I have to start by saying this feels really awkward. I have a lot to say, but the idea of not exactly knowing who is reading this is a little unsettling. And then I wonder about privacy issues surrounding work, so I am not sure how much I can say about that. Most of my friends are on facebook, so this seems a little repetitive.
So Anne, I am thinking of you as I write this! You aren’t on facebook, but I know you are wondering how things are going!
The first week here was a little difficult. Everything is so different. I walked around the hospital feeling like I was on another planet. Thankfully, that passed pretty quickly.
Work: what an great group of people! Everyone from McGill is friendly and helpful. It is pretty amazing to see and hear about the work they have done. This project is huge. I feel so lucky to be a part of something like this. The days are long but for the most part they go by quickly. I spent my first week figuring out power point and excel. My first 3 weeks have been a combo of setting up the clinic charts and working on the learning material for the nurses. Last week I started teaching. I began with Anatomy. We have split the sessions into 2 groups of about 17 nurses. According to pre and post test quizzes, they knew less about the heart after listening to me speak. Hmmm.. back to the drawing board. So I revamped the next presentation on heart failure and spoke very slowly. This is going to be a very long, slow process (for all of us). Clinic opens tomorrow morning!!! We are starting out seeing HF patients a couple days a week. The clinic space is very nice. I will post photos later.
Play: before leaving Calgary, a friend gave me the contact info for a Canadian girl that has been living here for a number of years. I think this is easily the best thing that could have happened to me while in Kuwait. Fatima is from SK and works as a physiotherapist. I could go on and on about how helpful and fun she has been. She has a great group of friends and they have all welcomed me into their social group. I have been to a couple parties, an Arabian horse show and smoked some sheesha in a tent in the desert. Not bad.