So, a hectic few weeks have passed! The few days hanging out with Mark were fun – wallet-sapping, liver munching fun, but thats Galway for you! Working after a long break was interesting – its always more tiring than I remember, and starting work in an unfamiliar place always ups the tension a bit, but I needn’t have worried! Settled back in fairly quickly, and Sligo ED staff were welcoming and friendly! Very different kettle of fish going from brand spanking new tertiary referral ED in Perth to rural "casualty" department in the West of Ireland. Lots of minor stuff, with occasional tornados of panic as every patient cut from a car wreck lands in your ED at the same time, mangled and intoxicated and wailing and spitting, with no consultant even on-call! Far cry from full trauma teams of three-plus docs in SCGH – In fact it was more like two traumas per doc! They manage pretty well considering! Anyway, staying in Tadhg’s new house in beautiful Strandhill has been great, but now I am off to Sri Lanka tomorrow for a couple of weeks of play!