Arrive tour public hospital

Trip Start May 15, 2006
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Trip End May 24, 2006


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

We arrived safely but very tired from flying and airport lounging all day (Tulsa to Dallas to Miami to Barbados to Georgetown). The bus trip from the airport to the guest house was interesting even in the dark--of course a former Brit colony so driving on the left, honking at everything in the path to get out of the way (there are traffic lights in Georgetown-but NONE work!) Lots of colonial influence in the mostly white wooden architecture with fretwork and hurricane shutters. Lots of razor wire on every gate and guards posted at most establishments at night. The Dutch left a series of canals controlled by gates which are lifted by people living adjacent to them during low tide for drainage into the sea, then dropped during high tide to stem the flow back, every day, day after day. The coastlands are all below sea level, so lucky the Dutch were the first Europeans to colonize! I suggested to U of Guyana people that they send a contingent to New Orleans to share their expertise.

Saw parrots again this a.m. in the park out my room window. Sea turtle researcher/conservationist Dr. Pritchard staying on our floor told me that along the western beach the skies used to darken with flights of Amazon parrots. (I found as the visit went on that I didn't need to watch for these two mealy Amazon parrots each morning-I could go about my business and they would announce their arrival with Amazon parrot "donkey braying" I knew well from friends' pet Amazons.) BTW, we had the most interesting travelers staying with us off and on during our stay at the guest house! Belgian educators working in Suriname on holiday in Guyana, a very drunken Amerindian gold miner from the interior on holiday from the mines who took a CSW (not certified social worker, a "commercial sex worker") into his room for a few hours, the Ontario college students packed for all summer doing service projects in the hinterlands, a Indo-Guyanese now New Yorker who explained the game of cricket to us...

Met at airport by U of Guyana Nursing reps who have hosted us well. Took lots of pix at the public hospital yesterday--quite eye opening. Met with Georgetown School of Nursing--a diploma program that feeds into U of G baccalaureate. Met deans and directors of Health Sciences Center of U of G at reception last night--really great Caribbean/Indian food and plum juice. Learning a lot and getting ideas! Georgetown Public Hospital does 500 deliveries/month!!! Darlene and I dropped our jaws at that, also 10% C/S rate to our almost 30%. As one of the nursing faculty said proudly, they don't have to mess with any of that lawyer/insurance pressure.* U of Guyana was very much larger than I expected, with a large IT building, beautiful dorms that impressed our students, and a lovely "Commons Room" in which the reception was held.

Today we trek 3 hours to the east to New Amsterdam and the hospital there. More parrots? I hope!

Big news here is FIFA Trinidad & Tobago "SOCA Warriors"--red and black everywhere. ALso big is new Guyana stadium being built for cricket matches-the World Cup of cricket coming in 2007. Beautiful hotel going up next to it--probably with AIR CONDITIONING!

Will take many, many pix of the lovely old guest house for reference for future OU trips. Cold water only--quite a shock to the system yesterday but this AM much better. One student commented that she "kept turning it and turning it and it never got warm". Um--notice only ONE PIPE? Canadian college students staying downstairs--traveling all summer throughout South America doing service projects.

*Signs up in Public Hospital say, "Drugs are free to all patients" and "This hospital reserves the right to refuse services to anyone who misbehaves" (yes, we took pictures). I think that could solve US healthcare problems--give everyone free drugs and then refuse care to those who subsequently "misbehave". Built in quota system!
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