Twenty-Three More Months to Go

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Saturday, April 18, 2009 with 4 comments
Yesterday marked my first month living and working in the Middle East. It may seem like short a time, but the experiences I had were beyond measure: sociaizing with people of different races, learning a new language that is the heart of our religion, attending various lectures on hospital/departmental safety and infection control, training for BCLS/CPR, preparing for the hospital’s JCI accreditation, handling irate patients and being accused of not knowing anything (Arabic: mafi mallum) or having your integrity questioned over documentation to mention some.

I have soon acclimatized myself to the people and the environment and do not feel homesickness that much; I have lived on my own in Metro Manila for almost three years. Initially my plan was to work here for only a year then I would pack my bags and leave for home, not finishing the two-year contract to which I affixed the calligraphic doodle I call my signature. Well, that of course would mean me paying for my airfare and any other finances due to the hospital, but I have already planned for that and would not mind shelling some dinero from my own pocket. If it is the other way around, that is me finishing the contract, then today, April the 18th, jumpstarts the countdown to the 23 months remaining of my stay here. Let’s just pray I come home in one piece. LOL.