Time has flown. Sorry I’ve been absent friends. I got sick. So after my last post the guy I went hiking with that Saturday turned into somewhat of a stalker. He now shows up when I’m working out, and text constantly. My supervisors are concerned enough that they asked me to give them his contact info in case I don’t show up one day. Sooooooo since I was going to go to the shooting range with him, that never happened. I did go to Aleyeska ski resort though for the blueberry festival with Jenn and two of her friends. It was so awesome to see the glaciers and pick blueberries up in the mountains. It had been rainy all week, but it was gorgeous that day. Of course the drive out that way is amazing too. I always get a little shocked that I actually live HERE IN ALASKA!!!!!!!
The Monday after that though I got incredibly sick. I made myself keep going. I refuse to give up any of my sick days when they can be used later to see Jason. So I basically sat around last weekend recovering. I did stop by Jenn’s new place though, and she has a nice set up.
Work has been crazy busy but so much fun. I started with my palliative care rotation yesterday, so I get to participate in the interdisciplinary team meetings. It was awesome because one of the physicians has been in contact with Jason about him coming up here for fellowship. The guy new me from that, and seemed extremely excited Jason will be here soon and will be stopping by to visit. I also went on some home visits with Dr. Kam who is super sweet. The patients were in there 90s, but I felt like I was making a difference. Other than that there have been some kind of crazy warm hand offs from physicians wanting a therapist to talk to their patients when they show up for their visit with them. I am totally booked on my two clinic days where I provide individual hour sessions. Then I am starting a MOVE weight loss group. The Nome rotation sounds like it will be happening soon too. I am very excited and nervous for that.
In other exciting news this time next week I’ll be getting ready to pick up my amazing boyfriend from the airport. We are planning to do a glacier tour, hike flat top or baldy, take a helicopter ride to denali and so much more! I seriously can’t wait to see him. He sent me a care package this week and it made me happy, but also reminded me how perfect he is for me. I wouldn’t be making it through this drastic life change without him constantly checking on me and making me feel so special.
Going up the ski lift
pavel and i on the ski lift
pavel and i on the ski lift
jenn and pavel on the ski lift
you can see one of the glaciers in the distance. At the restaurant on top you can see 7 of them
ski lift at alyeska
pavel after picking blueberries
the blueberries pavel and i picked
the gift jason sent
My weekend has been absolutely fabulous! I wasn’t so sure it would be. In fact I thought it was going to be down right boring! On Friday I decided it was time to visit the coastal trail that everyone talks about and to hunt down some wildlife given the fact I am the only one in my consortium who hasn’t seen some form of it. I was definitely not disappointed! The views are stunning, and the path goes through the forest. You feel like you are in a rain forest. There are huckle berries to pick too. Sure enough I not only ran into a moose, but a moose and her baby. I was able to get some pics because she seemed cautious but not dangerous or scared. As long as I stayed on my bike she was fine, and once she saw I had no intention of hurting her little one she went back to eating and ignored me as I rode by. The wind was crazy though because a storm was coming in and it even blew me off my bike. The rest of the night I spent relaxing and talking some to Jason.
Saturday I got the chance to go hiking with a friend here. He took me to Eagle River and we hiked to the top of a mountain there. It was sooooooo steep. More of a workout then my running. We got to the top and it was amazing! So quiet and peaceful. On one side you have the city, then you look to the right and these amazing mountains covered in green grass and flowers, then behind me there was a view of mountains with snow! Just spectacular. The way back down wasn’t much easier and I fell on my butt a few times, but really there are no words. Unfortunately I forgot to take Pavel along with me. I guess he was too busy training lately. He better be ready for the shooting range and blueberry picking this week!
I seriously can’t wait 25 days until I get to show Jason around. I hope he falls in love with it the way I have. Okay, time to get stuff together for work tomorrow. I’m booked with patients and it doesn’t look like they are gonna go easy on me.
view of anchorage from the coastal trail
view from the coastal trail
my first moose!
view of anchorage from the mountain
top of the mountain
me at the top
top of the mountain
So it has been a little bit since I last posted. Work has literally been crazy. There isn’t a moment when I am at the clinic when I tend to have free time. My first week of having patients was this week, and I am pretty much booked. However, I did have some time to talk with my supervisor about what my elective will be and I’ve set myself up to do palliative care. I’ll get the chance to participate in the interdisciplinary team meetings as well as do home visits with one of the physicians. This is kind of Jason’s area of interest and since I have been helping him write a proposal for a research project in palliative care, it’s kind of been something I have gotten into. Also, I’ll be running diabetes group visits as well as starting a MOVE group for weight loss. I am loving every second of my time here so far!
This past weekend I got to go to Seattle to see Jason! It had almost been a full two months since I last saw him. I got in late Friday, and it was just amazing to be able to hold his hand and actually see his face. He really made the weekend perfect. On Saturday we woke up late and went to the gym, then we went grocery shopping and made some food. We went to all these national parks and the view was amazing. We made dinner when we got back and relaxed. I love how we can just enjoy every moment together. Sunday it was hard to say goodbye, but he will be in Alaska in 29 days now! Yay! It looks like he will be here for about 10 days, and I only have to work three of them due to labor day and a day off. I can’t wait to see him and we have some amazing plans like going to see the northern lights, going on a dinner cruise to see the whales, helicopter trip to denali, and going to walk on a glacier.
This weekend is going to be a little boring. The few people I know are out of town, and it is supposed to be rainy. I want to try and bike the coastal trail though. It’s supposed to be a fabulous view. I was invited to go to Homer, but I am going to have to work on my notes some, so it really isn’t feasible. Oh well. Anyway, each day I am here I love it even more. We shall see how the winter goes!