Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Maramba Clinic

Today I worked at the clinic in Maramba. I think that every child under 5 in the area must have shown up – the entire courtyard was filled with mothers and babies! I left Kasey and Valerie to weigh babies while I ventured inside to help take vitals (blood pressure, temp and weight) from the people who had filled the waiting room in the Outpatient Department. I was very nervous because I had never taken a blood pressure before (for real) but like many other things here in Africa, the only way through it is to DO IT! After the first one, it was smooth sailing! It is now one of my favorite things to do. We have been given freedom to do so many clinical tasks with little or no training. I continue to learn a lot each day from the clinical staff, coordinators and my classmates.

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