Medical Internship Gambia

In the second year of my nursing studies at University of Applied Science in Rotterdam, I did a four-month internship at the Lamin Health Center in Gambia (April - August 2017). Through this blog I gave a weekly update. The blogs are automatically translated to English (by computer), so the grammar might not be correct.

W.16 The End!

W.16 The End!

Last week had a wonderful week of vacation with my sister. Very nice to show everything, to introduce friends and to hang out with the tourist. Monkeypark, Crocodile pool, Serrekunda market, PocoLoco Beach, Lamin Lodge, Bible study, Tanji fish market, ...

W.15 Welcome to The Gambia

W.15 Welcome to The Gambia

Monday after a short night and a day of school assignments, I lie on my bed at 4 pm. When I wake up 2 hours later, I see 5 missed calls because I was going to go to my little namesake baby Daphne with a friend at 4:30 PM. (I notice that I am already nice ...

W.14 Dophna!

W.14 Dophna!

Despite the earlier postponement, it is really that Monday. Unfortunately Laila has to return to the Netherlands. After my day shift from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in the clinic and a quiet afternoon, it is time to go to the airport at 9:00 pm. As a surprise, the ...

W.13 Yeah why not?!

W.13 Yeah why not ?!

Monday morning, 11:30 AM. I wake up dazed. What, is it so late already ?! Have a quick breakfast and start my school assignments! An 'urgent' visit to the supermarket (read: avoidance of study behavior), after which I have new energy to complete my assignments ...

W.12 Betrapt!

W.12 Caught!

AAAH STOP IT!! Curious, I sneak into the dressing room on Monday to see where the loud yelling is coming from. A twelve-year-old boy with a bloodied knee lies on the treatment table. He has a deep cut that my colleague is stitching. On the...

W.11 Let it rain

W.11 Let it rain

How enjoy the Gambian life. You are not anonymous here but you are part of the community. As soon as you walk down the street, people shout your name, ask what it's like, walk with you and make jokes. Everyone is always outside, because what should you ...

W.10 Don’t worry, be happy!

W.10 Don't worry, be happy!

When the shift starts Monday morning, there's no one to run the consulting room, so I'll take that job. Sometimes it's a bit difficult that the patients don't speak English, but with my meager Mandinka vocabulary, in combination with a lot of hand gestures, we come up with a very...

W.9 Time flies!

W.9 Time flies!

Monday morning I start my shift tending the wounds of the 8-year-old girl who has burned all over her buttocks and legs. Terrible to see her in so much pain and unable to lie down without mistaking her wounds. Tuesday...

W.8 Vakantie in ‘eigen’ land

W.8 Holiday in 'own' country

Daddy and Caleb arrived last Saturday (June 3), so this week I have a wonderful week of vacation! Sunday is early morning again, at 9:00 the church service starts where the three of us go. After the service we go with the local transport (overcrowded ...

W.7 Surprise!

W.7 Surprise!

Ramadan started last week and it shows! It's a lot quieter on the street, no music, no ataya, everyone is lazy and exhausted. To increase the feeling of togetherness and to experience what it is like to fast, we decided to join us on Wednesday...

W.6 Busy, busy, busy!

W.6 Busy, busy, busy!

It is already late in the morning on Monday, when my alarm clock wakes me up after a busy weekend. I take a look at my phone and see to my great joy that my brother (Caleb) passed his driver's license in 1 go! I am really so proud of him! It...

W.5 Sharing is caring!

W.5 Sharing is caring!

WOW time flies so fast! I've been in the beautiful Gambia for a month and it's so much fun here! When I'm in the kitchen on Monday evening after a nice day of internship, I hear an icy scream from Laila's room. The mesh has fallen out of the 'window', causing the...

W.3 Let’s dance!

W.3 Let's dance!

During the night shift you run the entire clinic together with 1 Senior Nurse (reception, consultation, laboratory, pharmacy, hall). At around 10pm, a woman is brought in, vomiting and almost unable to stand. She is 2 months pregnant, but due to...

W.2 No problem in The Gambia

W.2 No problem in The Gambia

Last Sunday we were invited to have a nice Gambian meal with our group of friends. Two large bowls of rice, with strange colorful elements that I'd rather not know what it is. Luckily it was surprisingly tasty! After I...

W.1 Een warm bad

W.1 A warm bath

Monday April 17, my first day in The Gambia, I get a tour of the Lamin Health Center. It is very quiet in the clinic because it is Easter Monday. Then I get from Beredien and Hilde (2 nursing students who have been doing an internship here for 2 months) a ...

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

Sunday afternoon, April 16, 2017, 3.30 pm. Finally time to get in the car, on the way to Brussels Airport! After a nice dinner with my parents, brother and sister, we walk towards the hand luggage check-in. For this you first have to go through the gates where you can only ...

Just one week to go…

Just one week to go…

Just one week before the adventure really starts! After my ticket has been changed 3 times, I will eventually leave for beautiful Gambia on Sunday April 16. At 20:30 the plane leaves from Brussels to Casablanca. After a few hours in Morocco, ...

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