First day at clinic
Mar29

First day at clinic

We went to a government funded clinic in a town about 5 hours away from where we are staying today. There were a lot of people gathered outside when we arrived, I think they knew we were coming. I was put in the assessment group and we did a quick assessment of the patients main complaint before sending them to the provider. Each patient got a numbered sticker so we could be fair and keep track of people but it was hard to assess in...

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Pre-Departure- Ethiopia!
Dec14

Pre-Departure- Ethiopia!

I have one more day in T-town before I set off to Ethiopia! I got back from Serbia two weeks ago and the travel fever has set in since then.. I’m ready for my next adventure! I’ve got my 100% DEET insect repellent, my head scarf, my stethoscope etc. and I’m so excited!! My bags are much lighter than they were when I went to Serbia! On this trip, our group from the nursing college will be administering medical care to...

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Coming Home from Ethiopia
Sep22

Coming Home from Ethiopia

I have always thought it’s harder to come home than it is to depart for a new adventure. After being in Ethiopia, getting to know the culture, and helping run a clinic almost every day I am kind of at a loss of what to do with myself. I spend the first week back from a trip letting the experience sink in, reminiscing, and resting. It took almost three whole days travel back to the states for us because of delays and time...

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Grateful
Jul25

Grateful

After a long 17 hour flight back to America, and two more flights ahead before arriving back to Birmingham, I am very tired but excited to get home to a hot shower and soft bed. Yet, I am also really missing those sweet Ethiopian faces and their warm hospitality. As I sit in the airport I notice how rushed everyone is and how most people keep to themselves. Almost everyone is hooked up to an iPad or iPhone. It seems weird to me to be...

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Ethiopians
Jul01

Ethiopians

While studying abroad in Ethiopia I was able to meet hundreds of Ethiopians as my team and I set up medical clinics in the locals’ villages. The people were very welcoming and happy to see us. Some would stare in amazement at the color of our skin because they had never before seen such a pale skin color before. Others were amazed at the length and color of our hair. Many Ethiopians have very very short hair–including the...

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Preparing for Ethiopia
Jun30

Preparing for Ethiopia

Preparing for Ethiopia was a little different than preparing for any other study abroad trip. Common items such as toilet paper, tissues, soap, etc. are not readily available in Africa. Therefore, most of my packing involved minimal clothing and lots of snacks, tissues, hand sanitizer, wet wipes–you get the idea. I was¬†told we probably would not have wifi, there would not be any hot water, and we would be lucky if we did have...

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