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Return to Baseline

Three months of lecture, review and physical practice and my three young students are looking at me with the blank stares of incomprehension. I’m temporarily at a loss for words. What went wrong?

As part of our long term goals in Nepal, it is our aspiration to train several Nepali born practitioners to serve in our clinics. We have partnered with a small school in Kathmandu, Rural Health Education and Service Center (RHESC) which has similar goals. This Japanese sponsored project began in the early 1980’s as a rural hospital but now finds that their facilities are landlocked within the crowded sprawl of the Kathmandu Valley. RHESC has been using acupuncture in conjunction with their rural hospital for over 30 years and now as part of their sustainability efforts, they have opened a small school. Their program has been accredited by the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) but they are hoping to expand to a full baccalaureate degree in the future. As an advisor to their Board of Directors, I have been been assisting with the development of RHESC’s curriculum, serving as a guest instructor, and we host many of their students at our clinics. This partnership with RHESC is a key that we have been looking for since we began in 2008… a pathway to legitimate licensure for our trainees.

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Today, I am very happy.

After clinic one day I had the opportunity to experience a wonderful delve into the down country culture of the local folks I've befriended over the last couple weeks. Gunaraj, one of our interpreters, invited me to his house in the village just north of town, and so I joined him on his walk home, along with his cousin Sita who is also our receptionist, and our clinic manager Ritesh. 

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My Bone Problem

Today I fitted my elderly patient with her (hopefully) semi-permanent shoulder cast. This woman came into the clinic a few weeks ago. I remember treating her knee pain and when the visit was finished, she said, “What about my bone problem?” and pointed at her shoulder. 

This is a classic pattern at our clinic. Right as patients are leaving, they add on a few extra problems and ask for medicine for it. I have to tell them to talk to me about it next time they come in. So, I told this patient to bring her x-rays and we would treat it next time. I assumed it was just arthritis in the shoulder. WRONG. 

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Worth it

Having lived my whole life in a developed country, with most of my needs magically looked after for me, it was a cultural shock to see the many inadequacies the Nepalese people experience. From the pollution in the air to the chaotic traffic conditions everywhere; from toddlers roaming the roads unsupervised to stray dogs scouring the streets searching for food; it seems there is little regulation among the people yet somehow, they find a way.

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