The other emotion complicating things is guilt. When I first came out, a year seemed a really long time, but now that it is nearly over, I can see how short it really is, and how I am only just getting settled and beginning to understand how life here works. And I feel terrible that just as I get to this point, I leave, abandoning patients and staff.
What this rural community needs is doctors who can commit to them for a long time. Young foreign doctors aren't the solution.
Fortunately for me, someone previously had an idea for a solution and set up "Friends of Mosvold", an organisation that sponsors local kids through health-related courses at university, on the proviso that they commit to coming to work at Mosvold in their holidays and for a set period after qualifying. These are the staff who not only understand this community (literally speaking the language) but are also the most likely to settle here.
It's an amazing organistation that I have personally seen benefits from (our lovely social worker is a graduate of the scheme and due to marry and settle here in a few months time).
Watch this space for a way for me to alleviate some of that guilt...