I am officially back from Nunavut! Until the plane lifted off the runway in Iqaluit, I was nervous that I wasn't going to make it home. Weather delays are legendary in the North. I arrived home on Sunday night and Monday evening I headed to North Bay. I'm working in North Bay for the next four weeks. This morning I was greeted by a thick blanket of fresh snow, the first I've seen in two weeks. It didn't snow the entire time I was in Iqaluit.
Today, I spent the day at the hospital caring for the inpatients on the pediatrics ward, in the neonatal intensive care unit and seeing a few consults from labour and delivery and doctors in more remote communities (although none as remote as Arctic Bay or Pond Inlet!).
I'll be spending the next month working with Dr. Madden. He's an Irish pediatrician who's been working in North Bay for a number of years. In fact, for a while, he was the only pediatrician in the community. To give you a sense of how busy he must have been, there are now five pediatricians working here full time!
The North Bay General Hospital is moving to a brand new building next Sunday, and I'm going to be on call that day. Tomorrow I'm getting a tour of the new site. I was in Sudbury last year when they moved, so I guess I'm experienced at this now! It's always a bit of an adventure with some bumps along the way. Also there is a big prize basket for the first baby born at the new hospital, but nothing for the last baby born at the old hospital which seems a bit unfair to me!