Week three was a very fun and intriguing week!
In the mornings I attended the clinical and in the afternoons I attended class. Over the weekend I travelled to Serowe.
During week 3 I was assigned to the phase 1 clinic. This clinic is my least favorite so far. Some of the staff seemed over worked. Phase 1 does have a maternity section though and I have been looking forward to observing a birth. Unfortunately, only one woman went into labor while I was around and she did not want anyone to observe the birth.
On a more positive note the phase 1 doctor I worked with was a superior doctor. He really cared about his patients. He was extremely professional and explained different disease and disorders and how they impacted all of the patients that he saw. I learned a good deal of information about different diseases. During this week I met a very nice midwife. She allowed me to measure the expecting mothers stomachs to estimate how many weeks along the mother was. I also used a fetal stethoscope to listen to the babies’ heartbeats. I was also in the weighing room where I watched the mothers weigh their children. It was very interesting because the young children were placed in a giant scale that looked similar to a swing. On my last day at the clinic I recorded patient information at the check-in point.
The highlight of my week was travelling to Serowe. It took the group a long time to get there thanks to our super professional bus driver that needed to run errands along the way. When we got to the Rhino Sanctuary we went to dinner. We had an amazing dinner that included my favorite dish, oxtail. After dinner we went on a night game drive. We saw little animals that look like mini kangaroos, bush babies, and many others. That night we saw two male white Rhinos. After the game drive we had a relaxing night by the camp fire where we made smores.
In the morning we got up extremely early and went Rhino tracking. We found five large rhinos four of which were females and one was male. The male was huge and according to the guide, he weighed 2.3 tons. After Rhino tracking we had a lovely breakfast and headed back to the city.