July 6th was my first day of work at King Edward hospital in Durban. It is a part of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Medical School here in Durban. This week, four of us will be working in the PEADS department. It was slow our first day, we did rounds with other medical students and saw about eight patients. Most of these patients were HIV positive. Others had tuberculosis, menagitis, and hepatiatis. In one of the wards, there was the cutest little girl who followed us around with banana in hand. She was very curious about what we were doing. It was a hard first day.
It is hard to work here because the nurses (which are called sisters here) think you are a doctor if you have on scrubs or a white coat. I don't know much so when one asks for my help, I usually say "Let me go get the doctor". That confuses them even more. The sisters also have to have there tea breaks. You do not get in the way of their tea breaks. So far, the doctors here are nice and outgoing. I am hoping that will last that whole time I am here.
Today we will actually start working instead of getting the introduction information. I am hoping I won't fall asleep in a meeting again. Wish me good Luck!!!