For our second part of practicum, we hosted a Health Fair in Pajovë. We had tables for BMI calculations, diabetes testing, blood pressure, dental hygiene, and nutrition. It wasn't a failure, but it wasn't a success...let's just say we learned a lot. A LOT.
We had mostly teenage boys show up out of curiosity...and hardly any women.
Dan in the zone taking blood pressures. The nurses just up and left.
Setting up the BMI station
The two doctors from the Health Center. At this point I'm saying something along the lines of "please do something while you're here! Don't just stand around!"
And of course, the smoking dentist. At the dental hygiene table. At a health fair. SMOKING.
The next day we went to Bishqem to help out at their health fair (they came to ours, too). They had theirs during the weekly market, so actually got a lot more people - especially women - to attend.
Dr. Susan, taking BMIs like a boss.
Dr. Paul, doctoring like a doctor.
The Bishqem market
WHY. WHY ARE YOU SITTING DOWN AND TAKING THE BPs OF PEOPLE WHO ARE STANDING UP?
They walked around hand-in-hand for a good half hour. Obviously it was adorable. Obviously I took a creepy picture while pretending to look at other photos. OBVIOUSLY the older one noticed.
In the end, we all learned a ton about the rural health systems here (and the different types of people we might run into), attitudes of men vs. women vs. kids, etc., and how our language skills are grossly inadequate for the job we want to do. Yikes.
Did I mention we only have four weeks left of PST (pre-service training) at this point?
HOLD ME, MOMMY.