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A Locum’s ScrapBook: The 24 Hour Cycle

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Editor’s Note:

I’m doing some perfusion traveling as I am taking my show on the road.  As such, every once in awhile I will be dropping a few notes and pictures of places visited, and observations made.  In a sense, the beginning of a scrap book on Open Heart Surgery in America (and other places if possible).

34 hospitals and counting (places I have put someone on CPB).

Enjoy 🙂



To view the entire series- click here: A Locum’s ScrapBook.

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A Locum’s ScrapBook: The 24 Hour Cycle



So when NOT in the operating room, whatever does one do?  The obvious comes to mind, make your surroundings- liveable for you (not to mention staying connected to the internet- because of countless forms and credentialling issues, banking, etc…), find places to eat, check out the local scenery, don’t get bored and spend too much $$$


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Make friends with “The Hotel People”



Meet Zena & Kelly- 2 Very cool people doing an extraordinary job 🙂

In this case, find a hotel that fits your needs.  Candlewood Suites in Hot Springs Arkansas is a great place to stay.  The clerks at the front desk are your best friends.  If you are getting important mail, they get it to you.


If the room doesn’t work, they will get you a better one!  Or…  if you haven’t talked to another living breathing soul- they are there to chat with.  Money isn’t the only reason to choose a hotel- location is indeed EVERYTHING (2 minutes door to door to get to the OR to put someone on bypass for an emergency).


Familiar turf…

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Stay close to the people you love!



Hey… Ya gotta do what you gotta do…

Note… the multi-colored hearts

This beats an On-Line B-day card 🙂


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Use Photoshop to turn the mundane picture- into a WORK OF ART 🙂



Make adjustments…  This was a last second dash via phone and google!  (It seemed that no bakery in our new town was available for cakes.

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And of course you will need some Chill Pics 🙂


The shameless underwater  GoPro SELFIE!



The Family Visit 🙂


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The hotel is “Pet Friendly”  My boy Elroy!


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Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch



Some beautiful scenery in Hot Springs! (4 of 5 of our Kidz…)



What it’s ALL about!

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DON’T!  Hibernate!!!!



Check out the scenery and local attractions- you are here for a reason- to help others live, in the process you need to get a slice of that pie as well 🙂

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Here is that Slice of Life!







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Enjoy the day!  I’m sure there is an operation just around the corner 🙂

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