The Emetic Chronicles of a Ship Physician–Part 3

Hey All,

We are currently in port in Seattle. The last port we were in was Ketchikan, Alaska­a very quaint little port town nestled at the base of glorious, green mountains. I felt so good that I disembarked from the ship. I took some nice pictures, bought some souvenirs and ate a Halibut burger at a cute little diner. I swear my waitress was an ex-­wife of Mr. Stepford. Although her service was lousy I left her a two dollar tip to buy a personality. The trip from Ketchikan to Seattle was a doozy! Ralph made a serious attempt to knock down my bedroom door but I managed to keep him at bay with my new friend, Zofran. I had become a little cocky believing I had escaped Ralph’s clutches. When we left Ketchikan I silently challenged Ralph to “catch me if you can”­, you know, a play on words….Some time after that Bonine and “The Patch” deserted me and I met Zofran.

Unfortunately my blog, which was meant to be a written account of my journey through Alaska has become an “Ode to my Entrails”. The good news is that I will be visiting most of the ports again. We will be leaving for another cruise to Alaska this evening. I plan to get off at most of the ports now that I have completed most of my training. Despite the unpleasant experience of seasickness, I am still looking forward to this next trip. Alaska really is beautiful and pristine. 

Until then,

Bon Voyage,


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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. 

  2 comments for “The Emetic Chronicles of a Ship Physician–Part 3

  1. arf
    June 29, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I hope you stayed away from the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, or Autonomous Zone, or whateverthe heck they’re calling it these days. I was in the area, wanted to give it a look-see, but felt it wasn’t worth getting soaked, as it was pouring rain.

    Also not worth getting shot either, I suppose. Another shooting last night.

  2. Steve O'
    June 17, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Moving in many ways.

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