Quy Khon: day 11

I started my last day in Quy Khon at 5 am with a walk along the beach. People were up enjoying the cool breeze with volleyball and badminton.

Our last day in the operating room was filled with simpler same-day reconstructive procedures like nose revisions to fix the flattening that is common with cleft lip and palate patients. Patients with skin grafts and pins in contracted fingers repaired earlier in the trip returned for dressing changes.

The babies from the pediatric ward came down to say goodbye.

I am also team physician so I have had some patients from the team. With the heat index at 108 again today, drinking is important. I bring powdered lemonade mix to brighten up all the bottled water. Hand washing and careful eating (cook it, peel it, or forget it) are mandatory to stay healthy and work.

Tonight we have dinner with the hospital staff who have helped us the last two weeks before we take the midnight train back to Da Nang for the short flight back to Hong Kong and then the long trip back to San Francisco.




About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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