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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've settled into a routine now of helping out on the paediatric ward round in the morning (getting to know all the forms and getting used to X-rays and babies' chests) and then going to casualty to see patients who come in by ambulance from the surrounding areas. What we've seen is really quite different from the in UK, for starters most of the doctors go for lunch at 12 and most don't bother coming back in so ...
... To wash my hair, I went outside to the tap. I realized I was just casually washing my hair under the stars in a rural village, in the middle of the mountains, in Africa, and listening to the faint sounds of traditional music in the distance. It was a glorious moment.
Monday we decided to go to school with our sister Phili. Her school was about a half hour walk from home. It was really fun because they are taking exams, but didn't have any that ...
... we will walk through the doors of Stanger Hospital and take it from there.
There will be obvious limits to what we can write about regarding work. In my mind and in the mind of the General Medical Council it is unethical to disclose private patient details. But we will endeavour to bring you’re the gist of our times. It will certainly be an adventure.
We have been ...