Military Hospital

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

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Today Aj Nim took us to the Army Hospital. One of my students is in ROTC and will serve in the Army as a nurse for at least 4 years. She was interested in the military hospital so Aj Nim made arrangements for us to visit the hospital this morning. The hospital was not busy. They have a 4 bed ED, 2 OR suites, 1 ward with 30 beds, outpatient clinics and a big hemodialysis center. The hemodialysis unit sees around 100 patients a day. They operate 2 shifts. I was rather surprised at the number of nephrology patients. It would be interesting to study why the numbers are so high. The top four reasons for hospitalization include: End-stage renal disease, diarrhea, sepsis, and fever. The top surgeries include: Thyroid lobectomy, hernia repair, tonsillectomy, modified radical mastectomy, and lower leg amputations.

After our tour of the hospital we went to a restaurant on the Mae Ping River. The restaurant was right across from the US Consulate. We ate out under a big tree by the river. A white gentleman came over to the table to talk with us. We found out that he works in the US Consulate and had moved to Thailand 5 months earlier. His Thai language skills were pretty good. He was very nice. Most of the students ordered pasta dishes. After lunch we went back to the college so we could change and take our Dramamine because we are heading to Doi Suthep.

The road to Doi Suthep is narrow and windy. Everyone made it up and back without getting sick. The Thais say you have not visited Chiang Mai until you visit Doi Suthep. So, for the students, they have officially visited Chiang mai. The temple is the most beautiful temple in Chiang Mai. It sits at the very top of a mountain. You have to climb hundreds of steps to get up to the temple. For me, I take the lift to the top but of course you have to pay for this form of transportation. The students all hiked the steps. I am sure they will feel it tomorrow morning when they get out of bed.

For dinner we had pork pan. This time we did it at the college on electric tabletop grills & hot pots. We had chicken, pork, shrimp, squid, mushrooms, veggies and fruit. Everyone had a great time being "social". This is what the Thai's call it when you sit around conversing over food. They nibble on food for hours. We also had fun singing Karaoke. The students blamed their craziness tonight on the Dramamine that they took earlier in the day. I am not sure that was the cause or not but they were certainly silly and having a good time. Several of our buddies from the past also made an appearance tonight. It was really good to see them again.
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