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Travel Blogs from Mahabaleshwar
... traditional ayurvedic therapies in the traditional part of the hospital, not quite sure what to expect from those but we'll let you know... We also pick up our Sari's that we ordered when we went shopping with Madam (the most senior doctor in the hospital, who is also about 4ft tall) last week, we've had plenty of offers from people wanting to show us how to wear them properly so I think Wednesday evening is going to be pretty busy!
... with the celebrations outside. The hospital has devoted a whole room to Lord Ganesh, with a sculpture at one end draped fabric around and music playing out for most of the day (unfortunately starting at 5am...)
Placement wise, we're still doing much the same day to day. Unfortunately our camp was cancelled yesterday so we weren't able to go out into the Community but we're keeping our fingers crossed that Friday goes ahead!
... using was being turned into a health centre so everyone from the village gathered round while a ribbon was cut over the entrance to the declare the building officially opened. Shoes off and then we all filled in and had to sit at a table at the front of the room while we were introduced to everyone in the village, who were sat on the floor looking up at us. We were introduced in turn as Dr. Anne, Dr. Nichola and Dr. Farzanna (my name is difficult to say apparently!) and presented by ...
... from a safe distance as this monkey delicately twisted off the lid and then gulped down the whole bottle of ice cool lemonde refreshment.
We also visited a couple of temples, the first one having a slightly less spiritual feel than the second- with massive signs everywhere warning people not to take pictures and a corrugated iron roof. However the second, the Mahadev temple, was down a very small and low passage and in the centre was an piece of what looked ...
We had the opportunity to observe our first surgical procedure today which was an emergency operation on the stomach of a 25 year old man with HIV (his CD4 cound was 37, AIDS is usually defined as a CD4 count of below 200) He was absolutely skeletal and was quite shockingly frail under his hospital robes. It was interesting to watch the sterile techniques and scrubbing in process, which were very different from home- and made us gasp ...
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