Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Work is done, Time to Play

We officially are done with all clinicals for the trip!  It is a great feeling to be finished.  This opportunity let us learn so much about ourselves and about our profession.  It let us critically think about what to do whenever we do not have the typical supplies that we would always see in our hospitals at home.  We had to improvise and learn other ways to take care of our patients.
Today at the clinic was pretty slow.  We worked from about 10am until 1230pm.  Our patient, a mother of 5 children between the ages of 15 and almost 3 years old presented with stomach pain and gastric reflux.  We started asking her questions about could there be a possibility that she may be pregnant.  Bless her heart but the simple knowledge of don't miss one day on your birth control was never reinforced to her and she didn't take her pill when she had a headache about one month ago.  So we did a pregnancy test one her, and here comes baby number 6.  You could immediately tell she was not thrilled about being pregnant.  She was worried that she would not have food to give to her family because they were already struggling to get by with only 5.  Luckily, we went to walmart yesterday and everyone each picked up a bag of beans and rice to give to families today.  I snuck on the bus and secretly handed her a bag of each.  I know it is not much, but it will certainly help.
After the clinic, we had the pinata party.  It was not as much fun as the Nicaragua Pinata Party, definately a different vibe, but we still had a lot of fun with the kids.  We handed out the remainder of our supplies (crayons, coloring books, shampoos, conditions, etc.) to the kids and they seemed to have a great time at it too.
Sam and I decided that we wanted to give our stethoscope to the Doctors in Costa Rica.  They were so happy to recieve them as gifts.  At first they did not realize what we were doing but were very gracious.  They are very special woman and I have learned alot from them.  After we were all finished at clinic we went to the mall and grabbed a snack.  They have this place called Crispy Churros and they are the best churros I have ever had.  So a couple of us went there to grab a snack. 

Tonight we are going to go to dinner here in a bit and just hang out for the night.  We will probably play card games and dice games too!  We did that last night and it was a lot of fun.  Tomorrow, we leave about 8 am for Ziplinning!  Only two more night here!  Can't believe that it is almost done! 

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