The week started off with a meeting at SOS Children’s Village Mwanza. I am incredibly inspired by the people there, and especially by the passion of one staff member. Since he was young, he has felt a deep-rooted drive to help people. He wants the children, when they look back on their time at SOS, to know that he did everything in his power to make their lives better.
He has asked me to assess the children for not only physical impairments, but also talents. He wants to know what makes each child unique, what sets them apart… what skills do they have that will allow them to survive and thrive in society. I love that thought process, and I look forward to working with SOS over the coming weeks.
Tuesday to Thursday, I was back in the clinics. I saw one more patient than last week for a total of 73. From the total number of patients, still 60% were female. However, the age distribution has started to become more polarized with most patients either older than 40 or younger than 5. Mechanical back pain, cerebral palsy, and osteoarthritis remain the most common conditions.
A few new conditions I haven’t seen before in the clinic include polydactyly (photo below) and congenital dislocation of the knee at birth (type 1) — think extreme hyper-mobility of the knee.
I am so grateful for all the nice people in Mwanza. I was connected with a gentleman who owns a gym in town, and have been able to go the gym a few days through the week, which has made a big difference to my mood throughout the day.
I was also invited to my first henna party, which involved incredible people, food, decorations, and dancing!
Also, the breakfast at my accommodations now includes pancakes/crepes! They are so delicious!