasting goose in her backyard teepee. I went over there and sat by the fire. I helped rotate the goose by spinning it with a stick. It was lovely to relax by the fire and just … Continue reading

New Digs

Whenever I move into a new place, the first thing I try and do is steal wi-fi. Pretty terrible, eh? Anyways, I was successful! So here I am blogging my new accommodations. This is what $600/mo will get you. Exhibit A: Exhibit B: Thankfully, things will be split in half. And hydro is taken care … Continue reading

Moccasins, Rawhide, & Fur. Oh My!

As soon as I heard from the locals that there was a craft class every Tuesday night, I was stoked! It’s taught by 3 elders in the community. This month they are working on moccasins made from moose hide. Everyone told me that it was informal, and that anyone could join. We trekked over to … Continue reading

Night Owl

I just completed two nights in the in-patient department of the hospital. I got home and just passed out. But I woke up remembering my nightmare — patients were calling out, phones were ringing, chaos. It’s funny how my blog name has already become a reality within 3 days of working here. I wouldn’t say … Continue reading

Recharging the Batteries

I’ve had the last few days off. I met up with my nurse educator and she took me around the hospital for a tour. We don’t have elevators, but a ramp for stretchers. It has more services than I thought; it’s got a lab, x-ray, ultrasound, mental health workers, dietitians, physiotherapy, OR, dialysis, and LTC … Continue reading

Sleep is for the Weak

I made it through my first night shift! Thank goodness for coffee and small snacks to keep me awake. And also, I really prefer it when it’s busy. Last night I was in the Emergency department. The cases I saw were mostly clinic cases, you’re average cold/cough/pain/flu. I passed the time by reading about different … Continue reading

First Graveyard Shift T minus 8 hrs

Can I just say that duvets are the best? It was the best sleep I’ve had since the beginning of the year. When my head hit the pillow, I was out like a baby! I definitely need to invest in one when I return home. I was going to walk to the hospital this morning, … Continue reading

Home sweet home

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. I feel like I really did get swept up in a tornado and arrived somewhere foreign. As we got off the train with our heavy luggage in tow, we tried to find our nurse. But it seemed like in the rush of getting home, she had forgotten us. So … Continue reading

Minus fourteen and snowing

The first leg of our journey is now complete. We took a leisurely drive on the highway, making some memorable stops along the way. I left the house at 10 am this morning, with a delicious Kensington coffee in hand. Thank goodness I had help with my luggage. I’m going to guestimate it’s 65 lb … Continue reading

Calm before the Storm

Well, it’s 2 in the morning and I’m still packing. I guess old habits die hard! I’ll be driving up north with my colleague. I can’t wait to start this adventure. Road trip for 10 hours, and then we’ll take a train. I’ll be sure to take lots of photos while on my way there. … Continue reading