Another day yesterday with interesting encounters and laughs. Yesterday evening someone (who will remain unnamed) wanted the toilet fixed since it was backed up. Well a maintenance guy came and started working on it. First it was a snake, then they poured two gallons of acid down, then the toilet was “Halas!” (for those of you who read Jen’s previous post). That means finished. The new toilet will be coming today.

The toilet is "halas"

The past few days we have really focused on doing one-to-one teaching with the nurses and respiratory therapists. Amber and I did a night shift last night to catch the previous evening shift (they do two shifts of days, two shifts of evenings, two shifts of nights, one day off, then start the cycle over again). Even our patient was getting some early morning education on in-line suctioning!

Aboudi learning in-line suctioning


This morning Dr. Brasel gave a short lecture on nutrition and starting feeds early with breast milk and preventing Necrotizing Enterocolitis in neonates.Interestingly we learned that in this culture they don’t use banked milk because they think that if a baby takes another mom’s breast milk, they will become their “son” and the baby will be siblings of the children of the mom who provided the milk.

getting immersed in Saudi culture

Change of shift

Amber and I got off of work at 11am and thought we’d make a quick stop at the grocery store as we are hosting a “dinner party” for the rest of the residents at the compound. We went to our usual Hyperpanda and told the driver we would be out really quickly. (Our poor driver drove us around all day yesterday and then came here at 2:30am to bring us to the hospital) As luck would have it the store closed its doors for prayers just as we were ready to check out. During prayer time, all stores shut down and you can’t go in or out. As a matter of fact, security guards come through to make sure cashiers aren’t working. So our “quick” grocery run turned into an hour and a half. We were so tired and delirious by that time that our conversation became very jumbled.

Tomorrow is the start of our NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program). All of us will be teaching part of it. The last team had a lot of difficulty with the online log-ins and test taking as English is nobody’s native language. We will see how it goes!

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5 Responses to Halas!

  1. Sarah Scofield says:

    The bathtime picture is cute. πŸ™‚ I know you’ll do great with the NRP.

  2. Christy says:

    Honestly a snake in the toilet is one of my worst fears! Yikes! I’m enjoying reading your all your blog notes, thank you. Take care and you are all definitely in our thoughts πŸ™‚

  3. Kathy Lemke says:

    I hope Dave brings his outfit home! Good luck with NRP.

  4. aidoor says:

    Interesting read! Though I believe the word is “Khalas”

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