It's been one week...

Trip Start Jan 02, 2009
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My appologies all, but I just realized it's been about a week since my last post.  Things are progressing steadily here, but with plenty of ups and downs to go arround.  Here is a rundown of the last week.

1)  Our cook may be giving us food poisoning

Ok, not really food poisoning, but we've had enough sporadic gastric upset to suspect some lax kitchen practices.  We've given our cook a week off in preperation for mid-February, which will see a lot of volunteers and meals, and we've taken the opportunity to do some cooking for ourselves so we can moniter the outcome.

This means not just time spent cooking (which is nice, since I like to do it) but a lot more time shopping.  I mean to do a full post on food here one of these days, but suffice to say you can't just hop on down to the local Safeway and pick up a two-weeks supply of TV dinners.  There are two supermarkets in town, which combined are about the size of your average convenience station, and then there is the market...

As it turns out I'm too tired to even write about the market, but that again is an ordeal to be described later (maybe with those photos I keep promising).

2)  Teaching fun

I've expanded my student base to also include the local chapter of the Red Cross, and as of this Friday, the municipal police.  This is good, because of the classes I've been scheduling at the hospital, about half the students show up, about half the time.  Those who do attend are egar however, and hopefully it's doing some good.  I'm preparing a infection controll class to be taught later this month, which is good because...

3)  I've been spending some time in the ER

Haven't been doing any rounds, but I do wander in and out when a patient arrives (ER ward is the building opposite our office, and I can see in through the window).  It's usually pretty slow, which is either very good or very bad, but I can tell you that of all the cases I've seen (about a dozen) all but two have been motorcycle accidents.  This is not surprising since most all public transit is done via dirtbike, the streets look like a cross between Sturgis and the X Games.  Care very much depends on who's on duty at the time, and supplies are limited (a nurse showed me a dressing for a roadrash victem, and then put it away, because "we only have a couple left).  My EMT instructors would be screaming if they saw how things are done, but given the circumstances, it's not to bad.  Still, it's made me all the more careful here.

Finally 4)  "Oh you're kidding me what now?"

As always, the week is filled with those little nuances of running any type of business or organization.  Our ward is overcrowded, the beds need repaired, the accountant is coming in from Freetown, but the files were on the computer with the virus, patients need to be picked up in Ginuea and...  Whew!  Beeing helpful is hard work.

So on that note, I'm off to bed.  Our net is still funky, but I'll make a point to be on this week, and feel free to drop me a line, I'd love to hear how all of you are doing state side!
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