Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What I would like to do.

I would really like to write a decent post about working in Kilo 11, but work is downright exhausting. All I can think of when I get back home is how to not starve before heading to bed.

It's like I'm in a different city when I'm in that district.

Illiteracy, lack of hygiene and parasites seem to be the most common causes of disease. Along with apathy/neglect. Not to mention old wives tales and apothecary's concoctions that leave then worse off than they started.

They all auto-diagnose and just want pills. They're not open to discussing their symptoms.
-Me: What are you complaining of?
*Patient: Tonsillitis.
-Do you mean your throat hurts?
*Yes, and the flu.
-Do you mean your nose is runny?
*Yes, just give me those small pills and an antibiotic.
-What small pills?
*The ones that other doctor gave me, the white ones.
-What are they called?
*I don't know, the small white ones, don't you know them? And I have a blood allergy.
-Excuse me? A what?
*A blood allergy! That doctor in Blah Blah Hospital told me. Don't you know what that is?!
-No, do explain it to me.
*You should know, you're the doctor!

I see a patient every 9.2 mins. This happens with almost every patient in varying degrees about different diagnoses. Nevertheless, though they drive me so close to the edge of my sanity everyday, I like my patients. I never thought I'd say that.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing some of your clinic experience. Working with the disadvantaged can be very rewarding, though exhausting, and a trigger for burnout.

    Presenting a diagnosis rather than symptoms, and describing medications by size and colour are very common clinical phenomena.

    Mangled medical terms too. Care to guess at what "fireballs in my Eucharist" are? :)

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    1. I really hope I don't burn out soon. I'm having so much fun! I'm guessing the diagnosis is heartburn? no? Next week is the vaccination campaign so it should be interesting!

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  2. Welcome back, dear ..

    Can't wait to hear out the craziest of crazy stuff you have there :D

    San Franciscan hugs will arrive at your screen once you read this message :)

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