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Staying Busy

Hello again,

Sorry for the delay in posting again! Rest assured we are keeping busy. We round most every day, and seem to be called in for this and that (i.e. deliveries and C-sections) whenever, in addition to staying until the work is done, no matter what time that is. All of this means we don't have too much down time... but that's just fine with us!

Ben has done several more C-sections since we last wrote, some of which were quite complicated, and was involved in a uterine artery ligation due to lots of bleeding. I have been helping with infant resuscitation after delivery, and there have been some harrowing experiences in that realm as well. One mother came in bleeding with placenta previa and a sinusoidal fetal heart rate (translation: they were not sure the baby would be alive). Though the baby was born limp and not breathing, with great effort he was revived and is doing fine as far as we know! Suffice to say, NRP is coming in handy and Ben's operative skill is improving.

Tomorrow will be our last day on our respective areas, and then Thursday we will switch, so I will be the one in maternity while Ben is in the medical wards. Time to be disoriented again!

We haven't taken many photos yet, but we'll share the few we have from a bike trip a few days ago. We've been getting out on the bikes quite a bit - it's a great way to see the area and get some exercise. Hopefully we will get some more photos to share soon!




Mariel & Ben

Posted by vagabundos 11:29 Archived in Zambia

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