The culmination of today’s events warrants its own post, breaking from my normal chronology. Today did mimic other Mondays with its clinical burdens, but I feel the need to express what occurs in a day in the life of a head and neck surgeon in Mekelle. Sorry, not many pictures in this post, but next … Continue reading A Day In The Life…
This post I will keep brief since most of the clinical happenings this week consist of incomplete stories. So, I’ll give a couple updates on patients and present my next extremely challenging pediatric case. Let me begin with a bit of venting. The first emergency case I did here in my 2nd week was a … Continue reading Success Can Only Come With Failure
The ideologies surrounding mortality have been surfacing far more often than they used to in my consciousness. In my medical training, I saw countless people cheat death, avoid it by lowering their standard of living through medical treatment, and a few others embrace it gracefully. Here in Ethiopia, my role in death is challenged almost … Continue reading Approaching Death
The weekend back from Addis was wonderful. Although, still recovering from a cold, Saturday was spent relaxing and then with Yilkal’s family watching the Arsenal game followed by dinner in the pouring rain with a wonderful group of people (3 American Peace Corps, 3 Belgium students, and the 4 of us). Sunday, the girls went … Continue reading Lets Get Busy! … Clinically
That’s what this entire week felt like, over and over: A leap of faith. While at the hospital on Monday, on the up-swing of my Ethiopian virus (Gunfan), Yilkal told me this would be the best week to travel to the capital to complete my seemingly endless paperwork. The goal of which would be to … Continue reading A Leap Of Faith
Just a quick update on my social life too. I THINK I've solved my mosquito problem by rigging a net above my bed. Yes, I know I look like a princess, but I was being eaten alive by mosquitos and in a malaria-rich environment, thats probably a bad thing. Skype and her puppies appear happy … Continue reading My First Trip Out of Mekelle
Allow me to begin this post with some lamenting. Although I’ve somehow made it through 3 weeks relatively unscathed, I always seem to be in some state of disarray. Aside from the ever-present foodborne illnesses, my American viral immunity that I’ve been working on all my life (from parents bringing me home colds to my … Continue reading My worst nightmare continues…
Clearly, from last two posts, you’ve appreciated that I’ve abandoned the quick synopsis bullet points. If you’d like those back in, let me know. Otherwise, let's just jump right in. The cover picture, by the way, is a dinner we made just before the power went out (as it usually does when it rains hard). … Continue reading My First Pediatric Airway and My Second Week!
Hello. I promised to post a video tour of our new home, so here it is! It features Jon and Elisa getting ready for a workout and the symphony of construction next door. Enjoy!
My first week in Ayder Referral Hospital in Mekelle, Ethiopia has been an extraordinary leap. Well, more like a free fall. Before I get into what the 1st week has produced, let me provide some background on the current environment. I’ll warn you now, some of the images in this post still shock me to … Continue reading The Leap Into Mekelle’s Pathology