I am sort of looking forward to being in Adelaide for various reasons but on the other hand, I'm not. It is great to network with other sleep labs, but...
Well, I've come to realise one aspect of why I am here in NZ.
Things at work are not great. I won't go into much detail as to why because I don't want to badmouth anyone or create a seriously narked vibe. Coming into this mess from the outside has me observing the interactions going on, rather than getting involved.
It is quite difficult at times to remain objective as I get to hear and see the difficulties and heavy energy pervading the area. I'm holding a safe space and light to shine in the darkness.
*Sigh* it is not ideal but then I suppose we have to go where things are not always at their best and turn it around.
On the bright side, I've made friends with the new director who is also from the UK. He and I had our induction day together and just happened to sit next to each other. No coincidences there! We got on famously - not in that we are best buddies or socialise - but we do email each other from time to time and he has taken an interest in the sleep lab which is great.
The sleep lab is currently in the dungeon of the hospital in a cramped space which only has one entrance in and out, and they've been there for decades. They've outgrown the space...decades ago.
Sleep is such an unknown and young science that no-one takes it seriously.
Slowly that is changing and I am very happy to see this. Now to bring the same light to shine upon the staff :-)