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Some weeks are harder than others…

Hey everyone. Last week was a long one. Not only in terms of training (80k in total, 26k of which was spent with a 6.5 kg pack on my back), but also at work where I – contrary to my usual habit – spent a lot of hours overtime at my job. As most of you know, I work as a pediatrician. Kids are an absolute joy to work with, and most of the time they get well pretty quickly and can be sent home to their toys and teddybears. But sometimes, things unfortunately don’t go as well as we’d like. It’s very rare that kids, especially the older ones, die at work, at least when I’m on call, but last week was one of those extremely rare ones. After situations like those, you tend to step back and evaluate just what the hell you are doing, if you pardon my language. And most things simply pale in comparison. Like skipping your planned long run because you had to stay at work. Or, well, didn’t have to, but stayed anyway to give a hand. I haven’t had a particularly long career yet, but last week we had more seriously sick or injured children than I’ve seen for a very long time. One of my friends and close colleagues, Monica, works for Doctors Without Borders at irregular intervals, and at the moment, she’s working at a hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan, as a pediatrician, trying to build up a working children’s ward at the local hospital. She writes that her sojourn there has brought her into a completely different world than the one we’re used to in Europe. Her first week at work, 20 children, most of them neonates, died at the hospital. 20 dead kids are 20 too many, as well as one is too many, regardless of where in the world you find yourself. We all deal with what life and work throws at us.

The Under-Five Clinic at SFH in Zambia.

The Under-Five Clinic at SFH in Zambia.

Even if things aren’t quite as rough at Saint Francis’ Hospital in Zambia as in Afghanistan, their Children’s Ward Mbusa Wabwino (the Good Shepherd) still needs your’s and our help. As you know, we are raising money for them with our run in Morocco in four weeks. As of yesterday, we have managed to raise €200 and are on a good to way to raise our projected €2500!!! Please, visit our page and show your support!

Keeping a steady balance.

Keeping a steady balance.

OK, it wasn’t my intention to write only about the sad things in life. Sorry about that. The fact is that my weekend was one of the better ones I’ve had for a long time! You see, I celebrated my b’day yesterday with the people I love the most – the missus and my brother, mom and dad. The last days of the week were spent in the cross country tracks of Nordmarka, in our sofa with generously poured cognac in our glasses, homemade pizza and apple pie, the Swedish Melody Grand Prix, crispy fresh fish, long walks in a freezing Oslo and, of course, some Legend of Zelda on our Nintendo Wii! Altogether an absolutely perfect ending to a tough week!

Crossing the lake Store Åklungen, hoping the ice is still holding.

Crossing the lake Store Åklungen, hoping the ice is still holding.

With our collection of skis.

With our collection of skis.

A well-deserved break.

A well-deserved break.

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