As much as the technical learning for the nurses encouraged us, i was even more encouraged by Dr. Foster's very approachable nature and his openness to share his experiences from other places with us. He has served for years in Afganistan, and it especially struck a couple of nurses as we sat around after lunch yesterday that there are other places in the world that suffer deeply. It brought the suffering in our context into perspective--that there are others who suffer too: thieving governments, lack of materials, poverty, iatrogenic damages that leave patients worse off than where they began with their sicknesses.
Priscila also lectured about vesicovaginal fistulas, with good feedback about sharing more about this common condition in public gatherings. i hope and pray some will take initiative to do this and that we can help them with basic materials (like a kamishibai-style presentation, perhaps).
|Dr. Ken reading to Eliel, Zeke and Naomi, shamelessly wanting stories at 6 am.|
|suture session for skin and tendons on pig's feet|
|African multi-tasking: nurse from Lobito breast feeding her son while intently watching Dr. Ken's demonstration|
|A break from bones and joints: Priscila lecturing on vesicovaginal fistulas. Dr. Ken had pearls of wisdom for fistula care from his experiences in Afghanistan|