Day 6 – Clinic Day 2
10 Aug 2013
While working in the pharmacy today, I felt privileged to be able to help so many genuinely grateful people. Almost any interaction I had ended with a smile and a kiss on the cheek. Some of the families had been waiting in line for care since 5am and were so excited to finally be receiving the medications and care they so desperately needed. We were paying special attention to the children by starting a deworming campaign. This will ultimately help with malnutrition and stunted growth due to gastrointestinal parasites. They are something that is often missed but is very prevalent in the area of the Amazon we are in.
Later that afternoon, I was somewhat nervous to rotate through the pediatrics department. Having never worked with children before I did not know quite what to expect. However, by the end of the day I was able to see just how fulfilling it is to treat a sick child. The mothers were always so comforted and grateful to have a tender touch and a listening ear directed toward their children. There was one case today that really struck me. A 15 month old boy came in presenting with trouble eating and weight loss. After a through exam, we discovered the child also had some development delays and anemia. With proper medical care these delays would have been discovered and treated months earlier. However, today was the first the mother had heard of this problem. So we not only needed to treat this his anemia and weight loss, but we had to find local support and care to help him along with proper development. This was a case which really makes you think about how broken care can be in families and about how a simple exam can reveal life changing information.
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