Archive for January, 2016

Jan 30, 2016

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 |

Yay! The weekend! I slept in 15 more minutes than usual before rounds, rounds went pretty well with lots of discharges…which was great because we are so full we had several people and kids on the hard floor for a bed. I saw most of the same patients I saw yesterday…which is great for continuity […]

Jan 29, 2016

Saturday, January 30th, 2016 |

Last night was AWESOME! First, the other short term people and I went to TB village, which is a short walk from our compound. TB village is a place where people who are TB+ go to receive treatment by nurses through the directly observed treatment program. It is a WHO campaign to increase adherence to […]

Jan 28, 2016

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 |

  Thursday is a rounds and procedure day…which is supposed to mean a lighter day…but that is not always the case. While on rounds in the male ward, an attendant comes to me and says “Doctor, please come quickly, there is a woman who is unconscious and needs your help.” I look around and realize […]

Jan 27, 2016

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 |

Thanks so much for your prayers! Chelsea passed the stone last night and is feeling 100% better! God is so good! She even felt well enough to round and work in clinic!   Wednesday went off without a hitch. Again we were super busy (I feel like that is a recurring theme). We did rounds […]

Jan 26, 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 |

This morning, I gave my presentation on TB. I think overall it went well. It was good to get insight from some of the physicians on cases they have seen here at BMC.   One resident here started having abdominal and back pain last night…and is now passing a kidney stone. I cannot even imagine […]

Jan 25, 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 |

  It’s Monday! The start of another week! Rounds were finished in record time (which was great!) It gave me time to chat with my favorite patient…the older man with the stomach ulcer. He continues to improve daily. I told him that I prayed that the surgery would go well and that he would be […]

Jan 24, 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 |

Rounds went well last night. Today, we rounded on all the patients in the ward, and discharged lots of people. It was good to finally be sending some of them home. The reality is that we healed some, helped others get better control of their chronic disease (like HTN or DM), or simply had to […]

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 |

It’s finally Saturday! Rounds this morning went well. The girl with heart failure is improving. Another girl, who I was sure was going to pass away a week ago is doing great! She had high fevers, seizures, and was pretty out of it for several days due to an unknown infection…but with several potent antibiotics, […]

Jan 22, 2016

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 |

Finally, it’s Friday! Which means another long day of rounds and clinic, but I was invited to a missionary’s home for dinner and I was really excited! Rounds went well. My patient from a few days ago who had the stomach surgery from an ulcer was doing better than ever; he even took a picture […]

The difficult day

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 |

  Thursday was tough. I started my morning alone on the wards since my resident partner was sick; I walked into the ward hearing the sounds of a woman wailing and knew it was not good. They asked me to see this man right away and to confirm his death; I have never had to […]