One day to go until our visit to Japan and either my suitcase has shrunk or (more likely) I am trying to fit the usual four seasons worth of clothing into one medium sized case! Let's hope I have an iron in the room at the other end as my clothes now look vacuum packed!
So why are we going to Japan? Tricia (medical director) and I (executive clinical lead - community services) have been invited to lead a two day conference in Tokyo and visit numerous palliative centres in and around the area. How lucky are we? The first thing I should say is thank you to my colleagues who will be covering my absence and for doing it without any grumbling (well when I was in the room at least) - silk kimonos will be your reward - and that includes our boss John Davies who first put our names forward!! Our aim is to share our experiences of end of life care in the UK and learn from the Japanese model/s! I suspect that the trip is going to be both exhilarating and exhausting but what an adventure! I feel both privileged and a little daunted but will aim to keep this blog updated at least once a day so keep checking for updates and we will let you know how we are getting on!