Sunday, November 16, 2008

Treating Patients and Training Others

Wednesday, November 12
The yellow team headed out to Ndeiya Tiekunu, with no problems of getting stuck in the mud. All went well and they treated over 130 children and adults.

At Kahuho, the green team was told to expect 80 patients, however, when we all entered the church for prayers and blessings on our day, we saw there were more than 600 people waiting for us. We set up our clinic in the tiny birthing center and tried to organize the crowds so we could see the sickest patients first. We sent the people who needed tylenol and had symptoms of joint and back pain up to the church. When they were all assembled, there was standing room only and one of our therapists instructed all 250 in body mechanics and postural changes. Our respiratory therapist then laid herself on the ground to demonstrate sleeping postures. It was a huge hit!

Back at the clinic, we had to make an emergency run for more medication and did end up treating 400 patients.

Thursday, November 13
We were up very early as both teams drove to Nyeri, a children's home. Children here are selected for room and board based on need as most of their parents are sick or deceased. We provided individualized care for all of the students. We also worked with several disabled children providing feeding equipment and improved exercises. Our physicial therapist spent all day treating the staff and older adults.

Friday, November 14
We have finished treating in the clinic and are very sad this part of our trip is over. Today we prepared for a clinic to teach the healthcare workers and parish nurses how to treat the children while we are gone.

Saturday, November 15
All of the team put on individual treatment sessions regarding their specialities from 9 AM until 2 PM. We provided handouts and Education Certificates for the attendees. They were very happy with all of the information they were given.

After lunch the Riders for Health presented this Presbytery team with 10 motorcycles that will be used to transport medicine throughout the various dispensaries. The evening ended with a banquet attended by the Limuru City Council and various parish officials.

We have all had a wonderful time in Kenya and look forward to church tomorrow.