A woman with herpes zoster, secondary skin infection because of her advanced case of AIDS.
A boy with a 5-year old eye infection that hasn't responded to our strongest eye meds.
A toddler with a nasty ear infection that eventually revealed maggots in an open wound adjacent to the ear canal.
I still get squirmy in my tummy when I think about it. Maggots, tunneling in a child's ear, eating her flesh, going deeper and deeper, swimming in the pus and blood, clinging to the wound as I try to pull them out with tweezers. UGH!
Oh, and did I mention that this week alone, we have treated about 20 kids a day for high fevers? Monday is our only general consultation day - on the other days, you have to have an appointment for prenatal or blood pressure or malnutrition program. Our 2 exceptions are blood and fevers. So this week, there was a perpetual crowd of parents and children at the door, including one dad with his 4 children. All of them had fevers over 101.
Our Haitian staff blames it on rainy season, a combination of increased malaria rates thanks to the proliferation of mosquitos, and the simple change in temperature (from an average 90 degrees during the day and 75 at night to about 98 degrees and 85 at night).
All in all, an exhausting week and a constant learning experience.