Ice and Medicine at the end of the earth

6. What is your normal day like?

I have now been here 11 days and I am slowly getting used to the McMurdo schedule.  The medical clinic follows “town schedule.”  We work Monday through Saturday 7:30 to 5:30 with one hour off at noon for lunch.  People working outside get 15 minutes throughout the day to warm up and eat.  Sunday is a free day for most.  I will be on call approximately one Sunday per month and will be in charge of the clinic that day. 

I wake up at 6:30 AM and then walk to the dining hall where I get breakfast at approximately 7AM.  Our walk in patients start arriving in clinic at 7:30.  Scheduled appointments start at 9AM.  I have lunch between 12PM and 1PM.  I then return to clinic for the rest of the afternoon. 

I go to dinner after work and then check the white board for nightly activities.  So far I have taken a yoga class, a country/folk dance class and have attended some science lectures.  We do have bars and a coffee shop for socializing as well.  The recreation department helps plan different gatherings.  On Sunday, I slept in and then had an amazing brunch.  I like to go on a hike when the weather cooperates and participate in the other rec activities.

They have not started happening yet, but eventually I will have the opportunity to go on field trips and “boondoggles.”  I think a boondoggle is just a bigger trip that needs permission and an invitation.  I will keep you updated as I learn more.

2 responses

  1. Dave Roberts

    Hi Jessie,
    I got to have lunch with Grandma, Abbey and
    Carly. Grandma reminded me you were already in
    Antartica. Good thing she’s still sharp, because I already forgot. I hope things are
    going well. Your blog looks quite interesting
    and I’m looking forward to reading more.
    Abbey and Carly were happy to hear you had a
    blogsite, so I’ll pass it on to them
    Take Care
    Love, Dave

    October 12, 2010 at 8:09 AM

    • Great to hear from you! I have figured out how to Google Video Chat. The connection is bad, but I am hoping to wave to Grandma during her Birthday party! We will have to set up a time. I think Jim has a video laptop. The only problem will be a lack of internet connection at the assisted living. Hope all is well in MN!!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:28 AM

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