Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Time to Feed the Chickens

That is Dr. Hardison's euphemism for "Let's break for lunch." But our days are full, and yesterday there was time to feed only the patients. Gerry diagnosed and treated everything from aplastic anemia in a pregnant mama to Potts' disease, r/t HIV, in one 25-year-old male and CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy) in another. Samuel has died, and Eunice is barely alive, but Rose has miraculously recovered from cryptococcal meningitis. Our Medical Officer admitted a Maseno School student with a fever and a large mass on his neck. Silus also treated a mama, who was compulsively eating dirt, for geophagia/pica and removed a cockroach from a toddler's ear. We were interrupted during afternoon rounds by a fracas outside Ward I when roaming chickens took exception to marauding monkeys. The vervets were considering lunch, themselves: baby chicks (kukus) are apparently quite a delicacy.

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