Blogs from Gambia, Africa - page 2


Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul September 26th 2012

Hi all, So when I last wrote it was Saturday, we were undecided about our plans for Sanyang. It turned out that the rain stopped at about 1pm. I went for a walk to Bakau which takes about 45 minutes, forgot to put suncream on as I didn't think it would be that hot after so much rain, big mistake! I tried the post office and looked for a post box but they had taped that up and the post office was closed so I figured I would wait until the week started again. I also went to the tailor and gave him some material to make me a skirt and some cut-off trousers so I'm looking forward to seeing how that will come out in due course. I got back about 3:30 and it was ... read more

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul September 22nd 2012

Hi all, So i've definitely been neglecting my blog a little bit this week but I have been very busy on the wards and not that bothered about logging onto the computer when I get home! Monday started with the ward round as most mondays do. I can't really remember if anything particularly exciting happened. In the evening we went out to alaeldin's for food as Josh a Vet student from Cambridge was leaving the next day. That was nice. On Tuesday it was our day to go to Old Jeshwang Health Centre so off we went in the morning. We got a taxi there but unfortunately the guy driving the taxi had no idea where he was going and got very lost, after about 40 minutes I decided to ask him to stop and we ... read more

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul September 16th 2012

Hi, So I have been in Gambia for 3 and a half weeks now, half way through my time here. I've had a good few days since I last wrote so I will fill you all in now. Friday I woke up to sunshine which was lovely. Nisha had been on call all night but hadn't been called to the ward at all over night so she was very pleased. After handover we decided to start the ward round, there were lots of jobs to do so it was just me and Nisha on the ward round. Julian was observing the boy with the pericardial effusion as he was having it drained in the morning, they managed to extract about 1L of fluid from around his heart. He was started on TB medication as the presumed ... read more

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul September 13th 2012

Hi everyone, It's now Thursday night after a spectacularly long day or so it seemed I have finally stoppped and am now going to tell you what I've been up to since Sunday. It's been a multicultural week with a little bit of chinese, nigerian and indian thrown in the mix. Once again a lot has happened in 4 days so I'm not sure if I'll get all the right bits of the story in but I'll do my best. Monday- Handover in the morning nothing too exciting to report patient wise but I presenting my management of status epilepticus to everyone which seemed to go quite well and I seemed to have found the correct information so that was a relief. I stayed on the ward to help with the round which we managed to ... read more

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul September 9th 2012

Hi All, I've had a lovely weekend and there hasn't been much rain hooray!!!! I'm struggling to remember exactly what happened on Thursday and Friday but I'm going to do my best for now. Thursday- Dr. Anderson has now arrived from the UK, she is the consultant on the ward and specialises in paediatrics and research but was looks after everyone in the ward. She sat in on the hand over in the morning to listen to the new cases that had come in and offered some words of wisdom on how the cases should be managed. After that I accompanied the other doctors on the ward while she had meetings. The ward round was long but fairly uneventful we even managed to go for lunch at a reasonable time. When we got back to the ... read more


Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul September 6th 2012

I have been in Gambia for 2 weeks today. I can't believe the time is going so quickly. I guess that's why I havent written anything on here since last Friday. Over the weekend nothing too exciting happened. On friday night after having a quick hot sandwich from a local bar we came home and chilled out for a bit. I then watched the boys play poker using cotton buds as poker chips, I still have no idea how to play! We had a few drinks and then went out at about 12:30am to a bar/club called Ozio's, it was really good fun. We danced for a few hours then decided to head home about 3am. Everyone was really friendly and it all felt very safe which I was pleased about, drinking is not a big ... read more

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul September 1st 2012

A year ago today I was on a plane on the way to The Gambia trying to persuade myself that everything was going to be fine; that I wasn’t mad for wanting to leave my family, friends and job behind to come and live in some unknown middle of nowhere for a pittance. Now in two days time I’ll be heading back home. To say it’s been an amazing year is a bit of an understatement. I had no real expectations when I came out here because it was too difficult to imagine. All I wanted was to vaguely like the place and not feel homesick all the time. The job has had its ups and downs but I’ve met some fantastic people that have made everything worthwhile. I’m almost as scared to go home as ... read more

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul August 31st 2012

I have now completed my first week in the hospital here at the MRC. It's really nice and everyone is really friendly. There is a main consultant whose specialty is paediatrics but he looks after the whole hospital. When I say hospital it's a bit of an overstatement, there are 3 wards, a paediatric ward with 17 beds, a female ward and a male ward with about 10-12 beds depending on the number of admissions. The wards are simple, each bed is a single bed and a bedside locker. There is no wall oxygen or anything like that and no electric monitoring. There is one electric BP machine for the whole of the hospital, a definite contrast. The only thing that I think the hospital does better than the UK is the space that it leaves ... read more

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul August 28th 2012

So I'm here. I arrived at 2:50am which was fun to 28 degree heat plus ridiculously humid air but I got here in one piece. I managed to mess up my timing spectacularly by not realising that Gambia is one hour behind BST so the first thing I did when I got into the airport was to make sure mum knew that I was ok and that the time was slightly different or else she would be worrying. Passport control took forever but was pretty simple. No visa needed just need to rememeber to go back after 28 days and get my passport restamped. Getting the luggage was fairly simple too but what came next was quite something. After collecting my luggage I joined a first I couldn't see why I was queueing but then ... read more

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul July 24th 2012

It’s been almost a week since I left Basse. I’m not sure where the time has gone. It always seems to go faster here in Kombo. I had very mixed emotions about leaving. Lamin came up on the Tuesday and I spent most of Wednesday packing up my little house. I managed to hold back any tears until Adama, my lovely little friend, came into my room and gave me a length of material with some little plastic earrings and a ring wrapped up in it. My last night was a bit all over the place. We’d planned to cook for the whole compound, or rather I’d planned for Lamin to cook for the whole compound, but at around 3 o’clock Binta had some terrible news that her brother had been killed in a car crash ... read more
My last hug with little Sarah
My Gambian family

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