Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Day 3 Working in Zambia -- A Post from Stella Chandler and Caroline Hansen

Today is day 3 of working, and our group split in half -- with one half working in the hospital and one half finishing up painting the classrooms at the Barefoot School. 

Today Caroline Hansen, Grace, Sadie, Julia, Kate, Caroline Bowen, Josie, and Megan got the chance to work at the Barefoot School and helped paint classrooms. It was fun getting the chance to be messy and have a more physical day compared to our emotional day yesterday at the orphanage. Even though the day at the orphanage was truly eye-opening, it was exciting to experience something new and getting to use our creative skills to further help the community. 

After we completed painting the classroom our half of the group headed back and started working on our skit for the Ms. Africa night on Saturday (video of our skit will be shared soon!) Overall, today was a lighter day, but still very fun and enjoyable. 

Today I, Stella, got the chance to go to the medical clinic. To start the day off, I went on rounds with the doctors and nurses of the clinic. One of the patients was a woman who delivered her ninth baby that night and bled out a half a liter. After I went on rounds, I witnessed Dr. Sicoli screen the children. The children would come in and describe their symptoms to the translator, who would communicate to Dr. Sicoli. From the symptoms described by the patients and a light physical checkup, Dr. Sicoli would diagnose and prescribe the patients' medication. Something I found interesting was when a 10-year-old girl brought in her two little siblings for a screening. 

After I went screening, I visited the dental department. At the dental department, I got to view Dr. Beinlich fill a huge cavity a girl had on her front tooth. The happiness the girl got from seeing the result of her new white tooth was priceless. Overall, it was a very interesting and informational day. I learned an abundance of medical information and gained a new perspective of how hospitals are run in other countries. 

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