FC: MEDICAL MISSION TRIP MAY 2012 | BADPLAAS, SOUTH AFRICA
2: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller | the beginning of the trip of a lifetime... | MAY 2012
3: South Africa Bound | “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill | Compact airplane + 17 hours -but still so excited ed
4: Are we there yet?
5: “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” – Kurt Vonnegut
6: Prayer Mountain | Morning quiet time for reflection | Dining Hall | The Rondavels
7: noun: | Aubrey, Shannon, Meredith and Tracey | Rondavel | a round native hut of southern Africa usually made of mud and having a thatched roof of grass
8: Day 1 : Ready to Explore | “It’s a magical world.. Let’s go exploring!” Calvin and Hobbes
9: Ostriches, Zebras & Rhinos...Oh My
10: First Day of Clinic | It only took one day for the children to steal my _____ They are the happiest children I have ever met, and could be entertained by any and everything. Making masks, and doing arts and crafts was by far the highlight of the day. Little did I know then that day that some of my favorite children would be back everyday that week just hoping for some love and attention.
12: 2nd day of Clinic | Playing with the children was physically exhausting, but working with patients as a medical provider the 2nd day of clinic proved to be emotionally exhausting. Still, it was an incredibly rewarding day with many memorable patient stories. I was paired to work with a 2nd year PA, Jessica, who had been to Badplaas the previous year. Among all of the stories we were told, some that stick out inlcude-- the younger woman with HIV, whom who needed a pelvic exam , the mother with a body wide rash, who wrapped her entire face in a scarf, and had very loud inspiratory and expiratory wheezing (she was so grateful for my help, and came back 2 more times bringing her son, with terrible wheezing & her 2 daughters, with cerumen impactions)--With a grin on her face,she told me she would come back for an breathing treatment,but only if "I would promise not to forget the electrical outlet converter." A sangoma or "witch doctor" also came to us claiming she did not want to take pills as that was against her beliefs, but since she was given them the previous year at clinic and they worked miracles for her pain, she decided, "She would take the pills home and pray about it" --the miracle pills she wanted were Ibuprofen.
13: "While we try to teach children all about life, children teach us what life is all about." | Commandment #1 of Clinic: Don't pick up a child if you ever plan to put him down
14: 3rd day of Clinic | with Dr. Milewski | Courage: the ability to do something that frightens one | Learning is not a spectator sport | Dr. Milewski is the father of one of my classmates, Mollyrose, and I was fortunate to work with him in the clinic. My hands-on experience was priceless and there wasn't one thing Dr. Milewski didn't let me do. We treated so many patients with memorable stories, but one boy in particular stole our hearts. A 9 year old covered in a re-occuring body wide rash. Upon questioning we realized the boy was with his neighbor with whom he lives because his parents both died from medical problems associated with HIV. Despite being scared, he agreed to be tested for HIV and was so brave. I conducted my first of many HIV tests that were positive that day, but thankfully this child was HIV negative and I will never forget his smile upon hearing the news.
15: Making Glasses in Arts & Crafts | "In the eyes of a child you will see... the world as it should be."
16: 4th day of Clinic Pharmacy & Triage | quote about being behind the scenes?
17: Meredith J. Barb, PA-S I assumed working "behind the scenes" in triage, and pharmacy would be less exciting of a job, but I quickly learned this was not the case. Not only are these things crucial in a medical clinic, but I learned I was a valued team member with so much to offer. It turns out-all that studying in PA school paid off, and I surprised myself with how much I knew. How to take vital signs, take a concise patient history, and even write prescriptions came naturally and gave me confidence in all the work I put in during PA school. The amount of long confusing medication names and their uses from pharmacology class I was able to recall from memory amazed me. The PA students were constantly remembering dosing, key drug interactions, counseling points and other facts. For once, we were being looked to for answers about medical questions...and we knew the answers. It was so great to see that all of our hard work and hours in the library paid off!
18: Friday Clinic with Dr. Bryan Bunn
26: KRUGER | The "Big Five" | Lion | Leopard | Buffalo | Elephant | Rhino | We saw all five...
27: NATIONAL PARK | plus MANY more!
28: SAFARI | Let's take a ride on the wild side of South Africa!
30: Eat, Play, pray and love
31: MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND | We had two concerts this year, in the fall and spring.
32: HUNTING | Riccas & family | Impala | Meredith's 1st Impala
33: BBQ | Food, Friends & Fun
34: SUNDAY- WORSHIP