Becca in Kenya: the Saikeri Series, Pt. 4
My Day in Kenya Working at the Saikeri Clinic… Solo!
by Rebecca Fortney (dated June 9, 2014)
For the next two days I will be running the clinic solo. Even the interpreter will be gone… gotta love when the government decides to take all the workers away for meetings. I’m just happy that I’ll be there so that the clinic can stay open for the next two days! Today I will spend most of my time in the clinic preparing for tomorrow, since it will be another market day and most patients tend to come on market days. Today, it was as I predicted: only 3 patients came, all of whom had headaches.
June 10th, 2014
So here it goes: market day and a language barrier. Bring it on! Funny side note: I went to restock our pharmacy and when I entered the store room, I was greeted by chickens! There’s nothing like grabbing bottles of amoxicillin and shooing chickens. So far, the market day is very similar to the one we had last Friday (very, very slow). From 9 until about 2, I only saw three patients. All came with a cold or required wound care. From 2 to 5, I saw roughly 36 patients. With all of the patients, the language barrier made things very tough. At least I got a few laughs out of my patients when I tried to pronounce certain Maasai words (add in the hand signals and motions) in order to ask about their aliments. There was one trend I noticed: about 10 school girls complained of chest congestion, cough, and headache. I figured that a cold must be running through the school with the cool weather pushing in. Everyone got amoxicillin, since it is the only antibiotic we have. I am hoping we can try to nip this cold in the bud before it spreads throughout the whole school.
After the long, tedious day, I met some other muzungos (white people), one of whom was a delightful Moroccan volunteer who is staying with Maggie (my other host mum who is feuding with Cecelia, the mum who is currently hosting me). I plan on spending more time with Maggie and the other muzungos. I know it will upset Cecelia, but no matter what I do in this situation, someone will be upset. I feel like a child stuck in the middle of a bad divorce. Tomorrow I shall head to Ngong and update everyone!
Learn more about Montana Maasai Outreach here and stay tuned because Becca plans to keep SCIWHF updated on her work in Kenya with videos, photographs, and journal entries. We’ll be sharing it all with you, too.
Fortney, Rebecca. 2013. Main exam room: on market days workers and volunteers see up to 40-80 people. Many of these people walk up to 10 miles to receive basic medical treatment. [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/montanamaasai*