We are all a bit tired today, it’s midweek and we are working hard! It is hard to believe we only have a day and a half left here!
I have been working in postop throughout our time here and have been able to strengthen some of the relationships that were started with the staff last year and starting new ones with the staff I did not spend time with last year or who are new. I have been learning more Amharic with the help of the staff (who are being very gracious…and laughing hysterically as I try to say some of their tricker words for my English trained tongue).
The dental team, Dr. John, Pat and Sam left today for the airport. We wished them well in the morning and are missing them tonight at dinner and our group meeting. MAN, did they work hard! I walked by the dental room expecting it to be dark and empty this afternoon and Sahai, the local nurse was cleaning someones teeth! She was very proud to be running the equipment and to have a few patients! John also mentioned to me that she is willing to teach the school children as well about oral hygiene and she is excited about it. What a difference the dental teams have made! Thank you all for your hard work!
Dr. Rachel and Dr. Mike have been hard and work as well in the clinic, seeing up to 45 patients in one day! Don’t worry, that was not the high number every day. And, they have been able to spend some time in the OR, as you have seen from the pictures we have posted.
Dr. Mary and Dr. Brian have been busy in the OR, along with our nurses. Dr. Fekadu even got Dr. Sig in the OR for several days. Ellen and Ashley have assisted on several cases with Dr. Mary, as well as scrubbing in on other cases. Tina and Bri have been all over, sometimes multiple times in a day from the compound to the hospital, they have been VERY flexible! But, they have been rocking the foot care and vision screening with the students at the school.
Sue and Jean Ann have been busy bees with their interpreter Beza doing vision screening and TOMS shoe distribution and foot care. Jean Ann has the added duty of hospital scissor sharpener…except the staff keeps sterilizing the ones that are left out for her to sharpen! We have finally figured out the issue, and she has instruments to sharpen and will be teaching Wondi and one of the other staff members how to run the sharpener, along with Bubba, so they can make sure it is also maintained.
Bubba is the MVP of the trip. Dr. Fekadu likes us all, but he LOVES Bubba. Bubba fixes one thing and four more things show up in his room. He has been a great teacher for Wondi, and Wondi has been an eager student! The sterilizer room is right next to the postop room, and I often hear roaring laughter coming from there!
And, let’s not forget Iyad. He is our jack of all trades, running around with Bubba to weld in the machine shop, teaching the new anesthetist, Gerachew, being our resident photographer and running his own optimization clinic/ICU today in MY recovery room! He came in thinking he was just going to “pass gass” all day…the old joke of what anesthesia does all day, and found the hospital already had two anesthetists. Something that is new from last year.
We have also had some amazing interpreters! Beza has worked at the school with the vision and TOMS shoes group. I am sad our long days at the hospital have made it impossible to spend any time with her this week. I know she is doing an excellent job, as she did last year. We had a sweet greeting on our first day, and I hear she will be riding back to Addis with us on Friday. Gezu has done a great job with the dental teams, and since they are gone I will be stealing him to help me teach the staff about the Days for Girls maternity packs we brought for distribution. We hope to do that education with the staff tomorrow. Abel has been working with the podiatry staff, and yet again, we have scored a hard worker and great interpreter. Abel and Gezu are great friends and are going to nursing school. Gezu wants to work in cardiology, Abel in neurology.
Well, that is all for today.
More soon, Katie.