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Published: March 20th 2015
March 19, 2015 (Siteki, Swaziland) The busy clinic day Wednesday was good preparation for another busy day - mostly in the operating theatre. To start the day however, we decided to explore the farm - and took an early morning drive to the far reaches of the Mabuda Farm Property at the bottom of the valley. Traveling across home-made roads over rocks and steep inclines, we made it down to "Fort Mabuda" another station at the bottom of the hill with housing for the farm staff and poacher security folks. After a quick but hearty breakfast we were off to Good Shepherd Hospital, where the clinic was teeming with patients. In addition to Dr. Pons' usual schedule, we were helping care for patients referred from the outreaches at the Luke Commission that had need for eye surgery. About 27 patients were brought in by TLC nurses Bekah and Tiffany and 1/3 of them for examination and diagnostic workups and 2/3 of them for surgery. They were split about evenly between general anesthesia and local anesthetic cases. Many of the General Anesthesia patients were children. It was a long day in surgery - lasting till about 7:30 pm. Most cases went very
well, and patients seem to do well. Overall we did just under 30 cases Thursday, which means we'll have a few more patients to see postoperatively on Friday morning as well. Given the volume of surgery Thursday, we also deferred a few patients till Friday morning. After surgery, we headed back to the farm and joined the Bethany First team for dinner in the famous "Green Shed" and then headed back for a good night's rest. But before retiring for the night, we did a little night time nature exploration finding "bush babies" in the eucalyptus trees outside the farm house. Interesting nocturnal creatures, they make a characteristic baby crying sound and can be found using a flashlight to find their huge eyes' red-reflex.
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