A little background about how the clinic works on a daily basis and what I do......clinic runs from 9-? Wednesday thru Saturday. Sometimes clinic ends by 1, other times it goes until 4:30. Different communities are scheduled to come on different days. Right now there is one full time physician and two medical students seeing patients. I have been seeing several therapy patients most days (after they see the doctor they are sent to me....we’re currently working on a better referral system that will broaden the number of patients I am able to see as the physicians understand more of the types of patients they can refer), often times they are patients with shoulder or back problems but then there are Aldo's everlasting patients who have had strokes and one patient with a broken hip. When I am not seeing patients at times I will help with educating patients on diabetes management and on properly taking their medicines according to the prescriptions. There is also down time where I am able to do some studying. This week, the coordinator and I are going to try to have short class during clinic hours to discuss exercise and diabetes management and to actually have everyone perform some light exercises while waiting for the physician. If it goes well we will try to continue it every week. I am also going to expand my abilities and try to do some grant searching/writing in the coming months.
Why did you decide to live in Bolivia?
Kara and Fanny doing strength training – to see more pictures, go to Kara’s blog at http://aventuraenbolivia.blogspot.com/
Kara and Dave – to see more pictures, go to their blog at http://aventuraenbolivia.blogspot.com/
I am thoroughly enjoying my time here and learning a lot. It's really nice because I spend several days each week in Santa Cruz (a rather large city very similar to the US in many ways) and several days in Palacios (as a said a very small community). I am now able to see patients on my own for much of the time (although there are still times I need to call someone in to help me out when I do not understand). People have been very understanding with my poor Spanish (at times too understanding, meaning they pretend they understand when I know they don't!) and very willing to help me learn. Another thing I have begun to do is ask every patient if they prefer pictures or words for HEPs because many of them cannot read, this is something I will take back with me to the US. It has been interesting working so closely with doctors and other members of the health field because I am able to see what a large role we have as therapists in providing the education to our patients; so many times doctors have so many patients to see they are not able to spend the time they would like with their patients and often it is the education that must be cut short (although I was already aware of this I am even more so now).