So this is the end of my second day on my second rotation. These last couple of days have taught me one important thing...I definitely do not want to be a doctor or nurse! I went to the OBGYN clinic and ended up watching Dr. Gera finish 2 abortions surgically. Abortion is basically the birth control here in India. Women get pregnant and then go to a chemist which is like a drug store and get drugs that will kill the baby but it doesn't complete the abortion so the doctor has to go in and surgically remove the tissues. It is definitely the hardest thing I have done so far here. I am waiting for a call from Dr. Gera to go watch a couple of births. I think that would be really exciting to watch. After Dr. Gera's I went to a hospital owned by Dr. Vaish. He is a pediatrician but sees patients of all ages. We saw a lot of sick kids as well as 11 tiny infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care. They were all there for various reasons but a lot were due to not enough nutrients in the placenta. Today I watched two different surgeries on infants. One was on a boy whose teste did not drop and it caused a hernia so the doctor went in to drop the teste. The second was on a boy whose intestines were rotated the wrong way so he was not able to keep anything down. The doctor had to cut some of the fibers along the intestine so it would not block the flow. It was really interesting to see how they do surgery and their sanitation practices or lack there of.
It is quite the experience trying to get from one place to another here. It is so hard to explain so that you can actually understand. All five senses are going at once. First we have to walk a few minutes to get to a point where a Vikram 8 (I'll put a picture up once I get one) picks us up. We are then crammed into this little vehicle that sounds like a gocart. Until we ring a bell to get dropped off by a park where we have to walk another couple of minutes to get to a Vikram 1 to take us to the Vishal Mega Mall. We get off there and then walk 15 minutes to Dr. Vaish's Nursing Home (clinic to us). Between being crammed in the Vikram, to the sun beating down on me, to the cows mooing, cars honking, smells of all sorts that you can't even imagine, to other cars being less than an inch from you it is pretty much a workout to get anywhere that is further than walking distance away. It is quite the experience day to day cause everyday is different. The best part is trying to cross the street - it is kind of game that you have to get good at. Many people here laugh at us as we try to cross the street because we literally run across and they just kind of mosy across the busy street. It's crazy but fun but I certainly couldn't do this the rest of my life.
Shopping here is great! My friend Heather and I went shopping for our Sarees for the wedding. We were treated very well. They fitted us, brought us cokes and made us feel right at home. I'll put pictures up when I actually have my Saree and have figured out how to wear it!
Well it is time to hand wash some socks and underwear so I can have some clean undergarments for tomorrow! Hope everyone is doing well. I will try to put more pictures up next time!