Weddings, hospitals, elephants and lots of food!
Trip Start Jan 31, 2009
22Trip End Jul 14, 2009
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I'm having an amazing time in Southern India, can't believe I'm nearly half way through my placement!
I made it to the wedding last Sunday (stomach finally likes India! = big relief!!) which was amazing!! The colours and music were incredible. After a ceremony in a temple we went to the house of the bride's father where lots of delicious food was provided. We were treated like VIPs which was very embarrassing at times, especially when we were made to eat at the table with the rest of the guests eating on the floor looking up at us!!! I found this really awkward, seeing as though the bride's mother was right by my feet!!! It was a great experience though and we were really grateful for being invited!
I love living with the Gomathinayams, the house is always busy and delicious food is always being produced
Last week I was at the Thangavinaygam Clinic on Mon, Tues and Weds which is run my 2 doctors (husband and wife). It is the busiest hospital I've ever seen! In the mornings they run clinics - like a GP surgery. These are crazy, a new patient is being seen every 2-3 mins and at one point the doctor was seeing 3 patients at once! Understandably the doctors are far to busy to be repeating things in English, especially seeing as though I have no medical knowledge to contribute back, so there is quite a lot of sitting around but when they do get the chance, it's great to be able to ask a few questions. On my first day I was told to follow the doctor to a room at the end of the corridor, which I soon found out was the labour room!! Twenty minutes later the doctor had delivered a healthy baby girl!!! It was an amazing experience to watch, fairly gross, but incredible!! I unfortunately had to sneak out and find a chair quite quickly afterwards when the room started spinning lol! I thought it would be a good idea not to end up on the floor on my first morning there!!!
Bron, (the volunteer who I'm living with) arrived on Wednesday afternoon. She's originally from New Zealand but has been living in England for over 10 years. She's really lovely and it is great fun being able to do the placements with her
On Thursday morning we went to a different hospital (Sri Kanna Hopsital) just outside Puliangudi. The doctor we are shadowing is amazing, always explains things to us and very keen to teach so I think we will learn lots from him!!
We sneaked off for the weekend on Friday morning to travel to Thekkady, a wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It was an amazing place, so beautiful. We got the bus there and back, each journey costing us only just over a pound for 7 hours travelling!!! The final half an hour on the way there was fairly entertaining!! It was very steep, windy roads and the coach had quite a lot of difficulty with the corners, especially when meeting other big vehicles!!! On Friday evening we met lots of other volunteers (there were 37 projects abroad volunteers at the weekend trip!!) and had dinner altogether. It was really great to chat to everyone and to share lots of stories! I even met a girl called Pippa who believe it or not lived in Croxley Green until she was 10 years old! On Saturday morning we got up early to do a 3 hour jungle trek which was very cool!! We saw some pretty birds, monkeys, a massive squirrel and lots of cool plants. However another group had to run from a herd of elephants!!!
This morning we have had a very interesting time Sri Kanna Hospital. The doctor is always willing to answer our questions when he can and together with the medical handbook we seem to be able to find answers to most! Today there was a young man in ITU who had poisoned himself (apparently very common in India) and is in quite a critical condition. The doctors and nurses here are just so dedicated and it was amazing to see them working altogether to try and stabilize the gentleman. Most members of staff work over 12 hours a day 6 or 7 days a week. One lady has only one day off a month!!!!
Really looking forward to spending more time in the hospital, getting to know the staff is great and we're finding out lots more about the Indian culture!
I hope all is well with everyone and you had a good half term...(think it was sometime recently!?).
Loads of love xxxxx