Wow, there is so much to learn, this week I felt like there was a bit of a brain overload; but at the same time I feel like I learned so much. We are going over a lot of the basics of what you need to know to be a doctor; as well as learning a method of how to treat patients in third world countries. The people in the group are all great; we are all here to learn and we are all willing to take the time to sit down and study together till we understand everything we went over in class.
For practical this week we learned how to take pulse, respiratory rates, how to listen to breathing and heart and how to take someone’s blood pressure.
After practicing on each-other for a few days; we got the chance to go to the local prison and take blood pressure and be a part of the dental clinic that was going on there. I gladly jumped in to assist the doctor in anyway, and i got to help out (meaning i held up a flashlight and held the heads of patients) I know that i am really going to enjoy this practical part where we go out and help people, and the doctor said that next time he will let me pull the teeth (cool). the one thing that really struck me was how many people needed teeth pulled, in third world countries that’s really all they can do; take the tooth out. but even just the simple things I cant do cus they don’t have the equipment they need. this poor guy had to go through all this pain in getting a peace of tooth out cus we didn’t have the right tools. oh how much we take our dentists for granted.