Another Day in the Hospital

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

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This morning we woke about 6 am. Breakfast was served at 7 am. Today we had scrambled eggs, hot dogs, tomato slices, oranges, toast and corn flakes. The students participated in the 7:45 am morning ceremony. Today Naomi shared her appreciation and thankfulness for their hospitality and Thai experience. Students returned to the hospital today for another patient care day. The groups switched units today so they could broaden their experience. Upon their return to BCNC, everyone reported that they had a good experience. No details were given at this time. Lunch was exceptionally good today. We had fried rice with cashews and pineapples, Pad See Eew (one of my personal favorites) and a vegetarian soup. Our dessert was rather different but very good. We had cut up Jack fruit, squared black jelly, and bread cubes all in a dish with chopped ice. A strawberry syrup and a white glaze was then poured on top. It was the first time I had every had it. Following lunch the students returned to the OR and L&D.

I just found out this afternoon that we are going to be on the front page of the local newspaper. Apparently the manager of the Khantoke Restaurant has requested our group photo so that he can post it in the local newspaper as a feature article and advertisement. They are hoping to publish it before we leave Thailand so we can each have a copy of the paper. How exciting.

The students have requested to visit a Thai grocery store. Some students are craving American snacks while others are interested in buying Thai products such as Thai soap, shampoo, etc. A lot of their products have a very nice flora fragrance. So, we scheduled a visit to the Rimping grocery store. The Thai pronunciation of this store is Limping. The Thai people's pronunciation for the letter "R" is "L". We need to make food purchases as tomorrow morning we are participating in the alms giving to the monks. There will be 9 monks visiting BCNC  tomorrow morning at 7 am. Good thing we scheduled a visit at the grocery store. Each student will buy 1 item to give to each monk. The food that is donated goes to feed the monk community and to the local orphans, homeless, etc. I accompanied the students to the store and we bought protein drinks, orange juice, milk, Oreo cookies, noodles, mackerel, lechees, hot chocolate,and peanuts. The students went crazy in the grocery store. They really wanted to buy snack food. We were at the store for approx 45 mins and I think the students would have stayed longer if we could have. We arrived back on campus just in time for dinner.

The students ate and then packed their food gifts for the monks. The students ate at BCNC and Nong Maew and I ate dinner with Pi Jip and her husband Kuhn Anan. Kuhn Anan took us to a Chinese food court in downtown Chiangmai. The small restaurant served us a Chinese herb tea, rice soup with pork balls, moo satay (pork on a stick) and a specially prepared breaded pork strips. Everything was delicious. For the 4 of us our total bill was only $8.00. Food is so cheap over here.I arrived back on campus a little after 8 pm. We were to have a NURS 495 class scheduled for this evening but I am tired and the students have to prepare their gifts for the Ajons tomorrow. So, good night and I will create another blog tomorrow.

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