Helping at the clinic

Phalombe Travel Blog

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Going back to Phalombe felt so good. It had bee so long since I was here last time. Meeting all my friends and working with them felt so good. The clinic itself had changed a bit-- it was becoming better and better each day. It was so good to help people in their needs-- there was over 3000 people coming to the clinic each month, so a lot of work to be done. As it was the rainy season, we met many people suffering from malaria. There was a new medicine that they gave for the malaria- people, but this time many medicines had ran out and they didn't get new one from anywhere.. Of course we had QNN-- but that's not the best medicine as it is so strong and might make you feel very ill for a while. Even though I was using anti- malaria pills, I also got malaria- twice. I was so happy that they found some of that new medicine instead of giving me QNN too. Anyway-- the medicine was still strong and I don't know which one hurted me more- malaria or the medicine. For few days I was feeling very sick and each time I had to eat something (so that I could take the medicine) I was just crying, because I didn't want to eat anything. The worst pain was in my joints. But finally the malaria was gone.. Only that three weeks after I got malaria again. It was just before I left back to Finland. so in Finland, I got some strong antibiotics, just to make sure that the malaria would be really gone. Sometimes when my joints hurt, I'm afraid that oh now it has come back-- but most of the time it's just because I've worked very hard. :D

Anyway-- at the clinic, I was helping at the dressing room-- preparing and giving injections, doing wound care and helping the doctor. But most of the time I went to help laboratory technician to do different tests- like pregnancy tests, malaria tests and also tuberculosis tests. That was actually very interesting and I really enjoyed it. It was nice to see how much this clinic had been developing since my last visit.

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