Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Thursday, September 5, 2013
|"To honour the youth who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom and democracy"|
|Nat Geo photo, not mine...|
Here are some other random pics from our tour.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
|Starting the hike on a rugged dirt road.|
|Dan is surveying our route. You can see other climbing down the rocks on the right.|
|Tshema checking out the view from the top of the canyon.|
....to this, in only minutes
Then the skies cleared up again and we got to see an incredible sunset, while enjoying wine, cheese, and crackers on the top of a huge boulder.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A fun little Saturday market that just so happens to be right in my neighborhood. The market is filled with food, coffee, and produce vendors, along with some arts and crafts vendors as well. Even though the people complain about it being cold, the weather was gorgeous, especially for being "winter."
|The Hazelwood Market|
|Not cool. Especially when you don't even have a Mexican making your "Mexican" food.|
|Frozen kiwis + a sausage making machine = An incredibly delicious and nutritious snack|
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Dr. Vijaya Srinivas, one of the physicians at PHRII, has been planning this training for many months. From developing the training manual, securing a clinical site, to recruiting physicians to be trained and patients to be seen, it has been a busy couple of months. All that planning paid off, as everything went without any problems!
Day 1 consisted of a presentation at PHRII by PINCC’s Dr. Rhoda. She presented a basic overview of the epidemiology of cervical cancer, as well as the screening and treatment methods being utilized during the training.
The presentation was open to the public and there were a few big names from Mysore in the audience, like the head of Mysore Medical College seen here.
Dr. Anjali Arun also made an appearance.
After the presentation there was some good dialogue about the state of cervical cancer in clinics throughout Mysore.
Day 2 was spent organizing the staff and setting up the clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital, one of the newest hospitals in Mysore. Day 3, 4, and 5 were spent seeing patients and conducting the training.
The process was pretty complex. We had previously recruited patients from all over Mysore city, including Ekalavyanagar, the slum community we sponsored in 2008. We had to get all of these women to the clinic, so all three drivers were kept very busy shuttling patients to and from the clinic. Second, the patients had to be registered and then given a detailed explanation about the screening and examination procedures.
Next, the patients met with a counselor to fill out a basic clinical information sheet and to provide consent to participate in the program.
Finally, the patients were able to see the clinicians. Any women who did not meet the criteria to have the visual inspection done received a PAP, which was sent out to the pathology department at Vikram Hospital. Most women were found to have a healthy cervix. For the women with pre-cancerous lesions, the team was able to provide same-day treatment and obtain a biopsy for further testing. The team also identified other gynecological problems, including a few prolapsed uteruses.
Here's a pic of Dr. Vijaya and her new headlamp!
Women were typically nervous in the beginning, as this was the first pelvic exam for most of them! However, when the patients came out of the exam room with smiles on their faces, all the other patients were able to relax. The women were also able to comfort each other in groups before and after seeing the clinicians. Here are some satisfied patients who have already seen the clinicians.
All in all, the program was a great success! In 2.5 clinic days, we screened 139 women. This included 43 PAP smears, 15 biopsies, and 2 LEEP procedures (same-day treatment for pre-cancerous lesions).
We have plans to do another PINCC training in early December. There was also interest in starting a community referral network for cervical cancer screening amongst clinics and physicians in Mysore. Exciting news!
Everyone who has visited has said the same thing to me: The overnight bus ride really sucks, but it’s totally worth it.
While it may not be as old as some of the other temples, it does have a resident temple elephant!
After dropping a Ruppee in her trunk, she hands it to her trainer, then blesses you on the head with her trunk. She’s very well-trained!
Walking about 10 minutes East of the city center,you come across a large Krishna temple and a 30-foot monolithic Ganesha, my favorite Hindu god.
We spent one afternoon walking along the riverbank to one of the oldest temples in India, Virupaksha. There are many old ruins that are scattered among the massive boulders that define the hillsides here. Here’s a small temple structure with a long staircase.
One of the most famous structures in Hampi, the Stone Chariot, is located inside the walls of the Virupaksha temple (built in the 7th Century!)
There is also a nice bath area just down the road.
The view from the top of Hemakuta Hill was amazing. Didn’t quite make it for sunrise like I had wanted, but it was probably for the better anyway, since the trail may have been a bit tricky to navigate in the dark, with sandals. The day view was still pretty good…..
A structure at the royal palace grounds called Lotus Mahal. Great architecture!
Twelve stables for the Queen’s royal elephants.
We came across some guys who were carving various structures out of stone and selling them on the street. I don’t usually buy these things, as they seem too manufactured, but it was really fun watching the guys make the structures out of plain stone. After some haggling, I decided to buy a stone Ganesh. I was in a hurry to get some pictures of them, so I shoved the newspaper-wrapped Ganesh into my pocket and grabbed my camera. As I started to walk away, the Ganesh fell out of my pocket and onto the pavement. Whoooops. I opened it up and saw that the stone was pretty banged up on the part that hit the ground. Fortunately the guys were nice enough to smooth out all the chips and dents, but they didn’t think it was too funny. They wrapped it up in approximately 10 full newspapers and then handed it to Neesha to put into her purse. My bad, but at least I have a story….