Two repeat volunteers in our group, Cathy and Maureen, are nurses. Each year they take over a classroom and see all of the students, grade by grade. It's a great opportunity to give reminders about proper hand washing technique as well as to diagnose and treat common issues like ringworm. They also teach the older students how to do basic wound care.
By the way, if you ever visit Maasai Mara and see kids with white salve on their heads, it might best not to do the traditional head pat greeting. You probably won't catch ringworm but why risk it?
Later on Wednesday I made a trip out to the fields with my buddy Steven. At one point, several students surrounded a young boy who was crying. It was the first time I had seen any of the children cry since arriving Monday. The five year old had been hit hard in the head by an errant soccer ball and a lump was developing. I suggested that we take him to see Cathy and Maureen in the clinic for a little attention and TLC. Steven translated and let me know that the boy (whose name I didn't catch) was his half brother, the "son of my auntie and baba."
We got the little guy to the clinic and Cathy took over. The boy kept crying and I sat behind him to try to comfort him, patting his back. Then Steven said "he's crying because he's scared of you." Steven found this hilarious but I was horrified.
Cathy gave the boy some children's Advil and as far as I know, that was that. Nothing else to be done. How would you treat a concussion here, even if you had the tools to diagnose it?
I didn't get to spend much time with my favorite older girls, Esther and Sylvia. We said hellos and I took a few photos while they waited for their own turns at the clinic.
I spent some time in another classroom with fellow volunteer Caroline who taught a series of art classes to the children. She had each of them decorate a stick which will become a collaborative sculpture to hang in the classroom. How cool is that?