On top of everything else mondays are also antenatal days so I had several pregnancys waiting. I’ve learned over the past few weeks that women don’t really want to come to receive antenatal care but as I’ve been talking to women I’ve been encouraging them to come. The government of Uganda says they give free mosquito nets, tetanus shots, iron and folic acid supplements and malaria treatment to pregnant women. I’ve yet to see the clinic have those things to give away but I guess because I’ve been talking about it people thought I was going to provide. So women came yesterday. I did have a little iron and folic acid to give but not much and the clinic did have enough tetanus for all but I was told by the lab tec they need to receive 5 injections within the pregnancy. What? These women hardly come once. How are they supposed to come 5 times? And what kind of immunization takes 5 doses within 9 months? And most of these women have been pregnant 3 or more times (most like 8 or 9) so haven’t they received it before? I’ll need to find someone who can bring me up to speed on tetanus immunization in this country. Mostly I did some teaching and tried to estimate their due dates. They all thought it was pretty funny that I would be trying to figure out when the baby will come. They come whenever they want right?
Anyway, that is enough writing for today. It is a challenge out there but like feeling like a nurse again. I’m sure I’ll have some more stories next week!
I'll try to do a better job next time getting more pictures