The Emetic Chronicles of a Ship Physician-Part 2

Hello All,

We are currently in Sitka, Alaska where I will soon be debarking to pick up some souvenirs. Yesterday, I took pictures in Glacier Bay where there are several glaciers and all are beautiful. Unfortunately, because of climate warming, ice is not forming in great patches over most of them anymore. The ocean, however, remains beautiful and blue. On our way to Sitka from Glacier Bay the ride was again rough. Ralph attempted to knock down my door but was prevented by a couple of bodyguards I hired on the trip. A couple of shady characters, by the name of Bonine and “The Patch”, kept him at bay.

I have yet to attend any of the shows on the ship but I plan to go to one of them tonight. I have actually had a show every night in my room which is over the stage of the Ocean Lounge. The music is playing until midnight every night–much like having an inconsiderate neighbor in an apartment building. Instead of complaining(it’s unlikely they would shut down an entire show for me­, right?), I just let the music lull me to sleep. After all, it is ’70’s music and you all know how I feel about the ’70″s…

Until then……..

Bon Voyage, ?

Nat ✌?

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Natalie Newman MD

Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency-trained, board-certified emergency physician who has been practicing for over 20 years. She graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on an Army scholarship. As a graduating senior, Dr. Newman was presented with the Marjorie M. and Henry F. Saunders award for her compassionate care of patients within the family structure. After her graduation, she was accepted into the Emergency Medicine Residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon her graduation, Dr. Newman entered active duty service with the U.S. Army. Her first assignment was at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her stint in the Army, Dr. Newman was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina(formerly Yugoslavia) where she was Chief of the Emergency Department at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. She had the honor of serving under the command of Colonel Rhonda Cornum(now a retired brigadier general), a urologist, pilot and former prisoner-of-war during the Persian Gulf War. While in Bosnia, and as the only American female physician in the Balkans at that time, Dr. Newman was assigned as the official physician for Queen Noor of Jordan during a humanitarian visit to a local hospital in Bosnia. After her return home to the U.S., she was promoted to Major and completed the rest of her Army service at Fort Bragg. Dr. Newman subsequently returned to her home state of California. She has worked in rural facilities, community hospitals and trauma centers. She has also served as a ship physician for a major cruise line and also provided physician services at the Coachella/Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California for three years. Dr. Newman participates in public speaking engagements discussing the value of education, of which she is passionate. She continues to practice clinically as a traveling physician.