Red Cross Fair

Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
Trip End Jan 25, 2013

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Woke up to another gorgeous day. We continue to eat breakfast at 7 am, attend morning ceremony at 7:45 am and then begin our day. Today is the last day for the students to be in the hospital. They are there all day. They will be spending time on their patient wards and then will visit specialty areas such as the ICU, Peds, ED, and the Hemodialysis units. As is Thai tradition, they will be presenting gifts to the ward staff & faculty that worked with them this week.

Today is the last day of the simulation conference. I am speaking on Debriefing and Evaluation. Although it has been a lot of work getting ready for this conference, I have learned so much. It forced me to read the most current publications on the topics. Some of the information is "In Press" so it is the most current published material. The simulation conference went well. I had a really good time. I love to talk about simulation so I thoroughly enjoyed our time together. There were some questions asked but not very many. They had to speak in English and that probably hindered some of the participants from interacting. We probably had around 80 participants and they were faithful in coming all 3 days. Although we ended the conference early (12 pm), there were several participants who stayed around to work with the simulators in the afternoon. That was exciting to see. Everyone was appreciative of the information provided. It will be exciting to see what the BCN network does with simulation in the future.

It was a challenge in presenting the simulation topic to a culture that is very different than ours. In Thailand the teacher is highly respected. Students carry the teacher's materials, wi (bow) them, stand up from their seat when a teacher enters the classroom and do not challenge or ask teachers questions. What the teacher says is truth. They tend not to use Socratic questioning in the learning process, at least not in a group environment. So, I am not sure how the recommended techniques used in the USA will work in Thailand.

BCNC is in the process of building a new Learning & Technology Center. This is very exciting. The building will be built in the front of the college close to the Administrative building. This is where the simulation rooms will be located. So, they can design this from ground up. I can’t wait to see it.

This afternoon I worked in Pi Jip’s office on school related items. Greg and Maew ran errands. We need to get 8x10s and 5x7s made of our group pictures. We needed matting, frames and bows to finish out our farewell gifts. This year we started this process early. I really appreciate Greg’s “behind-the-scene” work. It really helps to lighten the load a little bit. The picture turned out really nice. We are having the students sign their Thai and English name around the matting of the picture. We noticed the faculty have the previous pictures sitting around their offices. What memories!

Brianne got a ride to BCNC this afternoon. So, she and Jeremy worked on Thai language this afternoon. She has been here 1 week and had to learn 70 pages of Thai words and phrases. She is picking it up so fast. She loves her classes. Her language teacher said she will get an “A” in his class. She is so excited about the things that she is learning. Even Nong Maew and Pi Jip did not know everything she was learning.

The students had a wonderful time in the hospital this week. They performed more nursing skills today and visited several other units. They were impressed with the ICUs, NICU, and Peds. They saw some very sad pediatric cases. There were several children who will probably not recover. The poverty stricken families have so very little resources and options available to them. It is hard to see lives lost when you know if they were in a different environment they might have survived. The students are wrestling with some of these issues.

There are public health efforts in Thailand but no long-term health care such as home health, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. The families are responsible for taking care of their family members no matter what it involves. It is their “duty” as they say. Also, because the poor people do not have money for telephones, some patients are brought to the hospital and are left there for a very long time. There is no way to contact their family members so the hospital has to wait until they come back for the patient. Can you imagine this in the USA. I wonder what healthcare would cost in that situation? There are so many needy people in this world. I wish I had more available money to help them. The Thai people are so gracious and appreciative. Even though they may have nothing, they will freely give you what they have. Something we have not seen in USA for a very long time. It is always a good reality check when you travel abroad. I can’t believe the Lord has allowed me these opportunities.  I do not know why the Lord has chosen to bless me the way He has for I am so unworthy.

Tonight we went to the Red Cross Fair. This is a 1-week event that happens every January. It is just like the fairs in the USA but everything is Thai. Food, animals, gardens, games, displays, agriculture, music and markets were all a part of the fair. The big difference is everything is so cheap. They were selling shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, coats, etc from $2 - $10. Too bad I was not thinner I could have started a whole new wardrobe. Tonight was BCNCs night to volunteer their services for the lottery. Students were in uniform as were the faculty. This year we did not have to participate so it was more laid back. The students seemed to enjoy it very much. They were not ready to leave by 8:30 so they stayed until 10 pm.  Everyone looked tired when they got back to the dorm.

Tomorrow is a Thai holiday: Children’s Day. We are going to the local community to participate in the events so, I better get to bed. Good night.
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Now you can relax a little hopefully, breathe a little, and then post some pictures on your blog :)

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