First week of placement

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A blurry CN tower at night
We've been back in Toronto for over a week now, having spent our first weekend here registering for placement on the Friday and then staying at Maher's house in Missisauga, watching tv, being looked after and well-fed by Maher's sister and going shopping in the outlet malls! After a nice relaxing weekend, we started placement on the Monday morning. 

I really enjoyed my first week of placement (after a nice 3 week scive :D), but am pretty shattered already as days are 7.30am - 5.30pm each day. I'm part of the Adolescent Medicine team in the Hospital for Sick Children (which they call 'Sick Kids' for short - a bit blunt from my British point of view!) in Toronto, which consists of an inpatient Eating Disorders unit and outpatient clinics for teens with medical problems / chronic illnesses, eating disorders, substance abuse problems and a 'tots and teens' clinic for teen mums and their babies.
The living room at the party
I've also had the opportunity to sit in on an outreach medical clinic for street youth.


Last week I was with the Eating Disorders team all week, and I have a couple of patients of my own to check up on - hence the early mornings before rounds! We have rounds each morning with the psychiatrists, dieticians and nursing staff - it's been a bit scary as I had no idea about any of the medical complications of these diseases before this week - and there are a lot. Have learnt loads tho and am looking forward to the rest of the placement. Alex is enjoying ER too - lots of excitement and responsibility - his favourite :P


This weekend we went to a medic's birthday house party, which we were invited to by my placement partner, Peter, a U of T student - clichey I know - which was exactly like the ones at home, only the students were a bit older - but alas no wiser :D.
Alex trying to take a picture of me with my eyes open - failed.
The party was packed and we met some really cool people - funny what friendships can be formed over a few shots...

On Saturday it rained pretty heavily so we abandoned our sunbathing plans and instead walked through Chinatown and Kensington Market and headed down to the cinema to watch Transformers! It was quite sad how excited we were that we could take a pizza into the cinema - simple things. On Sunday we went on the train (shudder - our last time tho) to Niagara Falls and it was a really nice day and quite fun, but they weren't half as big as I'd expected them to be!

The corporate machine that is Maid of the Mist was astounding - it was like a military operation. They had about a million staff, each with some ridiculously simple job to do (i.
The balcony at the party
e. saying 'step up to the green line' to every person who passed them), all herding you like a bizzare herd of blue plastic-coated cattle (the complementary blue poncho) into the boat, before you're whizzed round into the falls, which you can't even see because of all the spray in your eyes and then chivyed off again in the space of about 10min, and paying seven quid each for the pleasure! Amazing.

Clifton Hill (the self-proclaimed 'street of fun') was also pretty incredible - it was like Blackpool on speed -  haunted houses, ice cream vendors and souvenir shops all the way down. I must be getting old cos all it did was give me a headache.

We then (foolishly) decided we wanted to cross the US border in order to get a stamp in our passport. In the end we spent more time waiting for the go-ahead to enter than we did in the country itself.
Alex taking a picture of himself while in the loo...
After being photographed, fingerprinted and questioned, we proceeded to go to the loo, walk to the edge of the falls and then turned back, having spent less than 10 min on US soil, where it took less than a few seconds to get back into Canada. But we did get a stamp :D

This week Alex is on evening shifts, so I'm busying myself with SSC research and have a variety of gallery and museum trips planned for the evenings ahead - one I'm sure you'll be jealous of is the Shoe Museum - strangely Alex doesn't really feel he's missing out...

Hope all is well at home and abroad - (see previous entry for pics of this weekend) - lots of love xxx


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A blurry CN tower at night
A blurry CN tower at night
The living room at the party
The living room at the party
Alex trying to take a picture of m…
Alex trying to take a picture of …
The balcony at the party
The balcony at the party
Alex taking a picture of himself w…
Alex taking a picture of himself …
Me and Peter at the party
Me and Peter at the party
Alex and Peter
Alex and Peter
The American (Bridal Veil) Falls a…
The American (Bridal Veil) Falls …
Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls
Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls
Alex in his fetching blue Maid of …
Alex in his fetching blue Maid of…
American Falls from the boat
American Falls from the boat
Alexs wet pants after the Maid of…
Alex's wet pants after the Maid o…
American Falls from the US side
American Falls from the US side
Alex in the US
Alex in the US
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