Man, so many great highlights from the last few weeks! First, I got to fly out to the island of Little Diomede on a Blackhawk helicopter. We went out on a medevac, to pick up a patient. It was amazing, and the flight was absolutely stunning (but cold, so my phone died quickly, and I have no pictures of the Northeasterly winds blowing wisps of snow across the icebergs and choppy Bering Sea, all orange in the sunset glow of the winter sun! I only wish I could show you all these images of beauty that are indelibly imprinted in my soul). And in the midst of this beauty, a medic yells to me over the roaring blackhawk engine, and I remember that out there, on a remote island, a woman is in pain, awaiting help. It makes me appreciate the incredible resources that we have out here in bush Alaska to get to take care of patients. Normally, there is a helicopter that flies out to Diomede more frequently, but it is undergoing maintenance in Anchorage.
Because of maintenance on the main chopper, there haven’t been any flights out to Diomede for awhile, and the village is starting to run out of supplies. Also we had been trying to get another baby in to be seen for about a week, so we picked the baby up on the flight, since we were out there anyway, and didn’t know when another flight could get in. See this article about it on the KNOM website:
Three Weeks, No Flights: Diomede Residents Stranded without Mail, Food Deliveries
Then, we found out that our Love Story is being featured, not only on our local radio station: KNOM Story 49, but ALSO Alaska Public Radio: Coffee and Rolls
And the best part? Me and Dave get to listen to these stories with my love, on our fourth date… On Valentines Day!