Today is my 6th month anniversary of my arrival in Ethiopia. It only seems fitting to dedicate today's post to the group of people that make my life fun, exciting and fulfilling: Our ENT Team. When I visited in November of 2017, it only took 48 hours to fall in love with the team. Which … Continue reading Our Team
Alright, I’m going to try to produce a series of “short” posts to get us all clinically caught up. I figured we’d start with the case I’ve hinted at many times; Amina and the hyena attack. Two days before Halloween -- although it's not celebrated here it gives it an eerie context to me – … Continue reading Amina and the Hyena
Hi everyone! It has been a very long time since my last post. Thank you all for the support after my last post! I’m alive, well, and enjoying life still. We have a lot of medicine to catch up on: Amina (our hyena-bite laryngectomy) is being discharged, we completed our first laryngectomy, have done 3 … Continue reading I use animals to help me reflect on life.
I’ve experienced a lot in Mekelle. Most good and some bad, but what I experienced last night will haunt me for some time. My friends from home often ask if its safe here and my response has always been something along the lines of, “any city is dangerous, but at least its safer than the … Continue reading Becoming Trauma
Quick update: The gentleman from my Cutting Through Black Bubbling Blood post came back to clinic looking healthy as ever! His septal abscess had healed and his life-saving slash trach had left behind a very tiny scar. That 2cm scar will always be a reminder of one of the scariest times in my life. I … Continue reading Trauma In Mekelle
Let's take a second to talk about a really amazing opportunity and experience I had this weekend in a town called Bahar Dar. This small city situated on the intersection of the Blue Nile river and Lake Tana (largest lake in Ethiopia) happens to be the hometown of Yilkal (the head of the department here). … Continue reading Bad Dancing and Airway In Bahar Dar
OK, we have a lot to catch up on. My lasts couple of posts have been emotionally-driven, so I’ll try to avoid that with the next couple of posts. Our clinical volume and acuity here has dramatically increased which has contributed to my absence. We also just finished our first campaign of this academic year, … Continue reading Airway in Mekelle
I swear I’ll get back to my normal posts, but I just need to share this event. Some of you can probably guess what this will be about based on the title, but it was a first for me. An event experienced by most in my field, an inevitable danger we all face. This Saturday … Continue reading Cutting Through Black Bubbling Blood
I apologize for my long absence. The last 2 weeks have left me with absolutely no time to reflect. A lot of amazing things have happened in and out of the OR, so, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be posting a number of short posts. I’ll make this first post non-medical and talk … Continue reading Cross of Fire!
As a reminder, my last post was out of my normal chronology, sorry about that. This one is about last week. I’ll stop being so confusing, I hope. A LOT happened this past week both clinically and socially, so lets get right into it. If you didn't already know (and I bet you didn’t), Ethiopians … Continue reading A Traumatic New Years