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Well the end of the contract at Yuendumu has come, Jo finished up last week and has gone to Palumpa in the Top End. Apparently it hasn't stopped raining there since she arrived, such a difference from the central desert. The weekend she flew out we drove into Alice Springs where the thermometer on the cars dash reached 46 degrees most of the time.
I drove back to Yuendumu to finish off my contract for 1 more week and it was a bit of a killer. I drove back Sunday night then wasn't on-call until Tuesday night luckily as I have been feeling quite tired the last week or so. Tuesday saw myself and the second on-call nurse out until 2:30 AM on Wednesday morning with an RFDS evacuation. I had really only just got back to sleep when the phone went again at 4:30 AM with a lady with abdominal pain. That call-out took us through until 6:30 AM so that day was shot as we are supposed to get a 10 hour break after being called out.
I enjoyed having the day off but still didn't really catch up on the sleep I had missed out on. Wednesday was just a normal busy day then I was back on-call Thursday night and as it was my last night on-call night had resolved myself to having another big night and I wasn't wrong!
We worked from knock off time until around 8:00 PM then was just about to get ready for bed when we were called out to a client we flew out for further investigations but the plane didn't arrive until around 11:30 PM. I had just got into a deep sleep when the phone went again around 2:30 AM with a call from the local Police to attend to a house which didn't develop into anything but still took an hour to resolve.
That meant I wasn't to start until 1:30 PM but as I was supposed to drive into Alice at lunch time it meant I didn't have to actually work in the clinic again. I still didn't sleep in Friday and was up only slightly later to finish off the cleaning of the house and do a last load of washing. Must say I am really looking forward to having a few months where there is no on call and no weekend work.