Blog 2 – Day 3

Day 3 in the International Mission was very busy.  We saw 70 patients for various illnesses.  The community health workers have been instrumental in the smooth flow of operations although they are exhausted because there is a spiritual revival happening simultaneously in the evening.  As a result, the clinic is torn down and set up every day.  Needless to say life at the mission is very lively. Patients ranged in age from 2 weeks to 85 years with a multitude of disorders, some of which are specific to developing countries (malaria, worms, etc.) and some that are common in both but well understood by students (ear infections, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, developmental delays, and more).

Regi Robnett, 3 (occupational therapy) OT students, and 1 nursing student went to observe and provide OT services to the outpatients in the PT clinic with Miss Hanna Napier, PT. We are told that there is only one OT in Ghana, at the military base in Accra. The PTs were eager to teach us and have us help with a variety of patients including those with stroke (several months post as well as a person who seemed to be having a stroke at the PT clinic who was taken to Effia Hospital by taxi – no ambulance service in Sekondi).  They also worked with a person with back pain, and a boy with a broken arm that did not heal properly. The students called the experience “amazing.”

Students have verbalized powerful statements with respect to how meaningful this trip has been for them. Many have already talked of fundraising for future trips, now understanding the magnitude of needs.  Jen Morton stopped in their room this evening to say hello and found OT students, Malori, Loren, Jamie, Ericka, Amanda, and Vanessa sewing a reduction splint to keep a 5-year old boy’s umbilical hernia in reduction while he awaits his surgical consult, which could take up to a year. The word then got out and they have been asked to sew a second one tomorrow. They used formed splinting material with slits (using a pan of boiling water in the restaurant kitchen), a strip of T-shirt, and Velcro to fit around the abdominal area.

Nurses, Chelsea Patterson, Nancy Thach and HSM student Emily Lambert have dedicated energy to providing meaningful activities (coloring, playing with toys, and games) for children who are waiting for their parents/caregivers to be seen in the clinic.

After the clinic, Magdalena (a local seamstress well known to the mission) came to the measure students/participants and collect the fabric that had been purchased during the previous days.  In a matter of one day, she returned 6 articles of clothing, beautifully sewn.

7 Responses to “Blog 2 – Day 3”

  1. Linda Murphy says:

    Hey Jamie!
    I’ve never fabricated a hernia reduction splint! Teach me when you get back. I look forward to the blog every day and send it to your family. They are all in total awe of what you are doing.
    We are SO proud.
    Be safe
    Smile always
    Love you

  2. Stacy F. says:

    We (everyone at CM) are so proud of you! An umbilical hernia reduction splint!? Oh my goodness, you guys are so inspiring.
    Hope the “big girl” pants are holding up for you 🙂 Cannot wait to see you and learn more about all the amazing things you experienced on this wonderful adventure.
    Love and miss ya!

  3. Hello to all of you.
    I am writing because I am moved by what you are doing and am inspired by your work. I bet it sure puts things in perspective huh? What an enriching experience. We are all so proud to be your colleagues and wish you well. The people you are helping will not forget your good deeds.
    Keep up the good work and I hope it all goes as well as you hope over there.

  4. Joanne Shuey says:

    Miss Amanda Wow! What a day you had! Grandpa and I are very proud of all of your accomplishments, and the people whose lives you are touching will always remember how you and your group brightened up their lives, even for a very short time. Doesn’t it feel really good to help those in need? There is no better feeling – this is what we are meant to do. Keep up the good work and remember that we are thinking about you every day and love you very much.

    Love, Grandma & Grandpa
    Rusty too!!

  5. Sandy says:

    Loren – enjoy every moment! – this is an experience you will never forget!

    i love you


  6. Kathleen Beauchesne says:

    Wow, what wonderful things you are doing! Loren, you and your classmates are amazing. I am so proud of you and wish you well on your journey. I anxiously await more in the “blog”. Hope you are able to get this message while you are away. We miss you!
    Love and hugs,
    Aunt Kath

  7. Karen Rhan says:

    Awesome 3rd day!!!!! Amanda – that little boy will be forever grateful for you and the girls taking the time to sew a reduction splint for him….guess the word got around about your great work!!!! Keep up the good work!!! Mom

    We are proud of you and all your colleagues for your good works and creative thinking!! I’m sure all of you are seeing how good we have it here in the US. This experience will be remembered by all, especially the patients you all have touched. Keep smiling!

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