WOODRIDGE COUNTRY HOTEL
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Yesterday was another public holiday for the national election. We've seen hoards of campaigners everywhere that we've been in the last month. Mostly for the ANC party.
As we can't vote (although everyone has assumed that we would be) we decided to go into hospital anyway. As there were only 2 patients and 1 very relaxed doctor, we very quickly decided to go and do something else. Turns out people feel the need to come ...
It's our third week helping out at the hospital here in Estcourt now and we've settled a bit more into the rhythm of things here.
On the paeds ward we've finally figured out which boxes should be ticked on which forms and starting to get to grips with which medicines are used here - they use the trade names for all the drugs rather than the generic name so it's generally taken us a few days to decipher any new drugs we've come across.
Most of the babies have ...
We spent the morning doing the paediatric ward with one of the doctors, there were around 25 children mostly under a year old or toddlers in cots with pull out camp beds underneath for their Mums to sleep on. Even in just one morning we saw a lot of conditions which have only been exam questions until now and that we've never seen in the UK. There are a lot of young children with malnutrition ...
... to Scottburgh in the morning were dampened by the storms from the night before with the Pharmacy being flooded! All the electrics were out, the floor was soaked and some of the stock was damaged too. After spending a few hours mopping up water we were sent off to the movies with Greg and Beth in Pietermaritzburg where we watched Captain Philips a very intense and eyeopening film. We then headed down to the coast to Scottburgh just in time for a good drink and ...
... huts cling to incredibly steep slopes and the road passed small table mountains and boulder strewn valleys. Children ran after the car and women had stalls by the road. White South Africa and Ballito felt one thousand miles away, and save for the good roads we were back once more in the mountains of the Africa I remember.
We stayed for the night in a comfy rondavel hut by the massive ...