The weekend was too short but this is our last week of work. On Saturday (their Monday here) Jen and I went back to KSMC to finish some business. We did some more teaching on head to toe assessments as well edited some policies and procedures for them. It was so nice to see everyone again…we feel so comfortable there.
At Al-Yamamah we have been teaching S.T.A.B.L.E., going on rounds, and doing a lot of one-on-one education with the staff. Everyone is very eager to be taught and actually ask when and where they can be educated. The challenges are still the same. Even we are getting frustrated as there are no supplies available to them so they have to work with the limited supplies they have (such as one shared portable suction for one room, one resuscitation bag for one room, etc.)
Dr. Latifa brought us to a “souq” which is a place with small shops where you can barter. She is a very good bargainer and we came away with a slew of things. Limited pictures though, as pictures here are not allowed.
We have been getting Dr. Aaron acquainted with the culture here. We try not to leave him alone in places such as shopping malls as single men aren’t allowed to hang out there because they might “gawk” at women. Families only! He also experienced first-hand what it’s like to be asked to leave a coffee shop because it is “men only” (they have really good coffee so that’s why we go there for take out). We also seem to go everywhere right at prayer time so we are always waiting either to get in or out of a store. We have learned and today we literally ran out of a store so that we wouldn’t get stuck in it.
Today after work we visited Panorama Mall (again we visited during prayer time so we had to wait 30 minutes for anything to open) and the SkyBridge at Kingdom Tower. It is the bridge that goes across the “u” shape of the tower. Unfortunately it was really hazy and there wasn’t very good visibility. It’s hard to believe that we have less than a week left here. We are ready to go home!