Orientation Day

Trip Start Jan 04, 2011
Trip End Jan 28, 2011

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Thanks to Pi Jip we were able to sleep in this morning. A few students began their day with a morning jog. Several students connected with family and friends via the internet and some of us used the time for sleep. We ate breakfast at 9:45 am. The students were elated when they discovered we were having fried eggs, mini-hot dogs, cereal, toast and fruit. The students appeared much more rested and energetic this morning. Following breakfast we met with the BCNC faculty in the second floor conference room. Pi Jip began the session with a short  message on how the program began and the benefits that have been derived out of the program. Introductions were made by all in the room. Following the introductions, Aj. Nim showed a video on the city of Chiangmai and a video on BCNC. The schedule for the next 3 weeks was discussed and the logistics on several of the activities were finalized. This session ended around 1 pm. We ate lunch and headed off for the orientation of the Nakornping Hospital. The head nurse of several units provided an overview of the hospital and various nursing units (ie. Female Surgical Ward and the Trauma Ward). This session was following by a time of Q & A. Students were provided a tour of the hospital with a focus on the Female Surgical and Trauma Wards). We were given permission to enter one of the private patient rooms that housed 2 female patients. The room was filled with family. The one patient had about 8 children (and yes, she said "about") and over 20 grandchildren. The woman was elderly so she was well respected by her family and the people of her village. There were probably 30 visitors in this room.We were told many of them stay with the patient and sleep on the floor beside the patient. There were people sitting on the floor and extended out the door and onto an adjacent balcony. They were very friendly and freely engaged with us. Everyone was very open to the idea of a photo, so we had a photo session right in the patient's room. So much for HIPPA in Thailand. The students also had opportunity to slide down the hospital's fire escape chutes. This seemed to be the highlight of the day.

Upon our return to campus, we gathered for a group photo. The picture will be given as a souvenir to present to BCNC upon our departure. We had approximately 20 minutes to get ready for the next activity. The students ate dinner on campus (catered in) and then went on a shopping spree to Kad Suan Keaw. I was taken to a Japanese restaurant by Kuhn Anan, Pi Jip and Nong Maew. It is amazing how different Japanese food is from one country to another. Following dinner I returned home for an early retire to bed. Jet lag is kicking in. Need to get to sleep because the Elephant Camp is scheduled for tomorrow.

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Carolyn on

Hi Deb,
What do the new titles for Jips and Maew mean? Terry and I are puzzling over that. Be careful around that pachyderm!

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