Our final leg of the journey found us visiting the Amazon. The Amazon actually accounts for about 50% of Peru’s land area, but only about 5-10% of its population because it is so inaccessible. We went to a place called Puerto Maldonado (by plane) and spend three nights in a VERY different climate and environment compared with the alpine Andes. Monkeys, oversized insects, and crazy sounding birds met us for 24hrs of the day.
From Lima we went to Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, and then on to trek in the colca canyon, which is the deepest canyon in the world. This severely tested my lack of fitness, so after 2 days trekking, the 3rd day involved me hiring a mule to get back out of the canyon. The photos are unfortunately not in chronological order.
Well my last round for a few weeks has come and gone, and for whatever reason, this was a surprisingly tolerable round. I was still miserable, but if you were to grade miserableness, which I have increasingly got better at, it was at the lighter end of the scale. However, the tradeoff was a slightly slower recovery that I might normally have had. Also, to add insult to injury, I have had a really hard time sleeping over the past few nights, even with pharmaceutical supplements.
Following round 35 came my last two days of work in the cardiothoracic unit, and a talk that I did at the medschool. This talk was on wednesday evening, and about 120 people showed up for it which was pretty surprising!! I was expecting maybe 60-70. The room was packed, and I followed a seminar type format with some Q and A at the end. It seemed to be received well, but then it’s always hard to know. No one wants to be the one to tell a dying man he sucks. 🙂
From here, comes a sabbatical of sorts. Four weeks, slow paced, adventure filled, exploring Peru. We depart on Saturday afternoon, and won’t be back till the beginning of September, where I start in Older Peoples Health.
… So, this basically means that this blog will quieten down for a bit. It may be that whilst I’m sunning myself in the shadow of the Andes I get all reflective and decide to write something as llamas stroll past and guinea pigs are being roasted… But to be honest, I doubt it.
So for a little while, see you soon…
Yep, its uncharted territory. No one has gone this far at Auckland hospital on this regime. This didn’t necessarily become official with this round, but I’m competitive, I like to know that I’m winning :-).
That is if you can call 34 rounds of nausea, dry retching, hairloss, acid reflux, fatigue that cannot be described with words, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, and random aches and pains an achievement. If it is actually an achievement, its really just an achievement in misery. I think I’d rather achieve something like climbing Mount Everest, that seems far more glamourous that this.
This round was more or less the same as previous, with the exception that I had to take Wednesday off work this week. On Wednesday I was unnaturally tired, which is actually unusual for me. I was back to work Thursday though, and felt a lot better. I’m not entirely sure why I needed the extra day, when for 33 rounds I haven’t, but I’m hoping its not a longer term trend.
Only one more round, then Peru….
Until next time…