Today 163 patients. Whew.
One arrived with many of the usual symptoms–night fever, diarrhea, joint pain, palpitations usually the list goes on. After explaining his symptoms in Tamchek, translated to French, translated to English we had spent 30 minutes with his history. When Dr. Skankey finally made a diagnosis and gave him his prescription he got up to go to the pharmacy and get his medicine. As he left he said “Thank you” Bob, in surprise, said “Do you speak English?” to which he responded “of course!”
This man recieved his prescription and we wanted him to remember the medicine he was getting so he could tell the next doctor he sees and get the same thing. So he wrote it down…in Arabic.
A little girl came in with back pain. Dr. Bob was concerned as it is unusual for a girl of 9 to have back pain. Her father said it was from picking up heavy jugs of water to haul water for the household. Dr. Bob wrote her prescription…”Go to school”… her father agreed.
Another woman came in with a vaginal yeast infection. We had not encountered this problem in such a dry climate and did not have the proper medicine. We immediately got on the Sat modem and wrote our arriving nurse, Margaret to pick up some Monistat at a drug store and bring it with her tomorrow. She replied she will do it. Not bad service for a bush clinic!