OR days 4 and 5. Patients continue to dribble in for evaluation. Today there were two infants. Families carry growth charts or small booklets with information about the babies and their vaccines. One 3 month old infant with a cleft lip hasn’t gained weight in two months. Since babies only have to fast for 4 hours, she had her surgery the same day. The results are very rewarding.
Part of each day is spent figuring out how to make do. Today we made more homemade “no-no’s.” These are tubes that fit around children’s arms to keep them from bending at the elbow to tear at IV lines or stitches. Commercially available no-no’s are made from polyester, plastic, and Velcro. Ours are cardboard from the boxes we shipped our supplies in wrapped in disposable medical pads (chux) and attatched with bandage tape. Our makeshift IV boards are plain cardboard.
We had a visit from a representative from the American embassy to El Salvador and it was nice to see some US miliary uniforms amidst the Salvadoran force that guards our unit.