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  • Khamding Village Clinic - Chyangba Village Trek 2013 - Daily Dispatches
    off the day with Frank and Dr Kelly checking and cleaning a child s burn wound He was super adorable so it was sad to hear and see him wail and scream as they pulled off the bandages that were stuck on his skin But his hand will still work and it is getting better After we hiked to Kamding for our third clinic Since I can t speak Nepali or Sherpa my only responsibility is to check the pulses and O2 levels of the patients while the interpreter has to do the real work Even with the language barrier I can tell that people are getting restless and impatient I feel bad for the interpreters who are with me this time it was Phula s wife because they have to deal with all the angry customers while I just sit there utterly clueless If they wanted an easier time they should just let me talk with the angry patients In the end we are too understaffed for the number of patients so tomorrow we will be having another clinic I feel bad for all the people who travelled to Kamding waited for hours and still were not seen by the doctors Hopefully they will come tomorrow though Besides the pizza fried cauliflower and cake I have to highlight three parts of dinner tonight First Wongchu reminded us that accepting drinks from strangers will have severe consequences Then my favorite part was when Andrew and FRANK bickering with each other I am glad that somebody has finally replaced me as the mean older sister Truthfully Andrew loses most of the battles After the constant put downs and Andrew having no comebacks my little brother ended the day with some of his dignity Frank Somebody should check Andrew for a brain

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  • Chyangba Village Clinic - Chyangba Village Trek 2013 - Daily Dispatches
    around here is by taking the cloth handle of a really heavy basket and putting it on their forehead And the weight of the basket goes on their head neck and back This is also how all our porters carried our camp from Jiri to Chyangba And kids back home complain about heavy backpacks including me It s a little sad to me that many of these aches and pains can be alleviated by pain medication and or proper hydration but there s no nearby dispenser of even something as rudimentary as Tylenol or ibuprofen Or sunglasses Clinic is set up in three tents Erin s little desk is outside where she takes names O2 stats and pulses Pasang helps her translate and triage Lisa and I share one tent and Kim Frank and Alda share the larger tent that also has the one bench we use to lie patients down if they have stomach pain The last tent is Andrew drug lord of Chyangba with lo and behold all the drugs There s little to no privacy other than being in the tent which is sometimes funny when patients and translators begin to have cross conversations about who s feeling what since they all know each other and it seems each other s business Each station gets a few chairs and a desk and Kelly runs around like an attending making sure we re taking proper histories and doing good physical exams The tents get really hot when the sun s out so I m not too upset that it s monsoon season and the sun only peaks out during lunchtime Halfway through the day we stopped clinic for a school ceremony during which Wongchu gave all the school children new uniforms I want the jacket We also gave out the school supplies we had brought with us including the awesome soccer balls from Soccer Balls for Kids Unfortunately one was already leaking Everyone seemed happy to get the pens from the elderly to the toddlers who were already sticking them in their mouths like candy It was great to see that a few community members had also donated money to the school especially the old students A few cool things we saw today anoxic encephalopathy trench foot cute kids scoliosis tonsillitis and really bad cataracts Also family members of our Peak Promotion staff I examined the mother of Mingmar our assistant cook who always laughs at us when we tell him his food is SHINBU Which means tasty in Sherpa and Phula s wife and I think someone else had Karma s kids Karma is one of our guides It s really nice to see the family of the people who have been trekking with us for what feels like forever and feeding us and offering to wash our clothes and pulling leeches off of us and teaching us Sherpa Wongchu also was around today directing the boys with nothing better to do with too much energy on

