I enjoyed rounding on the Peds ward with a new doctor who started after I left, Dave Lean. He and his family are from Australia and are with us for 2 years through World Medical Mission. He is a pediatrician, but is learning to do it everything, while he is with us. Peds is obviously his strength, but there are a few differences between practicing in PNG and in Australia, so it has been fun to work with him on some of that the past few days.
The clinic is full of patients who have chronic conditions and others who are worried they may have something bad, and I get to tell them they are okay or what we can do to help them. One patient fractured his knee cap after a weekend rugby game, another old papa was brought in by his family as he was starting to get confused, a few pts were worried they had TB, others needed their blood pressure meds refilled, moms needed reassurance that their babies were okay, and more.
My first night on call wasn't too bad. 2 healthy babies that I delivered, 1 via Section, the other with the assistance of a vacuum. 1 woman who was bleeding a lot and needed blood and IVF, 1 stab victim who needed sutures, and few admissions for diarrhea. You can pray for a family, whose son accidentally hung himself while playing. He was found and brought in quickly to the hospital, but there isn't a lot we can do to reverse what has been done. His family was obviously upset at what had happened to him. We prayed together and have to trust the Lord with the outcome.
I am happy to be back at work and look forward to more in the days ahead.