It is 6 minutes past midnight on Thursday 1st September 2016.
In just over month, I will be making my way back to Nepal. Oh. My. God.
Today I received the most humbling message I think I have ever received. The Wild Medic Project have designated me as Clinical Leader of the project for this round.
Now, I know it’s probably not a giant massive deal, and I know there is a project leader and many operation managers back at base in Oz-land, but still I was really chuffed to have been asked. Of course I said yes.
So, in preparation for it and for the trip in general, I finally took out all those PDFs I had downloaded and started to commit them to memory.
In my travels, I found this which made me chuckle:
If there is any kind of gel that can cure your problems, surely it is going to be Ninja gel!
The excitement is building up so much inside of me I can’t even begin to describe it.
Having only just returned from India (wedding, family, saris, shopping, etc), I finally booked my flights to Nepal.
Something about booking my flights made it feel somewhat real.
One month is really not that long, and actually I have A LOT of stuff to do before I go. Least of all revise some adult medicine, given that the vast majority of our patients who rock up to these mobile medical camps are 50+ and the last time I dealt with patients 50+ was oh, I don’t know, about 5 years ago? It feels like much longer.
Still, the aid we provide currently is basic first aid, and I think even I can manage that. I hope.
That’s the first part of the project, in Chitre, running mobile medical camps for whoever can and will turn up.
I was interested in reading about some of the initial field work carried out in November 2015. A lot can change and evolve in one year. Many lessons have been learnt. Importance of adequate documentation being one of the key improvements. Things we probably take for granted on an every day ward.
Other things run through my mind. The need to put together my own personal first aid kit, the possible requirement of an upgraded wardrobe (ok not everything, but maybe a few treats). I’d really love a proper camera, as this was one of my biggest regrets in 2013 – my pictures were so inadequate. A proper camera, with a proper working knowledge of how to use said camera, really made a difference.
I also realise how wildly unfit I am (a running theme) and how probably unfit I will remain until the day I leave. Though it would be nice to build up some sort of fitness. Even just a little.
I recall the Expedition and Wilderness Medicine Course I went on back in September 2012. That also feels like a very long time ago. I try and cram as much into my brain as is humanly possible.
But for now, it is bedtime. One baby step at a time.