Where do you find the energy?

Where do you find the energy? Do you hit the gym a lot? Eat right? Do you have a good sleep schedule? Have you hit the sweet spot for a proper work/life balance? Are you happy? Where? Where does your energy come from? Sure, it can be any of those things. They’re all positive. But the best energy out there comes from one simple source… people.

We are hitting our peak here. Everyone’s firing on all cylinders. The OR has been so busy seeing case after case. Everyone’s working together.  And we have been privileged to have residents from two teaching programs in Haiti working with us all week. That kind of hands-on education will go a long way.

Pauline and Linda have been flat out in the ER today too for what seems like a busier day than usual.

The teaching has been extensive. Jackie secured brand new training mannequins for this trip and they have been in constant use.

Anesthesia and Dr. Sampson have done resident teaching rounds every morning.  Dr. Boone talked on general surgery diseases to med students. Dr. Smith did a casting session.  Dr. Martin and Dr. Cashin travelled to another hospital at 6:30 AM to teach.

These are the people that create the energy that drives Team Broken Earth. Their commitment, their never-say-stop attitudes. That’s the fuel.

It’s hump day today. Can’t believe how quick the week is going. But mid week is when you always could do with a boost. Today, that boost was the arrival of a container from home.  Sponsored by Rotary St. John’s and facilitated by Canadian Medical Supplies. We can’t thank you enough for this. It’s like Christmas for healthcare fans… it contained badly needed monitors for the ICU and a new intra-operative X-ray machine.

Second wind is achieved all round. Bring on the rest of the week.

– Andrew

Ps. Tell me: where do you find your energy?

4 Responses to “Where do you find the energy?”

March 26 at 6:59 am, Lil said:

Where do you find the energy ???? I find my energy from the fact that you ( Dr Furey) saved my leg and I owe it to you and your collegues who worked with you to do the best I can to take the best care I can , not to end up back on your OR table.. So if there are mornings I don’t feel like walking or exercising that leg or am just feeling sorry for myself I think of all you did for me …. I remember you coming to the hospital one morning on your day off in your running gear and sitting there talking to me and telling me about a nine year old little boy who was going to lose his leg due to a biking accident and the anguish you were feeling because of it … I remember you showing me photos of Maggie with her curly hair and then a few months later how excited you were because your little girl Rachel was due to be born soon …. and later when I was coming back and forth for checkups on my leg your excitement and pride in little Mark … I remember meeting your wife Allison one day at your clinic and how proud you were of her ( she was pregnant with Rachel at the time) …. So, in answer to your PS at the end of your blog …. I get my energy from all of that….. I commend wholeheartedly what you and your team are doing in Haiti and will continue to support that cause in any way I can but don’t ever think that you don’t make a difference to a lot of peoples lives here in Nfld…. I often think of you and Dr Rideout and the rest of the team… the sacrifices you are making … leaving your families, ( those 3 little kids you are so proud of) giving of your time ( probably giving up vacation days and salaries) … I look at the pictures that are posted by Broken Earth and read the blogs …. and I think to myself .. I AM SO LUCKY…… Thanks to you !!! and to Dr Rideout !! I will be forever grateful….. and when I read about the challenges you all are facing there… the plight of the patients, the smiles you are giving back to the children…… the difference you all are making (whether it be here in Nfld or Haiti) …. THAT’S where I get MY energy …. from you guys!!! Keep up the good work, stay safe and take good care of yourselves!!!!


March 26 at 7:52 pm, Mary Trask said:


Amazing work! Congrats to you and your team! Mary


March 27 at 2:12 pm, Arlene Scott said:

Hi Andrew and the rest of TBE,

I find the energy and the inspiration from the phenomenal work that you folks do. You are amazing and that inspires the rest of us to do more, be more, and push more.

Take care and safe travels home.



March 27 at 2:13 pm, Arlene Scott said:

Hi to all my Janeway folk too!!!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *