Hey! Peru is good so far. Lima was nice but I saw very little of it. It is huge though. I am excited to see more of it after I leave huancayo. Huancayo is a medium size city of about 400 k ppl. It is super industrial and pretty dirty. Today we just went to the hospital and buddied up with Peruvian students. it was a public hospital and super crowded and run down (by U.S. Standards). I Saw a patient that has tuberculosis of the vertebra that weakened the vertebra and also seeded the Spinal cord and he broke a few vertebra and now he is paraplegic, and tuberculosis really only spreads beyond the lungs when tb goes untreated or inadequately. treated for years, so that was interesting but very sad obviously. Hopefully I can get some pictures of the wards before I leave. Tmr I am spending the day with an obstetrician bc I told the group leader I like that. Also tmr I start Spanish lessons with a tutor that is coming to the house I'm staying at. Things are insanely cheap here. For example lunch costs 7-8 soles and includes soup, a choice of one or two entrees and dessert. And the exchange rate is $1 equals approx 2.75 soles so that lunch is about 2.50- 3 bucks. Also bc we are in a town in the mountains that's like 8 hrs from Lima there is actually no diversity here so when we walked Down the street ppl are obviously saying "look gringos" and pointing us out. It's kinda funny. Also tons of stray dogs and cats here. That's sad too. Ok more later.
Day 5 (1/15/2014)
This morning I went to the women's and children's hospital. First we rounded in the obstetrics ward.
After that I went to the pediatric ward, which was smaller. This attending spoke very loudly and clearly but didn't seem to be very sensitive to the patients, for example he talked about diabetes causing blindness in front of a young girl admitted for diabetic ketoacidosis and was generally brash with parents. But on the other hand he seemed very smart and ran the ward and his resident team very similar to the American wards.
Then I was prompted to go to a vaginal delivery but when I arrived the baby was born already but then the mom had post partum hemorrhage, and a TONNNN of blood was being lost, but I had to leave because our ride arrived just as the obstetrician that we rounded with arrived to handle it.
During lunch I had a long convo with my Spanish teacher where she tried to make me use verb tenses that are more complex. I have the feeling she is a very good teacher. She charges 20 soles per hour, which is about $8. So I feel like I'm getting a lot for my money and bc I'm paying for lessons I hope