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  • Chyangba Village - Chyangba Village Trek 2013 - Daily Dispatches
    the most medical experience other than Dr Murphy Seeing Frank work was a new sight for me and very interesting Other injuries illnesses included an infected toe chronic pain lice alcoholism warts fungal rashes cavities eye problems one guy might have testicular cancer which is very sad and some others that I cannot remember Hopefully most of the people we saw benefited from the medical students work and that we can provide a good influence for local people to carry on medical services My job during the day was fairly easy compared to everyone else probably because I m a high school student but I bet I can replace Dr Kelly I was basically everyone s errand boy and I fetched all of the medicine that would be given to the patients and put the tablets or elixirs into bottles As a joke I liked to think of myself as the Chyangba pharmacist drug lord but not illegal drugs of course Also throughout the day I was able to learn a lot about medicine and medical terms education Also many people probably already know this but the food is still amazing For breakfast we got omelets and toast which was really good because I put nutella peanut butter and jelly on my toast Then for lunch we had spam flat bread stuff tomatoes lentil soup and all of them were amazingly good As good as the first two meals were dinner and dessert were by far the best meals yet We had steak potatoes vegetables and soup which after all of these days tasted absolutely positively mind numbingly pure awesomeness And then for dessert we had fried bananas and those were actually a first for me and they rocked For all our family and friends back home we are all

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  • Chyangba Village - Chyangba Village Trek 2013 - Daily Dispatches
    homesteads scattered along the hill sides We stopped in Khamding and saw the spot for the new health center to be constructed and for which we hope to train additional community health workers in the coming days We headed up the road and then there it was our Shangra la the village of Chyangba The residents greeted the team with silken scarves for good luck and hot beverages The day was spent talking with the teachers planning out our clinical program as well as the medical education project Sunny skies disappeared in the afternoon was late afternoon clouds quickly rolled in and rain showers once again started again Ah monsoon season in Nepal After setting up camp once again the team spent its free time playing Frisbee with the porters and children in the village Andrew lead the game but also beaned a 2 year old boy an 80 year old man and a 12 year old girl with his errant throws Everyone though laughed and seemed to have a great time tossing the Frisbee in the rain until it was lost over the mountain side For some the highlight of the day though was a warm bucket shower for the first time in more than a week The Peak Promotions team continued its amazing support for the team Ever cheerful they held the team together during the treks through the rain and were quick to address everyone s needs On day 8 the team s biggest concern now is gaining weight as we are eating too well and won t be climbing over any mountains to burn off all the calories Tomorrow Wongchu is supposed to re join us and we plan to give our gifts of school supplies and soccer balls to the village children One has to

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  • Trek to Jhapre - Chyangba Village Trek 2013 - Daily Dispatches
    Chyangba a day earlier than planned The weather however began to clear once we left Pikey Peak Base Camp The brief retreat of the clouds revealed vistas of mountains and bottomless valleys as far as the eye could see For perhaps thirty minutes it really seemed that we were at the top of the world The morning segment of our hike also brought us in close contact with herds of yaks naks and yak cow hybrids Our group wandered right into the middle of a herd of yak hybrids where we saw a local herder milking a nak Kim Jackie and I also attracted the curiosity of a yak calf which got a taste of human flesh by licking our hands The afternoon hike was a bit tougher as the rain returned and the terrain became tougher With the monsoon rains the dirt road we walked on during the final segment to Jhapre became a sea of mud The mud swallowed our boots and made each step treacherously slippery slowing our progress at a time when we all really just wanted to be inside our tents and away from the rain But despite the weather morale in our group has

