|Fuji-San from the Shinkansen|
I came back to work a day late (and a dollar short, ha ha). I actually operated the day after I came back, but I felt nice and rested so my patients and I felt fine to proceed. Everything went great. The next day, I had a clinic day followed by the weekend!
SMS and I stuck close to home on Saturday. We moved into high gear Saturday afternoon and made a delicious dinner, which we shared with our friends Carl and Liz who live nearby. SMS made delicious, perfect nachos and I made chicken tinga for tacos with corn tortillas, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. It was delicious and so nice to hang out with friends.
|Potato chips on top of salad- yes, please!|
On Sunday, SMS had a photo shoot and I left to head down to Sasebo for a quarterly TDY clinic run. I saw 20 patients on Monday, including two procedures! Sagoy! That’s a heavy load for me over here in Japan, although it’s pretty similar to residency. Honestly, it’s sort of nice to be that busy because one, I feel very efficient and two, it’s what I actually love to do rather than fill my days with boring collateral duties. Monday night, a small group went to Tonchinkan, which I think has the best yakitori in Japan!
On Tuesday, I saw two more patients before leaving for Iwakuni. I took the circuitous route and stopped in Nagasaki for a half day. More on Nagasaki in a separate post.
|Okonomiyaki to-go after being upended in my bag. It may not look like much but it’s tasty!|
Iwakuni brought more patients in the form of a full day of clinic on Wednesday OR and a half-day on Thursday. Doug and I went to Yuzu for dinner on Wednesday night and it was delicious! I headed home on Thursday, stopped in Hiroshima for a late lunch of okonomiyaki and came home around 8. SMS picked me up at the train station because it was raining quite a bit.
|A Shinkansen snack- ill-advised and unfinished|
The TDY trip was a “get it done” trip this time, but I still managed to sightsee a little bit and have some delicious dinners. I only booked 5 surgeries out of 43 clinic visits (boo on that low ratio) so in that respect, it wasn’t that productive. I also brought my sneakers with me and ran 2 out of the 4 days so that was a win. Oftentimes, my sneakers languish in the land of good intentions!