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Reisverslag just an ordinary day at the clinic..
5 september 2014
just an ordinary day at the clinic..
I am doing fine! The work in the clinic is still exciting..below I will describe an ordinary day to you..just so you can get an idea.
Around 6 a clock in the morning light is shining trough my curtains...and half an hour later I have to get up...at the latest...cause most of the time the day at the hospital will start at 7.15h in the morning... It is always a surprise if I will be able to get a shower, because often there is no running water...then the only thing to do is taking a bucket shower...or don't shower at all :)
The road to the clinic is formed by a red colored sand path...it takes me about 7 minutes to reach the clinic by foot..somedays it takes longer..this depends on the amount of people that I have to greet along the way :)
Luckely I know the local greetings by now..although they are a bit complicated..
When I reach the clinic I first need to greet my collegues that I meet on the way and the watchman at the gate. We start the day with a short devotion. We sing some songs together and there is a very short sermon in Tumbuka (local language)..normally I only understand the words Yesu (Jesus), Yehova (God) and pempero (prayer).. but I'm learning..
At 7.30h sharp the handover from the nightshift to the dayshift starts..we discuss what happend over night and also interesting cases will be discussed together. At thursday there is time for teaching, last week it was my turn to teach and I teached on the subject of cysticercosis (pork tapeworm that can migrate to your brain and cause a lot of damage there ;) This because we had a patient in the ward with this disease.
After the handover I will go to my allocated ward...last weeks I worked on childrensward. The nurse will 'collect' all the children and there mothers...they will all line up on chairs in front of me and then I will start at the beginning and work my way through the line until all children are seen. Most of them are having gastro-enteritis, malaria or pneumonia.
When the wardround is over I just review patients that are complicated..such as people with heartfailure, hepatitis or malignancies..and also emergencies will be seen by me or the other doctor. Also we will do scanning from pregnant ladies and on tuesdays and thursdays I like to go to the operating theatre for some small procedures.
Today was a fun day because I gave blood as a blooddonor...first time of my life..and these needles are enormous!!! But I managed ;)
In the afternoons the hospital is quiet and I most of the time decide to see some patients that are very sick or I chose to see familymembers of patients that could use some explanation about the treatment we are giving.
Evenings are quiet here...sometimes I go for diner at friends' place or I invite some people over...I really like to cook some nice diners here with local vegetables :)
I re-discovered cowlsla here..made in different ways.
The funny thing is that most of the days there is powercut between 5.30h and 6.30h at night...the time I would like to cook.. so I decide to eat before or after that time ;)
If you would like to know anything about my work here, don't hesitate to ask...and thank you for the nice letters and messages and even chocolate that came my way! Really enjoyed this!
Lots of love!
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7 september 2014 16:52 | Door: Marieke
zo te lezen...al steeds meer in het Afrikaanse ritme!
Leuk dat je al een praatje gegeven hebt! En wat fijn dat je 's middags extra tijd hebt voor de pat en hun familie. Het ga je goed!
24 juni 2015 17:35 | Door: Willem
Je had vandaag al even kort verteld over Malawi.
Leuk om wat te lezen over je tijd daar.
Het was leuk en leerzaam vandaag.
Ik heb vooral veel gelachen.
24 juni 2015 19:06 | Door: Mariella
Was zeker een geslaagde lesdag :)
Het was gezellig..hoe was je kip teriyaki?
3 september 2015 23:24 | Door: Edwin
Je bent lastig te vinden! :) hierbij mijn mailadres als je nog een keer Malawi-herinneringen wilt ophalen!
7 november 2015 02:29 | Door: willem
Nu je weer in een ontwikkelingsgebied aan het werk bent zou je best een nieuw blog bij kunnen houden.. ;-)