We have figured out more efficient, less chaotic management. Sadly, the stories and situations, frustrations and lack of resource have become our “normal”. I hate this because we have no choice but to work within this parameter. And we accept it. I don’t want this to be the “normal”. We should never accept this . . . and yet here we are.
There is a beautiful one year old with asthma that has been treated twice at our clinic. It was discovered yesterday that beneath his layers of clothes he has a club foot. Dr. Dan asked me what we can do. He needs surgery before he starts walking, if he will walk. I am making a referral and I can almost guarantee nothing will happen. I doubt he will get the necessary surgery. This will impact his entire life. I wonder, home in the USA with our current healthcare system – will we be fighting similar battles?
Another family is here with a developmentally disabled child. The kid is non-verbal, has seizures, wanders away from the family tent. He has not been able to get his seizure medicine and had a grand mal seizure four days ago. This case is a real challenge as living in a tent in this jungle with a child in this condition is dangerous. Dr. Dan did an evaluation. No surprises, neurological damage, but his safety is a huge issue. We are making a referral but ????? And so frustration, inability to obtain a higher level of care. Even simple, no brainer issues are normal.