Phew, and onto the next phase

Apologies for the lack of blogging, those last few months were a bit intense.

I can now confidently explain the four different types of t-tests, but hey, lets not go there. We’ve got the certificate, just waiting for the results.

Few weeks holiday so what have we been up to?

  • Watched 20,000 fireworks on the 4th July. 100,000s of people and you could count the litter on one hand – what a contrast.
  • A hike in Vermont- managed to get a tick bite and as a specialist in Lyme disease convinced myself the rash warranted antibiotics.
  • Been whale watching
  • Tried to survive the humidity
  • Moved house (twice).
  • Got rinsed at an all American traditional fair (hey that’s what fairs are for)
  • Went to a Red Sox game. 18 minutes of action in 3 hours. I left at 10pm when it was  2-7 down. They then made the comeback of 40 years to 8-7! Still trying to figure out the attraction.
  • Muscled in with the locals. You have to to get $5 lobsters.
  • Been to Newfrontiers Celebration Northeast with Fenway church and Abundant Grace
  • Had Libby’s parents deliver car and a gazillion suitcases.


Coming up:

  1. Patient Safety Officer Program
  2. Visit to the  Commonwealth Fund in New York
  3. Improvement Advisor Program – the 10 month daddy: Collaboration with renal Drs Chris Wong and Asheesh Sharma at University Hospital Aintree

Recommended reading:  Quality improvement Made Simple – An Introductory Guide from The Health Foundation


Libby says  –  “I’ve finally arrived in my dream home…. Looking out to the sea! suddenly the last few months of packing & moving a couple times seem worth it!”

Not easy getting furnished accommodation round here. Rock Island road was the same price or less than furnished flats in central Boston which should make the commute worth it (he says in anticipation). Still, the cost of living is pretty much double here than back home excluding travel and ‘gas’.

Charlotte says “I swallowed a coin!”

Not witnessed unfortunately resulting in a taste of American healthcare a bit quicker than anticipated. Yep, it’s was stuck in the oesophagus but nothing that a big juice couldn’t sort out. The quarter was never to be seen again. Not quite sure how the $417 was calculated for a couple of breaths and two xrays. The same sticker would have been less than $200 back home.

Joshua says “Wee-whay-wee!”

… the standard whale sighting call of New England. The humpbacks were down this year likely do to the low numbers of sand eels but we saw ’em plus a minke.


Thought for the month:

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


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