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  • What a day!Deb and I spent our last day in Dakar cramming in as much as we could. After breakfast we went out for a walk along the coastal road. Again we were reminded of the close proximity of the haves verses Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Feb 8, 2020
  • Final day!4 weeks can go so fast but we did a lot of surgery and had a lot of fun in that time! My last 3 days were in the thyroid theatre removing thyroids that are much bigger than anything you Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Feb 7, 2020
  • Hump day So the day started with a certificate presentation to Dr Glenn Strauss, for impressing me with his ability to remove a whole cataract while still encapsulated through a 3.5 mm incision ! Very Impressive , he thought a tee shirt Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Feb 5, 2020
  • Tuesday week 4.Today Deb and I got to work together in the eye room. Poor Dr Glenn Strauss! He barely had time to sit before the next patient was ready to go. Glenn was super quick with his surgeries too. Deb was Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Feb 4, 2020
  • Week 4 day 1.Today our theatre did some slightly different surgery than what we had done in the previous weeks. We started with a cleft palate repair on a ten year old. This patient has had 4 previous surgeries in local hospitals to Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Feb 3, 2020
  • End of week 3.It has been a busy week! Yesterday we operated on a patient that had previous surgery for a noma repair. He still had no lips on the right side of his mouth and was missing some skin around his nose. Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Feb 1, 2020
  • Noma repair, stage 1Todays patient was a young 22 year old woman who had developed and survived Noma. We are unsure of what age she developed the disease as the answer ranged between 1-8 years old. The surgeons were telling us that she Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 30, 2020
  • Almost finished week 3This week has been long after working until 3am Tuesday morning, the challenge of keeping up with 2 surgeons in an operation that had already been going for 6.5 hours before I scrubbed in after working my normal day was Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 30, 2020
  • One long one short.Today in my theatre we did 2 follow up surgeries. The first took roughly 5 hours and was a boy who had been born with a nasal and hard palate defect. In September he had surgery to repair his palate Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 29, 2020
  • A long day.Yesterday you may have noticed that neither Deb of myself blogged anything. We were a little busy but i will come to that. Both of us started our day on Monday in the eye room. Deb was doing a mixture Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 28, 2020
  • Australia Day. I hope you all had a great Australia Day. We joined with about 50 other people, mostly Aussies but a few extras, on a local beach. It was one of those car trips where you think, surely the driver has Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 26, 2020
  • Goree Island Deb and I travelled to Goree Island by ferry today with 2 other Mercyships friends. We got got up really early to walk the streets before the hawkers and many tourists come. A cruise ship was docked near us so Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 25, 2020
  • 2 weeks of craniofacial surgery done.The last 2 weeks have been amazing and will be hard to top. The last case today was a child that had a very broad nose with no bone underneath. He also had incomplete eyelids. We took a bone graft Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 24, 2020
  • Week 2 almost done.Only 1 more day of craniofacial surgery to go. Yesterday we did 1 last encephalocele repair that also went really well. The ICU team have done a great job of caring for these complex patients post operatively. Most of Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 23, 2020
  • Almost the end of week 2Well almost halfway through our time on the ship, we have now completed as of tomorrow 14 children with cataracts, mostly bilateral. Thankfully we have had good results with sight which warms my heart as these children are so young and Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 23, 2020
  • New and interesting case today. We took a break from encephaloceles today and did something a little different. Our patient had received surgery the lower left side of his face at a local hospital. They had used a flap to repair the skin, but but Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 21, 2020
  • Starting week 2So week two has kicked off, had two removal of bilateral cataracts , one was also a vitrectomy which entails removing small portions of the vitreous humor from the front structures of the eye—often because these are tangled in an Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 20, 2020
  • End of week oneWell that was week one! I have settled into ship life , new friends have been made, they come and go weekly. It is a wonderful community, people are friendly and interested were you come from and what you do. I Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 19, 2020
  • Restful weekend.Deb and I wete on call for emergency surgery this weekend and fortunately we were not required. We were required to stay on the ship/dock area just in case, so we had a great chance to recharge the batteries ready Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 19, 2020
  • Friday!Once again we operated on a small child with an encephalocele. This was the most challenging one yet and involved a lot of discussion from our 5 different surgeons throughout the operation. After about 8 hours of operating the Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 17, 2020
  • Sight ceremony So this morning I got to see and experience the joy of a sight ceremony. We arrived at the eye tent down on the dock around 8.30 to find our patients from yesterday sitting and waiting their turn to enter the Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 17, 2020
  • Day 3 faciocranial. Today we did 2 shorter operations. The first was a dermoid cyst from the back of a one year olds head. Its was a decent size considering the age of the child and would continue to grow if not surgically Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 16, 2020
  • Cataract Surgery continuesThe surgeons and all staff have been working tirelessly to preform as many surgeries a day as possible. Due to patients traveling great distances,lists tend to be broken and shorten as patients are not available or still in transit . The Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 16, 2020
  • Day 2.Another day of amazing surgery. Today was a 5 year old boy who had previously had surgery to correct his encephalocele but there was still a hole in skull big enough to accommodate a third eye. Once again the surgeons Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 15, 2020
  • First day in faciocranial surgery.Well what a case to start my first day of operating. Our patient was a 5 year old girl with a fronto-orbito-ethmoidal encephalocele which we repaired by an intracranial craniofacial repair. So what does all that mean? While she Posted by DebandJen in Deb, Jen and Kel. | Jan 14, 2020
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