Yesterday I wasn’t able to update my blog because the power went out at the hotel for the evening. Luckily it was back up and functioning this afternoon. Early this morning, we traveled to Nidiri, a small town on the outskirts of Masaya, to attend a regional health fair. The Ortega government sponsors these fairs in several communities throughout the country once or twice a month on average. The people of the communities come for general check-ups (most notably for blood pressure and glucose tests) and vaccines for their children. Sexual and women's health are also addressed with information about contraception, free HIV/AIDS tests, and cervical cancer screenings.
Over 100 hundred children from ages 5-10 were lined up to receive their vaccinations upon our arrival. We were introduced to a few of the doctors and other health care professionals scheduled to work the fair and split up into smaller groups to treat patients. Myself, as well as one other student, were in charge of administering glucose tests. Giving vaccinations would have been a new opportunity, but I was relieved I would be poking the fingers of adults (as opposed to children) all morning. Being deemed the ‘bad guy’ by all of those precious, smiling faces would have been difficult.
This afternoon in the hospital we worked in the ER and sat in on two surgeries. We scrubbed in on a gall-bladder surgery of a 20-yr old female. After removing the gall bladder, the surgeons showed us the massive stone. It had the size and appearance of a large green grape. We later witnessed the removal of a golf-ball size hernia from the naval of a 50-yr old female. To my surprise, the patient was kept awake (though hardly lucid) throughout the procedure. Next we were scheduled to see a delivery, but unfortunately the baby had just been born when we walked in. On a side note- It’s especially difficult for me to understand the Spanish of some of the surgeons during these procedures because I’m not able to look at their lips and their words are muffled under their masks.