16.08.2010 - 19.08.2010
I know, long time . . . no updates. Do not fear, I'm here to update!!!
I'll start on Monday, August 16. It was my second week at Eerste River hospital and I decided to change departments. What I thought would be interesting would start in the eye clinic to see how ophthalmology works. On Monday, I met with Dr. Lam and Dr. Steven who are both doctors at the eye clinic/ That first day I saw about 10 cataract surgeries which was an amazing procedure to witness. The surgery only takes 30minutes and by the end, the patients can see again. While in the cataract surgery, they told us to check out a urethroplasty A urethroplasty is when the surgeon rebuilds the closed urethra by taking a skin graft from the mouth and placing it in the urethra. I wish I could explain more but that is all I know. The surgeon was apparently the surgeon who came up with the surgery in the first place. So that was impressive. I didn't stay for the whole surgery because I had to go back to the eye clinic. Later that night all of us, including Amy and Randi, went to go see a comedy show starring Sister Mary James. Sister Mary James is a man, dressed up as a nun and makes hilarious jokes. There is no other way to describe it, you just have to experience it. On Tuesday I went back to the eye clinic. There were no surgeries that day so I saw patients with Dr. Lam and learned more about eyes than I ever knew before. When we got out of work that night, we were pretty tired so we just decided to go use the internet but I also decided to go check on the reservation at the hotel where I am staying after the program is over. So just picture, two girls who can't drive stick, peeling out in a two-door car at a classy hotel. That is what happened when we drove up to the hotel. When we were driving out, we saw all the really really nice cars in a row and started staring at them and then Abby says, "Oh My GOD! James bond is in that car!". You can imagine my reaction. I stopped the car, peeled out again, and just stared and in a very nice Mercedes was Daniel Craig. That's right, I saw Daniel Craig. After that, nothing happened that was that exciting. Wednesday was the Diabetes clinic day. I went to some cataract surgeries but I spent most of the day in the clinic to learn how diabetes can effect the eye. I never knew that diabetes could effect the eye so dramatically by causing hemorrhages that could detach the retina. It was very interesting. That night was 18 rand, which is equivalent to about 3 dollars, movie ticket night so we decided to go. We then watched Inception. It was my second time seeing it but I payed more attention this time and it made a lot more sense, well sort of. Thursday that week was our last day at the eye clinic. Thursday is the Glaucoma eye clinic day. We saw a lot of glaucoma patients and also saw some more surgeries. We also saw other surgeries including, an umbilical hernia repair and a pressure ulcer repair. After work, we then went to our weekly meeting with our program directors to discuss our week and preparations for the Garden Route. We also packed that night and went to bed early for our 5am pick up. We didn't have to work Friday because of the Garden Route.