Thursday, September 22, 2005

So I am working

So I am actually now in Shell working... basically q3 (every third night) in the small 3-room ER. Am seeing lots of fever and diarrhea, ascaris-induced pancreatitis, trauma, deliveries, ect.


My favorite person on the floor this week is Moises, 13 year-old boy who fell out of a tree with an armed weapon while hunting a tasty rodent. The firearm exploded on inpact and shot bullets into his leg and thigh. Today I helped put in his skin grafts. The cutest person on the floor this week is a 1.2kg, 2 day-old baby girl (no name yet), product of a 33 week-old gestation in a severely preeclamptic 23 year-old mother who was finaly induced. The bravest person of the week is definately Don Carlos M., cachectic 48 year-old gentleman with terminal colon cancer who comes in every day for his 8mg of morphine and dressing of his developing abcesses vs fistulas (no more surgery in his case). He always smiles for me and today he came in with glaring white sneakers that his wife had just bought to encourage walking.


Sorry for the unusual narrative. Will try to be more traditional next time.

5 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Priscilla,
This is Mike Abma in Grand Rapids.
Thank you very much for the email and blog info. Pictures and commentary are great.
I've just finished a book called the Mapmakers Wife, about a French scientific expedition in South America in the 18th century and one of the scientist's wives traveling across South America to be reunited with him. I mention that because Riobamba is mentioned in that book and I was wondering if it is the same Riobamba you are living in.
Anyway, keep up the good work.
The people you are working with and for look lovely.
Mike

Andrew said...

Hey Priscilla,

Wow! What wonderful pictures! I'm so happy to finally be able to read about what you've been up to. I praise God in seeing how much of a blessing you have been to the people you've touched.

Joseph Dougherty said...

Priscilla: so glad you finally made this blog public. Marvelous images... keep shooting and posting.

Looking forward to reading about more of your adventures. Be safe.

Robert said...

Wonderful stuff! Getting a great sense of what's going on with you over there..... Be praying for you and your brave, cute and favorites =).