Tuesday, August 21, 2012

home at last

Unfortunately, we had almost no internet access in Kitale so I was
unable to update everyone on our progress there. The good news is now
that I'm home, I finally show everyone some photos!

Although Dr. Melissa had to leave on Thursday night, we were joined by
Dr. Kay on Friday and were able to certify many of our trainees in VIA
at Endebess Hospital and a few in cryo as well.

We then had a very long journey to Nairobi on Saturday and after many
transportation issues, Jaya, Priya, and I made it to the airport in
time for our flights back to the US. I won't go into detail except to
say that we rode in 4 different vehicles for a total of 12 hours.

I finally made it home on Sunday night and went back to work in the
Bronx today. I can't believe how lucky I feel to have an exam table
with stirrups and disposable table paper and drape sheets. I feel so
spoiled and grateful that every exam room has a sink with running
water and electricity. I truly have a different perspective about the
care that I give and also how much waste exists in our health care

But on the bright side, everyone I encountered today who knew where
I'd been and what I'd been doing could not wait to hear about my
experience and was so proud of me and impressed with the work that
PINCC is doing.

I've heard the work in Kibera is going well and hopefully we'll hear
something from the rest of the group soon.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the pics!


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