CAMEROON INDEPENDENCE DAY
Trip Start Jan 28, 2010
20Trip End Jul 20, 2010
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Anyway, I had several interesting cases to share; I had a patient with a criminal abortion - this is illegal in Cameroon. She had conducted the abortion in a sketchy place, and was left unable to walk. Her prognosis was not good, but we are doing what we can for her.
Sometimes, when the patients come to the hospital, they are already at deaths door
And there are some cases where you wonder how this patient is even still alive. There is a patient with MULTIPLE unstageable ulcers (I can put my fist LITERALLY into one of them). I nearly lost my breakfast and my knees when I saw them. He had a HGB of 4.7 (normal is anything over 11.0). HOW IN THE WORLD ARE YOU EVEN TALKING, AND FUNCTIONING? The body is an amazing, intelligent creature, where it is able to compensate in even the most harshest conditions...
Speaking of having a stomach of steel - I have been sick with diarrhea for four days. (There is a point, I am not just being disgusting). At any rate, I started to eat a diet of papayas, ginger tea, and garlic because they all have antibiotic properties
I included pictures from the Cameroon Day of Independence that we put together for the youth.
Hope everyone is well. Sorry to hear about the snow storms. Please be safe and take care.