Friday, August 31, 2007

All the way from the Marshall Islands

Here I am all the way in the Marshall Islands. I am actually on an Army base out here called Kwaljalein and staying at a BOQ. I didn't even know we had a base out here! This is the place they do a lot of missile testing as part of the Reagan Ballistic Missile Program. Here is a picture of sunrise here:
We have been extremely busy here. We flew in here on another C40 and we have done 5 medcaps since we have been here. My first madcap we took a small boat out to a remote Island where only 30 people live. Needless to say, we were likely the most exciting thing coming to the Island for the day, if not the month so everyone on the Island showed up. They were very appreciative of our service and sang to us at the end.


I saw some really interesting cases here on Ebeye Island. Here is a picture of a man’s hands with nodules all over them. This is Gout with tophi nodules which are extremely painful. I have never seen a case this bad before. I referred him off the island to see a rheumatologist.




This woman had a strange growth on her nose that was getting progressively worse over the past 5 years. We had no clue what it could be. I thought maybe Leprosy or a bad case of rosacea, but neither fit very well. I’ll show it to our Dermatologist when I get back to the ship.


The kids here are like the kids everywhere else; friendly, curious, and always smiling.

Well we are wrapping up our medical missions altogether. We have 2 more to do and then we are all done with medcaps. I will be able to help out with a few surgeries back on the ship. Once
back on the ship, we will have about a week or so before we pull back into Hawaii. I'll be flying home from Hawaii after a being away for 3.5 months. This trip has been a blast and thanks for everyone's support while I was gone. I'll try to update another blog once I get back on the ship in a few days!

7 comments:

Jennifer said...

Hi Baby! Less than 2 weeks to go! We are having fun at the beach, but it would be so much better if you were here with us. I miss you constantly! And I can't wait to see you soon! Have a safe trip back to the States! :D

Love you bunches,
Jen
and Pomicter Family

Jennifer said...

Hi Baby! Less than 2 weeks to go! We are having fun at the beach, but it would be so much better if you were here with us. I miss you constantly! And I can't wait to see you soon! Have a safe trip back to the States! :D

Love you bunches,
Jen
and Pomicter Family

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bad apologies said...

Okay, that Jennifer chick is kinda pressed. Two posts?!

Are you home? Recap!

bad apologies said...

P.S. - Not EVERYTHING can be named after Reagan. Stupid Congress.

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