Archive for June, 2002

One of my patients in clinic yesterday was 77 years old, from the village of Scammon Bay.  Dressed in traditional attire and speaking not a word of English, she began weeping when I asked, through a translator, how she was doing. She had lost her husband 4 months previously, and was still missing him greatly.  […]


Dave.

13Jun02

At 6:30 this evening, I headed from my house down Main St. toward the river, where I met the husband of my boss.  Dave McCormick owns a marine store that sells boats, motors, 4-wheelers and snowmobiles, dirt bikes and accessories.  My job was to assist him in dropping a boat motor onto his wooden craft.  […]


Hail the size of BBs fell from the sky on the walk home this afternoon, and strangely I found it a preferable alternative to the thousands of mosquitoes I’d be facing otherwise.  Walked to work today on an old boardwalk connecting 1st Avenue Access Rd. to the site of the old hospital – a ground […]


Cinco de Mayo

09Jun02

I guess that the alarm bells should have rung when the Yup’ik woman who had dragged me onto the dance floor began baying like a yak.  I’d been dancing on the floor to a mobile DJ at the Cinco de Mayo party for a short while when the front of my shirt was grabbed by […]


The mosquitoes have made themselves known to me over the past two days.  Though my first several days here were insect-free, I was swarmed on my way to work yesterday, ultimately fumbling for my bug spray (“bug dope” to the locals) all the while wishing that I could pull my jacket over my head and […]


YKHC

05Jun02

The hospital for which I work – The Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation – is the biggest game and only healthcare provider for an area the size of Oregon.  It has 27 Beds, satellite clinics exist in smaller villages, and smaller clinics yet exist in smaller villages, yet.  Still, the hospital is the epicenter for all […]


Permafrost is a swampland, only further north and with a fancier name.  Frozen solid in the winter months, it turns to mush in the summer, necessitating the construction of often crumbling boardwalks in many portions of the town.  The lack of paved road – impossible to maintain in the winter, I assume, gives a dirty […]


Water came today – perhaps the best thing to happen in the past two days.  Tundra and sub-zero temperatures, not being friendly to underground pipes, mean that many houses are filled by the city water company every Monday.  When I arrived in Bethel on Saturday, the house was dry as the pump ran endlessly. Before […]


Anchorage, AK

01Jun02

Anchorage International AirportGate B8 In one hour, as I board my flight to Bethel, my stay in Anchorage will be at an end.  I have no complaints of the past two days. The sun was still shining at 10:30 PM when I arrived in Anchorage on the 30th, and though I’m sure it set sometime […]