Dr Ed is the physician’s assistant who runs the clinic on Delmas 31 where I work on Tuesdays and Thursdays whenever I can. He is a funny guy, but most importantly, he loves to teach and that is exactly what I was looking for. God really does work things out for us – I did not get the chance to meet Dr Ed when I was in
Funny and happy story about this little boy: He lives near Sherrie’s house in the Ravine, and he had been coming to Sherrie with an open wound the size of a post-it note. She had put him on oral antibiotics for several weeks but the wound just was not healing. Last week, she brought him to me and I noticed that the boy had an intact abscess just about the wound which was probably why it wouldn’t heal. I sent him to Dr Ed’s and Dr Ed drained the abscess while I was in
A woman came in this week with a large lump on her back that we guessed was a cyst. We put her on the operating table and I did the entire excision myself with Dr Ed standing by to point things out and to mop up blood as needed. Anesthesia, primary incision, lots of chopping to get the thing out, suturing it shut – I did it all. It was awesome! The lump, which was the size of a golf ball, turned out to be a lipoma (made of fat tissue). After doing this, I don’t think I will ever be able to go back to “real” nursing work (following doctor’s orders for meds and IVs. Don’t get me wrong, I have zero experience as an American nurse in an American hospital and I bet I’d be horrible at it if I started today. I have immense respect for my classmates who are now working in the best hospitals in
The woman also had a little skin tag on her thigh, so we told her that while we had her on the table, we would take care of the tag for her too. She freaked out, “Don’t take it off! Don’t take it off!” Why not? “Because they told me that it’s a sign and if I have it removed, I will die!” Ah, voodoo doctors, how we love you! We tried to explain to her that we had just finished removing something 4 times that size from her back and that she had not died, but she refused. It is so sad how powerful the grip of voodoo is in this country.