As we are closing out our last week here in Nalerigu, it is apparent the differences in the two different cultures in how we greet and say goodbye to one another. In America it is very common to simply say goodbye and give a hug to someone. Or maybe it’s even just a phone call […]Read more "A Common Greeting"
Yesterday I had my last day at BMC. I am sad to be leaving the hospital, but excited to get back stateside, graduate medical school, and start residency. One thing I have for sure learned is that I am glad I still have more training yet before I will be out in practice (although, there […]Read more "Rounding the end"
Nalerigu is currently nearing the end of what has been a rather long dry season. Green is few and far between right now outdoors. Water is collected in cisterns when it rains and the water is held for later use. The electricity in the area is hydroelectric, which means our electricity is affected at the […]Read more "When it rains, it pours"
Sean and I just returned from some much needed and appreciated R&R at Mole National Park. We rode the tro tro’s (local bus “system”) there and back which was an experience in itself. While at Mole, we met many different Samingas (white person) and Ghanians who were also taking some time out from busy life. […]Read more "The People You Meet Along the Way"
Faile’s Ward is the Pediatric ward, named after George Faile, a long term missionary and founder of the Baptist Medical Centre. I’ve been starting to spend more time in the Pediatrics ward over the last week and less time in the adult ward. Just as in the states, kids are quite resilient in their sickness. […]Read more "Faile’s Ward"
So, as you can imagine that anytime you travel you will encounter new and unique things. Things that are different than back home. Well as can be expected, the local food here fits that description. Some is awesome, and some not as great. But I have stuck to my rule of try everything once. Within […]Read more "A Unique Cuisine"
In Ghana, there is tribal rule that exists amongst the different villages and people of the country. The tribal rule has a hierarchy, just like any other ruling form. At the center is the King (also referred to as the Paramount Chief or the Nay-ir-ree). Underneath the king in the hierarchy are many chiefs. There […]Read more "Rules of the Nay-ir-ree"
Here we area, over a week into our six week venture and it already feels like we have been for much longer. It is interesting how scheduled the sun rise and setting is here. Like clockwork, it is bright at 6:30AM and dark by 6:30PM. It’s a solid 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours […]Read more "Continuing to adjust"
So we have officially been in Nalerigu at the BMC for a little over a week now. It’s been a week of adjustment and learning for me, which has delayed my being able to post. After arriving last week Tuesday, I hit the ground running in the hospital the following day. Here at the BMC […]Read more "Hospital Flow"
Well, we’re wrapping up week one and I can speak for myself (Sean) that I have had a great time so far. Upon waking up I am able to do some workouts in the yard before it gets too hot (6:45AM). So far this week I have met all the chaplains at the hospital, have been hanging out with […]Read more "Learning the Layout"