We have continued to have busy days in clinic! Tuesday and today we saw patients here at the clinic (around 35 between both days). We are seeing mostly digestive complaints, headaches, cough, skin rashes and infections and high blood pressure. Today we saw an 83 year old thin and frail woman who had generalized itching without cause accompanied by significant unintentional weight loss, fever, frequent fainting and generalized pain. Without imaging and further testing, we can’t know for sure what is causing her complaints, though we both know the symptoms paint a pretty dire picture. We gave her what we could with the supplies we have, and she was very grateful.
On Wednesday we did a mobile clinic to some nearby communties to see people with limited mobility and chronic pain. Our first patient was a gentleman with a complicated stage 3 ulcer on his foot. He had pricked his foot with a thorn 2 months ago and it had progressed into an ulcer with adipose (fat) tissue visible. We used acupuncture to increase blood and energy flow to the area and gave him some topical treatments to promote healing and prevent further infection. We treated the other patients in their homes with acupuncture and massage for concerns like arthritis, headaches, and paralysis. It was a huge honour to enter people’s living space and meet them where they were at. Overall it was a very rewarding day!
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