Photo of the Day

I’m not quite sure what I like so much about this image that I took by the town’s corn mill.

It may be the girl’s dress that just pops out with its bright pattern. It may be the expressions on their faces or the way she is clutching her cloth that bundles up her money.

Or it may be how it is framed. I was originally taking a picture of just the girl and the boy then wandered into the shot. So maybe it is his broken flip-flop that I like so much.

Dealing with Death

A man waits outside the pediatrics wardIn the past 3 and a half years of medical school, I have only witnessed/ cared for a handful of patients who have died. In the past two days, the number of deaths has surpassed that. The little newborn that I resuscitated yesterday had more respiratory distress this evening and the midwives were unable to resuscitate him. I was deeply saddened by the news.

In the midst of all the death and dying I have witnessed, I want to focus on the positive. With the limited resources available here, many lives are being saved everyday.

Difficult days like these do make me think about all the things I could have/ should have done. They give me resolve to study more diligently and to become the best doctor that I am capable of becoming. Read More

The Medicine Man

William’s Rash on his arm from an allergic reaction to a plantYesterday when I was climbing the mountain I came into contact with some sort of toxic plant. Today my arm has broken out with a hideous, raised, red rash. It itches like mad and doesn’t look very attractive either.

A medicine man at the market shows his dried lizard head that cures rashesBeing market day, I headed into town and went by the medicine man’s booth. I showed him my arm and asked what cured a rash like mine. Without hesitating he picked up a dried monitor lizard head on a stick. He explained that I could burn the head and crush its ashes into a powder. That powder, when spread on my arm, would cure me of the rash.
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Photo of the Day

The hospital has clinic days on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On those days the courtyard and front area are crowded with people waiting to be examined by a doctor or medical assistant. This photo was taken late in the afternoon on a Tuesday with the sun shining on the front of the hospital. You can see that there aren’t that many people since Tuesdays aren’t clinic days.

Gotta love that circular polarizer filter I use that adds such great blues and contrast to the sky.

The Mountain

I hesitate to call it a mountain. I’ve been in the Rockies. I know what mountains are. However, all the locals call this hill “the mountain” so I decided to hike to it and climb it today.

I followed paths through the fields to get as close as I could and finally had to just cut through the bush to get up there. The grass was chest high at times and the side of the hill was covered with boulders. When I got to the top I was greeted by a large snake (he slithered up a tree and we agreed to leave each other alone).

My whole point in going up there was to get a shot of Nalerigu from above and it didn’t work out too well because I was facing the sun. A huge thunderstorm unloaded on me when I was up top and the photos I snapped before the rain came were so-so. Here is the best (actually a composite of three). Click the image for a bigger version – in it you can barely make out the village on the horizon.

View of Nalerigu from the mountain

Pray for Heidi and a newborn

The board letting everyone know that Heidi is on callToday was Heidi’s first day on call. With Dr. Faile being gone, Dr. Hewitt has been on call for almost 5 days straight. He needed a break and Heidi was the only one available.

It was a really rough day for her too because four patients died. Please pray for her as she deals with the stress & emotions of loosing those patients. Also lift up the families of those four individuals as they grieve.

Heidi checks up on a sick young girlThere is good news though. Heidi was able to save a newborn today that came in limp, blue, and barely breathing. She had to stimulate the child for almost an hour and give it oxygen. It finally started responding and as of the last check she did late this evening it is recovering slowly but surely. Please pray that the child will continue to recover and begin nursing regularly.

Another praise is that a young Argentinian doctor named Thomas randomly showed up today and offered to help. He was on his way to another hospital farther north and decided to drop in and see if we needed any help. How’s that for an answer to prayer?