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  • Trek to Pikey Peak Base Camp - Chyangba Village Trek 2013 - Daily Dispatches
    morning mostly walking around the periphery of the mountain with a little bit of uphill trekking The landscape has changed a lot compared to where we trekked these past few days probably because of the higher elevation There is a lot more green and little streams with buttercups and some pink flowers in the fields This nature landscape reminds me of the Pacific Northwest the rain even adds to the picture Oh rainy Seattle home sweet home Dr Murphy and Phula our main trek guide had intimidated us last night that we would be trekking through some scary unsafe cliffs which will require us to use safety ropes At that time I asked myself what did I sign myself up for Erin was getting butterflies during breakfast too But by the time we knew it we arrived at the Pikey Peak camp base Today was probably the easiest hiking day we have had thus far We were planning on hiking to the highest point of Pikey Peak but unfortunately the weather has been crappy so it has been postponed to tomorrow morning hopefully the weather will be nice tomorrow morning If it is clear at this highest point we will have a fantastic view of all the high peaks of Nepal including Mount Everest According to Phula Pikey Peak 3650m elevation is a famous Buddhist location to collect juniper A few days from today is a Buddhist holiday in which thousands of people will come visit Pikey Peak to collect juniper Due to the bad weather this afternoon this afternoon was spent chillaxing Lazy Wednesday afternoon J Because of the cold temperature we all went into our down sleeping bags and took a nap It was great to just relax and be lazy for once Kim and I got too bored of sleeping and resorted to snacking on Japanese rice crackers green tea chocolates probiotic gummy bears and yogurt covered dried fruits Mmm how we love food Speaking of food as probably mentioned by everyone ahead of me the food cooked by our Sherpa cooks is AMAZING It just keeps getting better and better My favorite part of the day is the hot steamed towel and the warm soup that we get for dinner every night We were spoiled today and got noodle soup even for lunch today I would love to learn to cook some Nepalese food by the end of this trip I don t know why but all the sudden everyone started calling me mom when I tried to be nice and offer to pour Dali traditional Nepalese lentil soup over everyone s rice Andrew called me Lisa kaasan in Japanese and even Dr Murphy called me mom This needs to stop Awkward During this trekking trip I began teaching some simple Japanese phrases to Erin and Andrew Here are some phrases that we ve covered so far you can probably tell what we see and feel everyday while we trek everyday from this list of phrases

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  • Trek to Ngaur - Chyangba Village Trek 2013 - Daily Dispatches
    to us and offer us a hand when the going gets tough We are very well taken care of Friends we feel a bit like royalty on this trekking trip If only you could taste the food The company takes care of our camp and all of our needs so we can focus on enjoying this time and preparing to do our medical work Tonight we talked about maternal health focusing on pregnancy courtesy of Lisa It was a lot of information for us and my vagina hurt as we walked through a birth I ll take this chance to say a heartfelt thank you mom Holy cow What the hell is pregnancy Birth is a miracle and I m glad we re alive Small stories We talk about poop leeches and or farting about every conversation It s pretty much awesome That is all It seems to be a running joke that I ll be the one to take a child or a puppy home with me I ll take this opportunity to dispel all rumors everyone and everything is cute when they re small but for heavens sake no We re at the top of a mountain and we re surrounded by fog on all sides It s like being in a house alone at the top of the world But we re not alone at all To me this group is starting to feel like a family of sorts We give each other a hard time have long and deep conversations and help each other up when someone falls Each person brings something different to the table and we all have something to contribute There are two elderly women who live in this house we ve stopped to camp at One of the women is deaf and

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  • Trek to Namkheli - Chyangba Village Trek 2013 - Daily Dispatches
    mango juice which I saved for when I made it up the mountain great motivation The hike today started off nicely enough Flat plains and downhill until the hiking break before lunch We went over a few bridges with roaring waters underneath The landscape was beautiful Then we started going uphill and the only thing I saw were my feet climbing stones and my hiking poles one of them a makeshift wooden one digging into the slippery mud Every once in a while I felt something on my arm Immediately I reached for the itch ready to squeeze a leech off Diagnosis leech hallucinations Cause leech check at lunch I had lifted up the left leg of my pants to find blood everywhere Wiping all the dried blood off I found two distinct red circle left by the leech Having found the leech that I thought was the culprit I glanced at my bag only to find a big fat leech on the bench leaving behind a trail to my leg Jackie picked it up with a napkin to throw it out the window only to squirt out all the blood from the leech My blood Damn After today let s just say that the group as a whole can t keep up with the leech count anymore If only they were a delicacy and people at them all Mom and Dad don t worry though It doesn t hurt Lunch hot pineapple juice Spam yes beans some yummy vegetable that we didn t know cinnamon bread for the first time Andrew s ranger mile was wonderfully short After a long upward climb we had finally made it to the monastery where we would camp out for the night With shoes and socks off we asked Phula if the room

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