Kakumbi Clinic – my final days

Yesterday, as I drove to the clinic, I saw a man at the roadside, flagging me down. Normally, I wouldn’t stop (the medical association discourages picking up hitchhikers), but this man was in uniform. And he was carrying a very large rifle. I pulled over and he got into the cabin. We greeted each other… Continue reading Kakumbi Clinic – my final days

Mankayane

It’s New Year’s Day and I decided to go out with the team to visit patients with drug resistant tuberculosis in the Mankayane area. I knew it was going to be an early start, so I went to bed early but the fireworks at the stroke of midnight woke me up. The driver arrived at… Continue reading Mankayane

NaHSAR at Pigg’s Peak Hotel & Casino

We were scheduled to leave after the project meeting on Friday morning, but I had a patient with HONK. That’s the abbreviation for HyperOsmolarNonKetoacidotic coma. A type 2 diabetic lady had inexplicably stopped taking her medication. She was as dry as a crisp and sweeter than honey. Once I was happy she was on the… Continue reading NaHSAR at Pigg’s Peak Hotel & Casino

Outreach

The photographs accompanying this post are on my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/ian.cross.969 The weather on Saturday morning in the Kingdom of Swaziland was as bad as it ever gets. Mist and fine, drizzling rain, aptly described by my mother as “mizzling”. Like Scotland in summer, where it is termed “dreich”. I didn’t find it particularly… Continue reading Outreach

Clinic Highlights

Today… I saw a patient whose name was Serious. I asked him why his parents gave him this name, but he said he had never asked them. Very strange. I would definitely have wanted to know. Fortunately, he had nothing serious wrong with him. We have had a few cases of mumps recently. I found… Continue reading Clinic Highlights

General Practice, but not as you’d know it

A day in the life of Matsapha Comprehensive Health Care Clinic. The day didn’t start well. The King’s motorcade drove through Manzini at 7am, the start of rush hour, causing traffic chaos. We were late being picked up by the driver, and it took longer than usual to get to the clinic. The last patient… Continue reading General Practice, but not as you’d know it

Field Trip to the National Tuberculosis Hospital

After two days in “school”, I desperately needed to get out of the classroom. The final straw was being told off for answering a question without putting up my hand. I was looking forward to the field trip to the National Tuberculosis Hospital at Moneni. We were split into four groups so we could interview… Continue reading Field Trip to the National Tuberculosis Hospital

Back in the saddle

I like a challenge. Life is more fun when there are new skills to learn and master. My role in Matsapha Clinic is a bit like being a GP. Half the work relates to people suffering from HIV and tuberculosis, the rest is like general practice, but hyped up on steroids. I see more serious… Continue reading Back in the saddle