|Stacy Lerner evaluating a pediatric candidate |
I spend the screening days starting charts with the initial information from the patients or their families. The language barrier definitely adds challenges, but our interpreters help quite a bit. It's very hard to get the patients to admit to pain or difficulty because it's not in their nature to complain. I have discovered that random pantomime is also helpful. Does the knee flex? Does the ankle move? Can the patient climb stairs or walk on uneven ground? I'll never expect an Academy Award nomination, but it helps get the job done. Or makes the patients laugh. Sometimes both.
|OR #13: One of our two operating rooms at |
Can Tho Central General Hospital.
Surgery days start early with breakfast at the hotel. Part of the team heads to the hospital to bring out our supplies and prep the operating rooms for the first surgeries. Wing Ip manages the surgery schedule, balancing the cases across the two rooms based on difficulty, supplies, and staffing. The schedule shifts by the time we arrive at the hospital when a patient opts out of surgery or a new trauma case comes in.
One of our patients for the first day cancelled her procedure because she realized she wouldn't be able to return to work in the rice fields as quickly as she needed. Many of our patients come from the outlying agricultural areas, making transportation home and recovery more challenging than it would be in a more urban environment.
In the evenings, we get together as a team for dinner or go out in smaller groups. Following the first three days of surgery, we had the weekend to explore the area around Can Tho. More to come in another post.
~ Kim (a.k.a. the Wordjanitor)
|Evening in Can Tho includes what is possibly one of the |
world's loudest karaoke sound sytems on a river boat.