The Board members need direct letter that states your position and you are doing and it should be only three paragraphs.So let letter be rewritten and scan and send to us this week so that we can filed it.Which is EXACTLY what I sent last time, three paragraphs, position, I'm a nurse, etc...... So I need to figure out how to re-write these letters, get them re-signed and sent in to Kampala before the end of the week. On something that was already done weeks ago. Ugh.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Please keep praying for my work permit. It seems nothing can be simple. I've learned this week that my permit request was "deferred" because there is an error on two of the letters that needed to be submitted. I was told that in the letters it states I'm the director which can't be because it is a local NGO. However, I went back an re-read the letters and, even if English is your second language, it is clear I am a volunteer and the person who wrote and signed the letter is the director and obviously Ugandan. (Which he even states in the letter.) When asking for clarification I was told (please ignore the poor English):
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Will you pray for Melda and her family? They are in a tough situation and Melda has a tough few weeks ahead of her.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
When I was growing up I remember doing this thing mom called Templeton’s holiday. It was named after Templeton the pack rat in Charlotte’s web. The idea was that we could pick any fast food that we wanted and we would get it and bring it all home. So if you wanted a frosty from Wendy’s and nachos from Taco Bell then it is fine. Between the brothers and I we could stop at least six different places. I only remember doing it two different times. Once when Dad was in Africa and one other time but I can't remember the occasion. We never got to eat fast food which made it that much more special. Anyway, the whole point of this silly little walk down memory lane is that today I really wanted a chocolate frosty from Wendy’s. But more than that, getting medical care here felt like trying to get a 12 piece chicken nugget from Arby’s. Unless Arby’s actually has chicken nuggets. Then this isn’t a good comparison.
I had several patients today that I’d encountered over the past week in clinics that needed further testing in town. That meant I was trying to get an ultrasound, blood work , x-rays, Augmentin (very hard to find in Soroti), and a consult from a pediatrician. Today that meant five different places. Turns out the hospital I started at could order the x-ray, I could go to Joint Clinic to have it taken and then took the film to Community Clinic to have it read by an actual radiologist. Then back to the hospital with a definitive diagnosis of Osteomyelitis. But we were told we would need to go to another town to find an orthopedic surgeon. And that was only one of my patients. Now you see why I wanted that Frosty?
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Saturday, May 7, 2016
The (painfully long) story of his accident here.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
I wrote on FB this afternoon "I have a patient with a fist sized hole in her leg who chews her dressing off twice a day. She is proving to actually be my easiest patient to manage today." Unfortunately it was true. 6:45am this morning Betty was at the gate with a little brother who had cried all night. Long story short he had been kicked in the head. The day only got better from there. One patient had been molested for the second time, she is four years old. One patient I put on methadone for palliative care. (Dying.) Ken came this afternoon. I had put a cast on him about a week ago for boxer's fractures of the last two metacarpals. He insists he didn't punch anything but he is an angry 15 year old boy. I'm sure he had punched something. Anyway, yesterday he decided the forearm half of the cast was stupid as it was his hand bones that were broken and it was bothering him.
So he took a hacksaw blade to it and removed some of the cast. And today he had the nerve to come to me and tell me to give him a new one because he discovered that yes, now he could move his wrist again and actually that makes his hand hurt. Turns out I do actually know the appropriate treatment, Ken. Probably he should have picked a better day to annoy me.
So, I stand firm on the claim that this was my easiest to manage patient today. She belongs to a friend who isn't around to take care of her. She was pretty lethargic and refusing to eat a few days ago but is up and around and eating everything now. Well, a little less now that she has the lower half of a water bottle on her head. It was kind of nice to have a patient who just needed a few table scraps in order to be happier today. I had a hard time making any of the rest of my patients happy.
|New ulnar cast|
She has a nasty wound on her leg and needed some antibiotics and some fluids. But she is going to be fine. I'm really broadening my skill set. If I ever have to leave Uganda and go back to work in the States, clearly I'm now over qualified.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
This blog just would not be complete without a video of village kids
dancing listening to Call Me Maybe. I don't know who's piki and radio and pink helmet this was but I feel like I should possibly have introduced myself.....
Sorry the video is so short and I'm so far away but these kids form a mob as soon as I bring my camera out so I just got a couple of seconds.
Also a minute of real K-jung dancing.
Monday, May 2, 2016
The clinic is only three rooms and with all those crying kids it is easier to just keep everyone outside. Cooler too. It gets pretty sweaty we we all start crowding inside. John is the tall guy in red standing on the left side of the picture. He is the government nurse assigned to work out here. He usually does the recording in the books we submit each week to the district. Tony is the guy sitting at the table in white. He is the "manager." He doesn't have any medical training but people love him and he gets all the credit for increasing awareness in this area for how important these immunizations are for kids. He is a very hard worker and acts as my translator for hours on end. He also does all the recording in the patient's immunization record. I mix vials and inject. Pretty sure I have the easiest job. We have a great system and do roughly 40 immunizations on an average morning.