Williamson Day 2 – First Health Clinic and Home Visits
Today, everyone once again started the day with breakfast at 8am and received the GPSA scrub top uniform. It was the first day to wear the uniform!
After breakfast, everyone loaded into the van and we were driven to a nearby senior recreational center, where the students put on a health fair. They used all of the skills they’d learned the previous day while interacting with the patients and giving them advice.
I was very impressed with everyone’s attitude and maturity. Although they might have felt stressed at times, everyone was able to successfully take blood pressures, BMI and blood glucose using the A1C.
Following the health fair, everyone went back to the hotel to have lunch. We had mac & cheese and tomato soup with salad. In the afternoon, from 2pm, everyone split up into groups. Half of the students went on home visits and half went to the town’s health clinic.
Sota, Monica and I (Ms. Peck) went on a home visit with one of the nurses named Kelly. On the visit, we met a man who lost his leg from the knee down and his visions due to diabetes. On the second home visit, we met a quadriplegic man who relied on 24 hour home care. Seeing people in such states was very eye-opening, especially since it is something that we rarely come across in Tokyo.
Following the visits, everyone came back and relaxed for a bit before dinner. Dinner was soup, cornbread and rice, with cupcakes for dessert. Then, everyone played games and finished up the night with reflection.