Thursday, October 16, 2008

39+2+7=57...

The math doesn't always add up in the outpatient clinic.
In contrast to Tuesday, this morning there was NO chaos outside the gate.
The guard started handing out tickets early this am and by 7am all 40 were handed out.
There were a bunch of patients that arrived late, but they were told to go elsewhere.

When I arrived at 745 it was quiet outside.
We went along the line exchanging the temporary tickets with our official ones.
Seeing as there was a 15 year old in the line, he didn't get a ticket, so we gave only 39 tickets.
After handing them out there were another 10 patients hanging around.

Since I planned to hand out 40 tickets I thought I would give no. 40 to the sickest kid out there.
There were two very sick and undernourished kids, so I gave out 2 more tickets.
I knew I had 8 reviews scheduled of which 7 children ended up coming.
But somehow I still ended up with 57 kids today.

39+2+7 does not equal 57.
I don't know how we got the extra kids but in the end they all really did need to be seen.
They were quite sick; I had to refer about 5 and am seeing another 8 for review tomorrow.
We finished work at 745pm but it was a very good, productive AND non-chaotic day!

2 comments:

Susan said...

I'll look forward to reading more. We have an "adopted" son from Rwanda. He's in college in our town. Blessings on you today.

Gabriela García Calderón said...

I'll look forward to reading more, too. I just got to know your blog, and I'm already loving it, in spite of some sad posts.
Regards from Peru.

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