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Alex’s update from China – August 12

I woke up early and rounded with Dr. Martin and the nurse.  I spent most of the day just playing with the kids, especially three boys in the “Nemo room”.  They divide the larger rooms for the kids by theme.  Two of the little boys had unrepaired bladder exstrophies.  Despite their condition, they were rambunctious little kids.  During the afternoon, I accompanied Dr. Martin and the nurse, Erma, to Beijing United Family Hospital to take two girls for some checkups.  One had hip surgery and was in a really cumbersome cast.  The other little girl needed some prescriptions for her heart medications.  It was funny because we had to wait quite a while for the prescription, so I ran to the store and bought a baguette.  When I came back, she grabbed the bread and devoured the rest of it.  She has quite the appetite.  Every time I’ve seen her she’s wanted some sort of food from me.  Maybe it’s because she seems to catch me when I’m snacking!  In the evening, I watched Forest Gump with one of the long-term volunteers, Shannon.  I had actually never seen the whole movie.  Now that I’ve seen the end, it’s one of my new favorite movies!

August 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm 1 comment

Alex’s update from China – August 11

Tao and Alex

What a packed day!  In the morning, I went to rounds again and I was asked to present the research project on the spot.  Around 1:30 pm, I went to the Chun Miao school to meet with Zhang Wen Tao, an 11 year old boy we have sponsored.  It was neat to see that he was happy.  He liked the Ohio State hat I gave to him.  The communication was a bit challenging, but we managed, thanks to “Google translate”.  I left the school happy to see that he was emotionally doing well.  I think the goal is to better support his Scoliosis and other medical issues.  From there, I went about 40 minutes to Shun Yi, the village area where Hope Foster Home is located.  I was immediately greeted by Dr. Steve Martin (who happens to look a little like the actor, Christian Bale) and his father.  Right after stepping through the door way, I was whisked upstairs to see a procedure for a child with club feet.  Dr. Martin used local anesthetic and cut a small portion of the Achilles tendon to allow dorsal (upward) rotation of the foot.  The baby’s feet were then placed in casts to try and influence the area to heal in a more normal way. This procedure, I learned, is known as the Ponseti Method and it is used to correct the foot so that the child can hopefully walk.  Along with this, the child had a condition known as Arthrogryposis, which causes problems with the joints, making the affected limbs unusable.  

The family of the doctor is quite large, six kids and all of them are full of energy!  Along with the doctor’s family, I’ve already met some really great people.  There is a father who is with his two sons on a humanitarian trip where they are visiting 12 nations and doing humanitarian work for one month.  It was amazing to hear that the idea actually came from the 13 year old son.  He believed that he wasn’t making enough of his time with the normal school and American life, so he influenced his dad and brother to start a globetrotting journey to make a difference in the world. 

Here are some websites everyone should check out:   This is a great group of talented physicians that provide, free of charge, care and operations for Chinese orphans with urology, tumors, orthopedic, and other medical needs.  They also put on concerts to raise money, since most of the physicians are also classically trained musicians!

August 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm 1 comment

Alex’s update from China – August 9 & 10

August 9

I went on rounds in the morning and then followed Dr. Yang Ming (Pediatrician) for the rest of the morning.  I got to see another C-section.  In the afternoon, I joined Dr. Jernejcic and another doctor on a visit to the U.S. Embassy.  It was really neat to see such a building.  The security made me feel like I was in a movie.

August 10

At 10:00 a.m., I met with Dr. Afnan to edit and finalize the abstract that will be submitted for presentation at an OB/GYN conference in Thailand.   During the afternoon, I spent time with Dr. Pasanante in the ER.  I learned that if a kid overdoses on Tylenol, you give them charcoal to absorb the harmful chemicals and prevent liver damage.

August 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm 1 comment

Alex’s update from China – August 8

I worked on writing a rough draft abstract for the Chlamydia study for Dr. Afnan.  Once I finished that, I joined Dr. Yang Ming in pediatrics.  I got to see my first C-section!  Actually, it was my first delivery ever.   I always love seeing any kind of surgery.   It surprised me how big of an incision they have to make, but maybe it was because of the baby’s breach position.  The whole process was really neat, however, I prefer the babies after they are cleaned up!

August 9, 2011 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

Alex’s Update from China – August 7

I went with Dr. Jernejcic and his daughter, Emily, to Tiananmen Square to visit Mao’s tomb.  The line was huge, but we got through it fairly quickly.  For some reason they required either a national identification card or a passport. The chamber had a somewhat large “Lincoln-esque” statue of Mao Zedong sitting cross-legged. Many people who visited brought flowers and laid them at the base. Nobody could take pictures and we were hurried through the actual chamber with his body. Apparently, there’s some speculation and controversy as to whether or not that is his real body because at the time of his death, the embalmers did not do a good job with the embalming process, so some have said that the body lying in the double-encased glass chamber may just be a wax figure. Afterwards, we had dinner at a restaurant called “Let’s Burger”, which was very western and had some pretty darn good burgers and fries. Remarkably, a lot of people were ordering the “Jumbo Lobster Burger”, which was like 268 RMB or around $40. We sat at the bar and got to see a handful of lobsters get butchered and prepared for the grill. I felt kind of bad for the lobsters for how brutal it seemed- that’s probably why I ordered the vegetarian mushroom burger. Still really good!

August 9, 2011 at 2:34 am Leave a comment

Alex’s update from China August 3, 4, & 5

Alex and Dr. Jernejcic

August 3

In the early afternoon, I met with Dr. Afnan, chair of the OB/GYN department, to discuss the goals and specifics of a clinical project I was asked to help with.   The project is a retrospective review of pregnant women screened for Chlamydia in the OB/GYN department.  The overall goal of the project is to determine the cost versus benefit of administering screening tests with the cost of having to treat infants infected with Chlamydia from their mother.

 August 4

I worked on background research, and familiarizing myself with the literature on Chlamydia, treatment, and screening protocols in theUK, US, andChina.

August 5

I compiled the information and calculated prevalence rates, cost, and other important figures from the data we had on those who were screened for Chlamydia at the hospital.  Aside from the research, I saw for the first time, a man in the ICU who was there because his bowels had perforated and leaked stool into his abdomen causing severe infection.

August 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm 1 comment

Alex’s update from China – August 1 & 2

August 1

In the morning, I was introduced to Dr. Sun Fei, chair of Pathology and Laboratory.  I am working on a clinical project with her and Dr. Afnan of OB/GYN.   Later in the afternoon, I met a couple who were waiting for their recently adopted son to become stable for their flight back to Canada.  Their experience was similar to our experience when we adopted my younger brother and ended up at the hospital in Zhengzhou.  After gaining custody of their new son, they had to take him to the hospital as he immediately became sick because of his underlying cardiac issues.  Fortunately, he is gaining weight and will hopefully be stable enough for the flight home where he will have his heart repaired.

August 2

Today I met with Maggie, one of the hospital workers who coordinates with many of the orphanages and foundations to bring orphans for medical care.  I presented her and several other workers and volunteers with a rough outline of a possible informal course for caretakers and nurses.  In the late afternoon, I accompanied Dr. Jernejcic and the IT head to Peking University Hospital.

August 4, 2011 at 12:17 am 1 comment

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