Wednesday, July 2, 2014
SMS and I went to Misawa Air Force Base last week so that I could see an ENT clinic and perform some surgeries. Professionally, it was a nice trip. It's a remote little place but people are very collegial. I saw a lot of consults and performed 8 small procedures- 6 tubes, 1 tube removal and 1 turbinate reduction. So, it wasn't a week that will be featured on the hit show, "The Glamorous Lives of ENT Surgeons," but it was nice to help out and address a big backlog.
Misawa is always described as so far from Yokosuka, but it was only 5 hours away by train and Shinkansen. SMS and I were burdened down with two suitcases, one exclusively dedicated to medical equipment and home sleep study machines. Unfortunately, the seats on the Shin were sold out but we were lucky enough (ha, ha) to get standing seats. The standing seats are assigned between specific cars and while it wasn't terrible, it was definitely not great. Standing that long on a train isn't much fun and I couldn't even act like a kid and sit on the floor because it was covered in freshly spilled beer. (Hey! Not ours! It was there when we got on!).
We got to the Misawa Inn, which smelled really badly. I voted for moldy while SMS voted for old throw-up on the carpet. Either way, it was definitely the low of the week. Things picked up on the weekend when we stayed in the orthopedic surgeon's house after he left town for his own TDY.
The rest of the visit can pretty much be summarized in two posts: Misawa Eats and Aomori Weekend since the highlights of the trip focus on what we ate and what we did over the weekend we were there. Coming soon!