July 2, 2014 - Medical work - Khamding Village Clinic

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July 2, 2014 - Medical work - Khamding Village Clinic  

After nearly two weeks, I’m sure all of our readers are intimately familiar with our routine and culinary pampering. Today I collected interesting tidbits that members of our group have observed:

Jennifer:  immensely entertained by all the children here who love serenading her by with “Baby” a la Justin Bieber
Stephanie: appreciates all o the wild plums available along our trekking route and noticed that most of the people in Chyangba are related
Max: yak cheese does not exist as the female naks produce the milk; common misconception among our group that entertained our guides to no end
Grace: in Nepal, once married, one must stay married; divorce is not an option, which, according to an unnamed guide, is “one of the greatest problems” in the country
Kelly: bees don’t sting here [though leeches and biting flies make up for them]
Olivia: Yetis are not real [spoken with disappointment]
Yvonne: “The women here wear exquisite, vibrant outfits with dazzling beading and designs. I want one!”
Sharon: “Sherpa” is a language, caste and is the ubiquitous surname within the caste
Laura: yak blood is used as a local remedy for gastrointestinal ailments. Also, juniper branches are burned in the morning and evening for good luck and long life, and it serves the additional purpose of a house deodorizer
Dylan: Shingles don’t only grow on roofs
Kim: Sometimes “sa duc sa?” (does that hurt?) isn’t enough; we’ve seen a widespread need for mental health services that aren’t available
Audrey: we drink so much tea, really [wake up tea, breakfast tea, lunch tea, afternoon tea, pre-dinner tea and dessert tea.
Adam: watching the World Cup on a ten inch screen in a stranger’s house behind a monastery makes soccer much more interesting; also, he is leading quarantine plans for the potential scabies outbreak among the group… I’m sure more details will follow.

Tonight, we have settled into our final campsite after our trek to Kamding; Kamding is our last stop before we hike up the mountain to the helipad in a week. At clinic, we saw over fifty patients, even though we told the community we may not be open for the day. We continued to see many chronic pain cases, social histories continued defining “a little” alcohol intake as a liter per day, and patients showed up with lung and eye irritation from kitchen smoke inside their homes. The local community health worker returned today from a trip, so I am sure he will provide a lot more insight into the local health issues and healthcare in the area.

The night ended with apple pie. It was beautiful.

- Laura Lynch