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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 21st 2019

Jan 21st, My experience getting a Thai massage is the inspiration behind the title of this blog. This morning, we paid 250 baht ($8) for an hour and a half massage. Sounds like pure bliss, right? Wrong. Thai massages, as I mentioned before in a previous blog, focus heavily on pressure points and stretching. Fifteen minutes into my massage, I almost handed him the 250 baht and ran out because I was in so much pain. Fortunately, after the intense pressure point part was over and the forceful stretching of my non-flexible legs, the remaining part of the massage was pretty enjoyable. With that being said, I felt an aching pain in my hands and feet the rest of the day and even into the night. My group and I have come to the conclusion throughout ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 20th 2019

Jan 20th, The best day of my life. Ahhh! I wish everyone could experience what we got to experience today. Pictures and words don’t do it justice. We spent the day at an elephant camp, and it truly was a dream. Elephants are my favorite animal (even more-so after today), so being able to take pictures with them, cuddle them, and ride them through the river and forest was pretty much the best thing ever. On our way back to the camp this morning, we casually passed a man riding an elephant down the road. We were all freaking out, but little did we know, we were going to get much closer than that with the 50 elephants that live on the property. We started off with a show and got to see elephants play soccer, ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 19th 2019

Jan 19th, This morning began with a Thai cooking class, taught to us by our Thai buddies! I got to make red curry, which is basically coconut milk, red curry paste, chicken, and eggplant. It was super easy to make, but tasted so good (and a little spicy)! After indulging the curry, pad Thai, papaya salad, butterfly pea juice, and timtubgrab that we made, we headed to another hot spring. Some of my friends bought eggs to cook in the boiling hot spring water, and it only took 10-15 minutes. While at the hot spring, we stumbled upon a massage place that was offering 30 minute foot massages for 120 baht. To put this into perspective, that is less than four dollars in the united states! You better believe that myself and two of my other ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 18th 2019

Jan 18th, Sixteen days in… the exhaustion has hit me. This trip has been such a blessing, but it has been pretty draining at the same time. Today was one of those days for me where I would’ve just liked to spend the day alone. However, in Thailand, there is always plenty to do! We got to see the traditional aspect of Thai medicine this morning through visiting the part of the hospital that specializes in massage therapy, acupuncture, and heat compresses. Through asking people and observing the culture, we’ve found that traditional medicine is often turned to before pharmacologic medicine. I wasn’t able to eat lunch (because of it not being gluten free) for the third time this week. Instead, I decided to soak up some sun outside. After “lunch,” we got together to meet ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 17th 2019

Jan 17th, This morning, I spent an hour on the trauma unit and did a quick dressing change before heading off to shadow on the cardiac critical care unit. On this unit, we got to tour the facility and watch a cardiac catheterization, echocardiogram, and stress test (except I was the patient for the stress test). Everything that we observed in this unit was done very similarly to America except for one thing: Thai people are EXTREMELY blunt when it comes to body image and fitness. They have no problem telling you if you are fat or out of shape, which I now know from first-hand experience. During my stress test, my heartrate went up pretty quickly, and the nurse said, “It’s only been 49 seconds and your heart rate is 170. You not fit.” I ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 15th 2019

Jan 15th, Our first full day of shadowing and working in the public hospital here in Chang Mai was very eye-opening. We got a taste of some of the similarities and stark contrasts between their healthcare systems and those in America. A few of the big things that stood out to me is that in Thailand, nurses are responsible for mixing their own IV meds, managing respiratory vents and their settings, and calculating drip titrations. In America, pharmacists mix almost all of the medications, respiratory therapists take primary responsibility for vents, and IV pumps do the job of calculating drip titrations most of the time. Also, the computers do a lot of the work in American hospitals, whereas everything in Nakornping hospital is done by hand. In addition to being on the trauma unit, I also ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 14th 2019

Jan 14th, Today, we finally headed to one of the public hospitals in Chang Mai. I have mixed feelings about the hospital. I think going into it, my expectations were pretty low… so I was impressed with some parts and shocked by others. The ICUs were extremely nice and reminded me a lot of the intensive care units in America. The trauma ward (aka the unit that I will be on) was a single, open room with 22 beds side by side. “Contact precaution” signs were hanging from IV poles, even though the bed right next to them was only a two feet away. Some units seemed to be very clean and sterile, and other units were quite different. Most of the hospital is “open air,” so there is a constant inflow of fresh air from ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 13th 2019

Jan 13th, The hotel’s breakfast was great because it didn’t consist of rice. We ate dippy eggs, coffee, fruit, and cereal. Then we zipped off to temple after temple after temple. First was the Blue Temple. It was pretty blue. Then we went to the biggest Buddha statue in the world that was next to another temple. We ended the temple triathlon at the White Temple. It was very white, and I have to admit, it was one of the most beautiful man-made things I have ever seen. In Thailand, it is respectful to cover your shoulders and wear pants or a long skirt into the temples. I thought I was playing it safe with a t-shirt and a maxi-skirt, but apparently the slit on my skirt (thanks mom) was too revealing. The employees tied my ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 8th 2019

Jan 8th Today was our first day without blue skies. Instead, we were awakened with a tropical storm that brought along some thunder and lightning. The rain didn’t put too big of a damper on our day, as we opted for Thai massages instead of doing our planned home nursing visits. Bummer, right? After the massage (which focuses a lot on pressure points and stretching), we went to an elementary school to observe junior nursing students in their psychiatric rotation. We played games, did the chicken dance, and observed students with disabilities. My friend and I practiced doing a screening tool on one of the students with ADHD and compared our score with one of the Thai nursing students. We spent a few hours at the school, and I left with a newfound love for children ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai January 6th 2019

January 6th This morning started out with a traditional Thai breakfast consisting of rice-chicken soup. Rice for breakfast, rice for lunch, and rice for dinner. That being said, it is some of the best rice in some of the most-flavorful dishes. We then went to visit Doi Suthep Temple. Words and even pictures cannot do this place justice. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The temple is situated at the very top of a huge mountain in Chang Mai, so as you can expect, the views are unbelievable. We winded up the hill in red trucks that has the backs open for us to see out. By the time we got to the top, we were all pretty dizzy and motion-sick. It only took one look at the temple to ... read more

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