My first day at school…

Well, we saw a lot of patients today.  The ward has approx 30 patients.  The largest number of admissions are for Malaria in all of its forms followed by pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis.  The meningitis diagnoses are all presumed at present because they haven’t been able to perform spinal taps on any of the children as they have no way of doing any cultures. Even getting a cell count is difficult.  That will hopefully change in the next week or so as we will be getting a microscope and I brought a couple of counting chambers to do cell counts.  Most of the patients are treated presumptively for the main possible diagnoses.  We also see patients in the outpatient clinic and the ER who are sicker and look like they may need admission later in the day.

More from Liberia in the coming days…

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4 Responses to My first day at school…

  1. Julia says:

    We look forward to following your blog. Prayers are with you; what a neat experience!

  2. Ben says:

    So where in Liberia are you? What are your living arrangements like?

  3. Prateek says:

    Hey,
    Glad you’re well. Make sure you take some pics.

  4. Emmanuel Tambah says:

    Hi Brad,
    How are you loving it so far? I know coming from upstate NY to Liberia must be a huge temperature difference for you. How are you coping? I hope well.

    Emmanuel

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