Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Don't Panic!
I started the third day of our trip with a good big breakfast and coffee after experiencing a very tiring day at the clinic the day before. When we got to the clinic that morning, my first shift was assigned in the dentist's clinic. In there, we saw the dentist check on patients and conduct extractions only when necessary. The dentist demonstrated to us to prepare the anesthesia syringe for patients. It was interesting to see the dentist work so efficiently and well, given the limited resources she had. We helped her clean and prepare her tools.
After shadowing the dentist, my next shift was to check vitals of patients (pulse, respiratory rate, and blood pressure). Checking vitals is always a great experience since you are able to experience direct patient contact. After vitals I had a lunch break and went to the roof of the clinic to relax with friends and observed the beautiful surroundings and scenery. After this break to refresh and recharge, I returned to the vitals are but at this time, there were not many patients.
Eventually, I moved on to my next shift, where I was assigned to be a runner. This is when I guide patients to where they need to be or hold babies of mothers who need to have their vitals checked. A great experience while I was a runner was when I was holding an infant for a mother, but the infant ended up vomiting on my lap. Everyone was panicking as they watched, but I stayed calm and got help from a fellow student and we allowed the child to finish vomiting all over me. This showed me that anything could happen to you at the clinic and you should never panic and just work through it! Overall the day was fantastic and we wrapped it up with dinner and fun together at home with our team.
- Asaad Ahmed, Humanity First student volunteer
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
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