Medical Journal of Doctor Janette Harrison- April 23, 201-
Fifth day of relative peace and quiet while her in Ethiopia. Apparently this little experiment of mine won’t be as bad as what I thought it was going to be. The locals are relatively peaceful and have been very welcoming. The heads of the Doctors Abroad program had covered covered all the possible scenarios that I could come across before they sent me here. So far, the best case has been the norm instead of the exception.
There has been one odd case that came into the tent today though. I have to do some research to see if this is normal for people in this area. I had a young girl, about early twenties, come in today. She had a slight cough, which wasn’t the odd thing. She had a skin infection of the sort that I had not seen in years. It was not like most cases of eczema that I had seen over here in the United States. It was more like actual scales that were laid on top of this young girl’s skin. I had asked her when this had happened. Unfortunately the translator that was assigned to our section was off on some personal errand. The best that I could put together was that something had bit her at some point an this is when everything began.
I gave her some antibiotic cream that may help. With the climate in this area being what it is, I am not sure if it will have much of a difference. When the translator comes back tomorrow, I’ll try to find out more information on what exactly had happened to cause this sort of an odd infection.
I almost forgot. I withdrew a sample of blood to begin some tests tomorrow. Maybe there is some sort of new infection being transferred by mites that I’ll be able to discover. But that’s just young, idealist doctor speak for making my time in Africa worth something. We will see what tomorrow holds.