Author Archives: jewinthejungle

Abscess Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

So I’ve been terribly bad about writing this past month. My apologies for that, but it’s been a combination of being incredibly busy and not having good internet. The internet café in town changed their service, and the new internet … Continue reading

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Insanity Insanity Insanity

Totally beat. We have had by far the busiest week of the time I’ve been here. Last monday we saw 74 patients, followed by 68, 59, 64 and 57. Then Saturday was slow, only about 25, then on Monday of … Continue reading

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Football

  I should start with a clarification. The name of the midwife is in fact Zipola. The reason I thought her name was Shiraz is because many of the staff call her that. Apparently in Lugisu it means something along … Continue reading

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Maternity Matters

In the last week or so I’ve done a whole bunch of maternity work. Last Thursday I spent most of the afternoon working the clinic MHC (maternal Health clinic) which happens twice a month. This is basically a way for … Continue reading

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The clinic

So a bit about the people at the clinic. There are 3 nurses, Viola, James, and Irene. Viola and James are both Clinical Officers (Sort of like a Nurse Practitioner). They trade days at the clinic, working as the in-charge … Continue reading

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The big picture

The clinic is this really weird mix of lethargic routine and quick bursts of excitement. The patient load trends HUGELY towards children between 6 months and 5 years old, with some combination of cough, temperature, and upset stomach. Within these … Continue reading

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first day

The first thing I noticed about Uganda is the air. It unlike any other air I have ever experienced. It’s humid, yet thin and cool, which is extremely disconcerting. In my mind humidity will be forever associated with smothering heat … Continue reading

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The First Stop

LONDON!!! It took awhile for the flight to leave Chicago, but I’ve made it half way now. London is an entirely different kind of jungle than Uganda, and is far more familiar. I lucked out and the keycode to the … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Hello!   This is a spot for me to chronicle my adventures working at a medical clinic in rural Uganda. No guarantees on how frequently I’ll be able to post, but I’ll do my best to keep on top of … Continue reading

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