Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mangu Jangu!!

The last two days have been relatively quiet in casualty - a nice chance to adjust to life in Uganda without work being quite as intense as the first few days. I thought that I would explain a bit about life outside the hospital today. First, I live in a house on the Makarere University campus. It's nothing fancy, but there can be up to about 20 international students here at a time. We are all in health professions, be it nursing, physical therapy, midwifery, or medical students and there are currently students from Sweden and the US living in the house. It's about a 20 minute walk to the hospital from the house each way. At night, the majority of us choose a restaurant (or in the case of us girls that just arrived, we trust what the others decide) and take a taxi, which usually works out to less than a dollar a person. Dinner is also relatively inexpensive, running around 5-7 dollars before drinks if it's a reasonable place. Aside from that, we spend a lot of time talking to each other and on our computers - internet here is like slow dial-up. Everything can be done, but takes MUCH longer.

For the last 3 afternoons, we have had Luganda classes (the language of Buganda, which is the central area of Uganda). I don't remember much of what we learned, but today we came across the phrase Mangu Jangu, which means "come quickly!" I'm hoping I never have to use that phrase, but at least I have it in my vocabulary!

Since I can't NOT talk about some medicine, I thought I'd leave you with a couple of sweet X-rays that have come across the department

A machine fell on this man's hand

Patellar fracture

1 comment:

  1. Mara, I'm still loving your posts! I wish we could have hung out more than just the one SS show! Listen, after you've been there for a while and know some things ya'll could use over ther, I would love to organize an effort to get those items for your efforts! Like in your earlier post you mentioned not having sharps containers...