Given the recent outstanding success of the seven month wellbeing program, it was fitting and proper then we celebrated the old fashioned way with drinks after work and a silly quiz. Except this is Casey and it would all be a competition with ranked scores and results filed and labelled A+, A B+ (although this was in fact just the blood groups).
I made everyone wear “something blue” to shake off the winter and the chef and brew master came up trumps with mulled wine and hot snacks.
Everyone was busy around the facility looking for the most expensive piece of equipment or the most useless reference book as well as several mystery medical items and locating a penguin (on the ceiling in dental). A souvenir from the Russian station fooled most as it looked like half a litre of vodka although it was in fact a bottle of old fashioned saline.
Prizes included a set of mini microbes (for the healthiest adult), four barley sugars (for the biggest loser) and a bag of blue M&Ms for the dental award. The most consistent exercise-effort prize was of course “a backup” pedometer. Everyone then received their files in good humour with all their medical results and a summary of wellbeing progress over winter, with cartoons and comments.
Overall weight loss for the station totalled 112kg, surely an Antarctic record! We topped the evening off with a round of mini golf that had us pitching and putting hysterically around the red shed.
Good health, Casey, you’re all incredible!Sheri Newman, Winter Doctor 2012