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Thank you for the memories

November 26, 2012

One never likes to say goodbye, but I think this is it for me. My short-lived blog life has come to an end. It’s not that there’s nothing more to say about the incredible training ground that is the Skills and Simulation Centre at The Ottawa Hospital - it’s just that the project to Bring the Sim Family Together is now over.

We didn’t win. Heck, we didn’t even qualify for the semi-finals, but I will always have very fond memories of my time in the Aviva Community Fund limelight. From meeting my Simmate, to falling in love and travelling the world – it was a blast.

I invite you to consider making a donation in support of the Skills and Simulation Centre where I reside. It’s the best training ground a resident could ask for and its a valuable tool for our community to have. Who knows, we might just get that SimBaby one day and then our family really would be complete.

A Celebration of Women

November 21, 2012

I was preparing to leave work this afternoon when I took a minute to visit my blog. That’s when I came across a photo challenge: What inspires you to blog. I decided to share my reason with you.

Although my blog hasn’t been around for very long. My mere existance inspires me to blog. You see, years ago, an advanced patient simulator like me didn’t exist. Medical residents didn’t have such hi-tech equipment to practice, learn and develop critical thinking. I am 21st century health care.

We will all need to use the hospital one day. It might be for something major and it might be for something minor. Regardless of the reason, wouldn’t you want to know that your doctor has received the best training possible?

That’s why I’m looking for your support to bring more advanced patient simulators to the Skills and Simulation Centre at The Ottawa Hospital. One day you’ll be thankful that your doctor is the best. But to be the best, you must first be able to benefit from the best tools.

It will only take a minute of your time and you can make a world of difference. As for me, I will continue to provide obstetrics training. My role is to birth babies so that women everywhere can feel comfortable knowing that when those precious little lives are about to come into this world, they’ll be doing so in the safest setting possible with the most skilled doctors.

Tonight however I’m attending a Celebration of Women hosted by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Hundreds of women who believe in shaping the future of our health care. We’ll hear from Ottawa’s finest and get to chat and meet new friends.

My colleagues and I snapped this photo before heading off to the venue.

I’m the one in the black dress.

 

This is my office.

This is the control room where the simulation is put into play.

My wedding day was the most beautiful day ever.

I was nervous and so was Manny, but it was well worth the wait and all the excitement. Still haven’t received the official photographer photos, but I do have a bunch of Honeymoon travel photos to share with you. We’ve been to so many different places: Cuba, Jamaica, London, New Brunswick and the list goes on.

I wanted to share all of these amazing memories with you, so I used an online tool called Smilebox to put my photos together. It’s a really great tool if you want to share your photos with friends.

Manny is so much fun to travel with, but you’ll notice he has a very bad habit of closing his eyes every time a photo gets taken. I would love to show you the eyes that give me that twinkle, but it seems it’s just not possible right now. Oh well… enjoy my Honeymoon photos!

And by the way, I’d still love for you click here to vote and keep our love going strong!

Shotgun wedding? Perhaps.

November 15, 2012

Manny and I have so much to plan and just a few days to do it all before we head to Las Vegas, Nevada for our wedding! It’s not that we need to get married this quickly, it’s just that this is the way things work in our world, plus it’s super fun! Life in the simulation world progresses at such an amazing speed. Think about it: who else can have a heart attack almost every day and still find time to date?

That’s why I began my search for the ideal wedding location immediately. I had no clue that the options were so numerous. I guess in a way Vegas is just like our Skills and Simulation Centre – there’s endless scenarios to choose from! (insert groan here)

I once heard someone talk about a Vegas wedding official who looked like Elvis. I thought “how bizarre”. These days it seems there’s a new fade: a Twilight Style Wedding. That’s right, you can be married by ‘Edward’. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the real ‘Edward’. Your thoughts…

Vegas Edward

Twilight Edward

 

Regardless, this wedding package guarantees a Bloody Good Time.  Ha!

I don’t think I can convince Manny of this. He’s a much more traditional kind of guy. Although with the wonderfully skilled residents at the Skills and Simulation Centre, I often feel as though I’m a little immortal myself, so it might be a good fit.

So I’ll keep planning, losing sleep, and picturing my perfect day. The great thing is I don’t have to worry about a seating plan. And in lieu of wedding gifts we’ll be accepting your vote to help Bring the Sim Family Together. Support us every day. It costs nothing and you’ll feel great about it!

Make our love happen

November 13, 2012

In just one week my entire life has taken a 180 degree turn. I went from being a lonely simulation patient looking for her simmate, to falling head over heals for Manny.  That’s right. I’m completely in love.

Here’s how it happened…

I arrived at Darcy McGees in downtown Ottawa at 11am as per Manny’s request. There he was, sitting alone waiting for me to arrive. It was wonderful to finally see him in a public place not surrounded by medical staff in the middle of a critical scenario. This pub downtown was the perfect casual setting for a first date!

