Missing a hole…

You may not be aware of some of the strange pathology that exists in the world.  For instance, who would of thought that babies can be born without an anus?  Well unfortunately, “imperforate anus” is a not-so-uncommon diagnosis, and we see more than our fair share of these children, mainly because we can care for them—word gets out in Honduras when you are able to offer specialty care for certain conditions (if I had a Lempira for every enlarged prostate I’ve cared for…). Continue reading

Donny V

There’s a couple patients that stand out to me lately.  I’ve been meaning to write about Donny V for awhile.

Donny V is a friendly gentleman who came to us with a severe foot and lower leg infection.  He had Osteomyelitis, which means the infection actually extended into the bone.  It didn’t take Dr. Jeff long to determine he needed an amputation. Continue reading

Fecal-Oral…

So I was just thinking the other day that it’s been way too long since I wrote in my medical missionary blog about poo.  My colleague, Dave, tells me you can never really publish too much content on human feces.  I think most traditional missionary blogs try to broach this topic at least once a quarter, as it pertains to life living abroad, medicine, and the sharing of our faith.  And what better way to incorporate this topic than a public service announcement.  Therefore, I bring you ‘Fecal-Oral’:

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Rocky Mountain Oysters…

As the commotion erupted from the emergency entrance of the hospital, I made my way over to the ER to see what we were getting.  The middle aged gentleman was obviously in a lot of pain, writhing on the stretcher.  He kept saying the same thing over and over, and it was actually in broken English.  “I god a pain een my stomag!”  His family members quickly filled us in on the details of his encounter:  Man versus Bull. Continue reading

Torn apart by wild dogs…

Torn apart by wild dogs…

Almost torn apart.  The attack was thwarted, the carnage averted.  No thanks to me, however.

It all started when Dr. Rick and Dr. Dan came to visit us.  It was late last month, when we were extremely short-handed at the hospital.  We were incredibly grateful that these two family docs came down to help us out for 10 days.  Both active duty in the Army, these guys knew their stuff and they came to work hard.   Continue reading

Too young to die…

I have a new favorite patient, her name is ‘Breiny,’ which is pronounced like ‘Brainy,’ which makes me think of the smurfs.  I’m really not proud to admit that my Saturday mornings as a child involved big-ol’ doses of Papa Smurf and Smurfette.  I mean, we watched some cool cartoons too, like ‘Dungeons and Dragons,’ and ‘Spiderman and his Amazing Friends,’ but I’m not gonna lie, I think I watched smurfs deep into grade school, and I may have been flirting with Junior High.  Total loss of man points…

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