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CURED!

I wanted to share this picture and story with you for a happy moment.  This man came to us along with his newlywed wife.  His mother had died of Ebola and he fell ill along with his brother, sister and wife.  Unfortunately, his wife was severely ill and died in a

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More daily life in Sierra Leone…and Momo goes home!!

Hi All,  Next pic is of me in Triage today.   We stand behind 2 meter barrier fences to interview patients, then come within arm’s reach to take the temperature – hence the face shield (and gloves).  It’s been decided that we nurses can do the triage, screen patients in or

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Another day in Sierra Leone – and some good news too

Hi All! Plan for the day:   1.  Sleep in. 2.  Go to “Super Market” – can’t wait to experience a Sierra Leonean super market! 3.  Have lunch with an old Ethiopian pal from my mission there in … 2008?  He was a lab tech and went to med school and is now in Freetown working

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Go Hawks!

The good news:  I got to sleep in til 9 today! The bad news:  I have to work a 12 hour overnight shift for the first time in 32 years. It’s now been a week working at the MSF Switzerland Ebola Treatment Center (ETC) and I’m feeling pretty comfortable.  Whereas in

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Reflections on a first medical mission

-Approximately how many patients were served by your team? -580 patients were seen in the clinic over the course of 5 days. -What I enjoyed the most:          -How a team of professionals could come together to serve so many people in such a short amount of time – very

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It’s not about the numbers

Once again, it was a very rewarding trip to the tiny town of San Raymundo, Guatemala.  Having been there last year, I pretty much new what to expect; long days, tired feet, less then ideal working conditions, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of some Guatemalans. 

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Keep Calm and FIGHT Ebola!

Thought you all would enjoy this pic after I came “out.” Card from a cured patient – I want to make it into a t-shirt!!! Scrubs are saturated with sweat although I have yet to experience literally pouring half a bootful of sweat like one of the doctors. Today our

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Ebola Treatment Center, Day One

After a few days of training with MSF in Geneva and a grueling journey to Sierra Leone, I entered the Ebola Treatment Center in Freetown where I will be working for the first time on Monday. Here are my observations and impressions from day one, before all of these little

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Doug Demo tells about his experience with Refuge International

Thanks to a scholarship from One Nurse At A Time, which was made possible by a generous donation from Omicrom Delta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau, the honor society of nursing. I was able to participate in my second medical mission trip with Refuge International to San Raymundo, Guatemala in

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Megan Duda R.N. reports on her trip to Ecuador

On Oct. 25, 2014 I led a team of 4 nurses and a pharmacist to Ecuador for a medical-outreach mission trip.  Our clinic was 4 days long we spent 2 days in San Josue, Ecuador and 2 days in Liberador Bolivar. We worked from 9am to 5-7pm. In those 4

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