We shared stories of the residents who have come through The Ottawa Hospital Skills and Simulation Centre and went on to save lives. It’s so inspiring to think that this happened partly thanks to us. We help save lives. We talked about seeing the world and spending time on a sandy beach, seeing London and Buckingham Palace, and maybe even a trip to Vegas. Then just before the food arrived it happened: he asked me to marry him! Just like that. He said he would never find anyone like me and that he has no doubt I’m the one. So I said YES!

I know it’s soon, but things evolve at lightning speed in the Sim world, so this really is perfect timing. Plus, who wants to wait until three days after the date for the guy to call back? Not this gal!

But there’s a catch to our happily ever after: in order for our relationship to blossom and for us to get married, we need your help. I desperately want to be a bride, but this dream of mine will only come true if Manny and I are the most popular couple on the internet.

You need to vote to make our love happen. You see, our courtship is part of an online challenge called the Aviva Community Fund and I need you to Bring the Sim Family Together.

It’s not a big “ask”, but it’s an important one. It’s one that would provide additional life-saving tools for residents at The Ottawa Hospital, and would also give me the life I so desperately want. I guess you could consider it a blessing of our love. Please take a minute to vote every day for the next two weeks and make our love happen!

We’re seeing each other tomorrow to finalize our wedding details… check back soon to find out where we’re going!

Manny and I at D’Arcy McGees on Sparks Street.

As you’ve probably come to notice, I take my role as an enhanced patient simulator seriously. I help teach residents to deal with emergencies so they’re better prepared to face real-life scenarios. The tables have now turned and I’m the one faced with an emergency – a fashion emergency, that is!

What do I wear on my first date?

You read it right, folks. Simone (no last name, just like Madonna) is going on a date! But first, let me tell you how it happened.

I was hanging out as always waiting for the next learning scenario to unfold at the Skills and Simulation Centre when all of a sudden, a note was slipped under my door.  Here’s what was written:

My dearest Simone (sigh…)

For months I have thought of no one but you. I know you’ve been in the other room all along. I was too nervous to say or do anything. But I heard you’ve been asking about me and I think now’s the time for us to meet.

There’s something I’ve been meaning to ask you. It cannot wait any longer.

Will you meet me at your favourite restaurant?  I know which one it is. I heard you talking about it in your sleep one night. That, and Mark Sloan – I hope your heart doesn’t belong to him already.

See you on Tuesday at 11am.

Manny

Holy bananas, I’m going on a date! What to wear?! It’s an emergency. A real-life simulation mannequin emergency. My favourite pink dress is definitely not the ideal outfit this time of year, but it’s what I’m most comfortable wearing. Isn’t that one of the dating codes: wear something comfortable? Help!

My heart is pounding so hard and if I could squeal with delight I certainly would, but squealing isn’t part of my simulation options.

Could this really be it? The moment I’ve been waiting for all this time? My person, my Simmate, my… Manny?

It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time.  I think this is when I’ll need your Matchmaker help – to get me through these dating jitters, deal with this emotional rollercoaster, and make our love happen.

Marital status: single

November 6, 2012

You know when you want something so badly but it never happens? That’s sort of how I feel about my love life. I’ve spent too much time watching others fall in love around me and haven’t spent enough time on finding my person.

We all know how a doctor flirts, don’t we? Even with a facemask on, all it takes is an eye twinkle, a raise of the brow, and voilà! The rest is history like Meredith and Derek. I see it happen once in a while and it’s fascinating. I hope one day I’ll get that twinkle sent my way as opposed to seeing it exchanged between two people.

But back to the other day, when after being reanimated by the cutest resident at the Skills and Simulation Centre, I began to wonder… am I really the only patient here? What if by some miraculous chance there was someone else here? Someone who was just as passionate about training future doctors as I am? Could there really be a SIMmate out there for me? And if so, I must meet him!

I can only assume that since reading my last post you’ve probably thought that I’m a little crazy. Well, ’m not crazy yet, but I can’t wait to be crazy in love! (thanks for the song, Beyoncé!)

All of a sudden, it’s as though my dreams were coming true. Out of the corner of my eye, a stretcher zooms by carrying a man! A Sim man! Can you believe it? He left me breathless.

Could this be my Simmate?

Now, I have to point out that he was in a critical state and there was a lot going on around him. It wasn’t the time to yell out my room number and ask him to call me. But the good news is that I did catch a glimpse of him. Not as ruggedly handsome as Mark Sloan was on Grey’s Anatomy (my favourite show in case you haven’t noticed), but pretty darn close.

So now what? I guess it’s a matter of seeing if the residents have any insight on his marital status or lack thereof. Please, please, please be available! If he is, you might need to start playing matchmaker in less than a week! I will need your full support to make my dreams come true so come back soon to know how you can be my Cupid.

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