Settling back in

It’s been just over a week since I arrived back in Uganda. Thanks for your prayers for a safe journey. It went smoothly and my luggage arrived too. I’m settling back in well. In some ways little has changed and I’ve been able just to slot back in but on the other hand there have been significant changes, especially with regards to the nursing staff. That means lots of new faces and names to learn. It has been great to catch up with old friends who are still here and I’m looking forward to making some new friends too.

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This is where I live – not exactly a mud hut!

Work began on Monday with maternity ward. As many of you know this is my least favourite area and so it has been good to spend some time there with a Ugandan doctor who can teach me some more and remind me how to do caesarians! My 1st on call was Thursday. So for those of you who don’t know the setup we all cover one ward during the day then on call we take over care of the hospital at 5 and look after it until the following morning. Unlike when I was here previously though there are some surgical interns looking after the surgical side of things which is great. That just leaves male and female medicine, paediatrics, neonatal intensive care and maternity for me to worry about! The call was busy enough so when I got into bed at 6am it was to grab a couple of hours sleep before starting a new day.

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Another view of my home.

Friday I looked after the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as the usual doctor was needed elsewhere. There were 37 babies on the unit, mostly premature, others with sepsis or born with abnormalities. One of these was approximately 25 weeks gestation and weighed 680g (1.4 pounds). He was 3 days old and we were all surprised this little one was still alive with only some CPAP (pressure blowing into the lung to keep them open) support. I went to see him today and sadly he has deteriorated. Without the ability to breathe for the baby, give drugs to help the airways stay open or the right fluids there’s not much more we can do and it is likely he will die soon. Having come from a neonatal intensive care unit in the UK it’s hard to watch the baby die knowing that if he was in a resource rich country there is so much more we could do.

Wednesday night I was involved in the student Bible study group. Each group has around 12 students from the nursing and laboratory school and 2 leaders. I will be leading one group with Jimmy who is a nurse. It was encouraging to meet with these students and look at the Bible together. Included in the group are mature Christians, poorly taught Christians and Muslims so I’m sure there will be some interesting discusses. These studies take place weekly and we will meet together as leaders before each study to prepare.

This week I will be back on maternity trying to learn lots more! Please pray that I would learn quickly and get some caesarean’s done so that on call I can be of more use. I will be on call Wednesday this week and over the weekend.

Please let me known your news too as it’s lovely to hear what people are up to and get news form home.
Bec

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