Having taken time out after over three decades of being a family Doctor, I re-entered the workforce with renewed enthusiasm and without the responsibilities of running a large Medical Practice. I must admit to really enjoying what I'm doing as I travel around this massive, ancient country of Australia. But it's not just the beauty and diversity of the land and seascapes that leave an impact on me, it's the people themselves who provide the emotional "bread and butter" of what being a family Doc is all about.
Needless to say there have been some bad times: seeing the devastating effects of illegal drugs, especially Ice, on young and not-so-young people, and how it not only destroys individuals, but families and whole communities too. Or seeing how little kids are distorted emotionally by growing up in a atmosphere of violence, alcohol and drugs: or watching helplessly as couples who've been together for decades are slowly torn apart when one of them suffers the dementing process which is Alzheimers Disease.
But there are good times, and some funny ones too.
My ego was seriously boosted on two separate occasions by comments made by women. One said "You look really cute" and the other exclaimed "God, you're good looking." It doesn't matter that both were well into their 80's: or that the first had advanced Macular Degeneration and the other was a chronic alcoholic who was halfway through her first bottle of Sherry at 10am when I called for a Home Visit!
Often we are tempted to offer a quick fix at each consultation, or give patients a prescription to take away with them, but invariably that's impossible - especially for mental disorders or plain old loneliness. But I've always tried to give each patient some glimmer of hope, a word of encouragement or just let them know that for one moment, on one day in their lives, someone believed in them.
At last! The final edit is back in the hands of my guide and mentor Kerrie Schurr in Seattle, for the final check of my manuscript - "Searching for Rosso".
This is the second book in the Rosso Trilogy and dare I say, even more exciting than the first book! Already Lauren Byrne of Inkitt has been in touch asking whether I would like to share the book with their readers. Never having had any dealings with them before I would be grateful for any feedback on them. I've done some due diligence on the internet and they seem to be the genuine article - so let me know if you have any comments.
From what I've read it seems that they're looking for the "next big thing" - well, great news people- they've found it!
I'll keep you posted!