Friday, 6 June 2014

Final Day

The last day was spent doing some touring in the area of Guiyang with two college students who were some of our interpreters during the last three days.  They are international relations majors and will be studying in England next year.  It was fun to learn a bit about their lives.  They are both female and single children of parents who both work. 

Our first stop was a park along a small river.


After walking for about an hour, we had lunch at a local restaurant with “country food”.  It was a nice change from the more formal meals.

We then went to a center for the study of Confucianism.  It was built with government money,  and will be a place to teach children the skills promoted by Confucius, writing, manners, music.


Entrance to the center with our two students

At the end we saw a video that gave a brief history and then ended by saying how China wanted to be a world leader in promoting the principles of Confucianism.  These include respect for nature and fellow humans.  Of course this is somewhat contradicted by their current suppression of minority groups.  It has also been very frustrating how blocked the Internet is.  One cannot Google anything. I was out of reading material and wanted to get a book from Amazon.  Could not do that.  Have not had access to my New York Times the entire trip.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

More Teaching

Today I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Shao Min.  She is about 45 and is from Guiyang where we are working.  She went to medical school here and then went to Shanghi for her plastic surgery training.

We did two cases with me as surgeon and then I helped her with the last one and with the pointers that I gave her in the first cases did an excellent job.  We then had a lively discussion about other aspects of cleft surgery.


Dr. Shao finishing our last surgery.


The two of us during our post surgery discussion.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Another Clinic Day

Well it is back to work.  We are now in the city of Guiyang which has a population of 30 million or the equivalent of the state of California.  We are working in a Stomatology Hospital.  It  is primarily a dental hospital, but in most of China it is where the cleft care is done.  We saw about 30 patients with the local surgeons, orthodontist, and speech therapist.  Once again the goal is to help them establish a center for the care of these children in a coordinated manner.  Of these six were thought to be good teaching cases and will be done with the local surgeons.


Some of the kids cooperated with us and were not so happy to see us.


This child presents with a complication that will be very difficult to correct.


And some just had cute haircuts.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

A Day Off

Today was a day off and our small group joined the larger group back in Anshun to do some touring.  The first site we visited was a canyon in the limestone that the major component of the mountains of this area of China.  The visit to the site involved a walk through the formation.DSC05412.JPGDSC05428.JPG

After a nice lunch we moved on to a waterfall that is supposed to be one of the most beautiful in this area of China.


Then on to Guiyang where we will work with another group to help them establish a cleft team.