This is Béré

Staci Davenport

Life at a rural mission hospital

Argent

17 July 2020 "Doctor, on a reçu un enfant à la pediatrie. Elle a avalé l'argent." We have received a child at pediatrics. She swallowed a coin an hour ago. The x-ray confirmed the story. A large, circular, radio-opaque object--consistent with the 25 f...

Again

30 May 2020 So familiar. So unwelcome. Not again! Maybe this time we can fix this. Maybe this time will be different. We sat relaxing in the potluck pavilion, 1.5-year old Adelaide bringing mangoes to each of us at the table, then enthusiastically r...

Sue

8 April 2020 I stared at the laptop screen, running through a chest x-ray mnemonic in my mind, trying to decide if there was anything worthwhile that I could find on this film, and trying to guess why it had been ordered. I'm supposed to give a lectur...

Renversé

26 March 2020 Upside down. Also, stunned, knocked down, bowled over. This just seems like a great word for this month. The world has been stunned, turned upside down, bowled over. Even the babies are coming out upside down lately. One of our student ...

Chute

12 February 2020 What's the ICD-10 code for fall from mango tree? I guess it would have to be W14.XXXA. Fall from tree, initial encounter. But the lack of a specific code to blame the fall on a mango tree only reflects the lack of mango trees in the U...

Dark

5 February 2020 For the past several days our hospital compound has oscillated between light and dark, between the gentle distant hum of a diesel motor and silence, between running water and dry faucets. After months of relying on two large generators...

Chomped

17 January 2020 "Baby shark, doo doo do do do doo..." One of the many songs that comes in handy when stuck in the car too long and the 1.5-2-year old is getting restless (at least, this worked great with my niece last time I was in the US). Also one o...

Chicken

10 December 2019 The mother lounged on the thin, vinyl-covered mattress covering the wooden platform--a bed in the pediatrics ward. Her 4-year old lying beside her appeared fatigued and ambivalent. The nursing student presented the case, reading the c...

Mud

8 September 2019 The surgery nurse, Emmanuel, and I walked into the pediatric surgery ward. Ok, that gives you the wrong picture. Emmanuel and I pulled the curtain back from a doorway and ducked into a small room--a room not really built to be a patie...

Slow

7 September 2019 So this is slow season--the time of year when patients can't make it to the hospital because the roads are full of ponds or covered by rivers. They don't have time for traveling to the hospital anyway because they're busy working the ...