Nepal | Earthquake | Part 6
We woke in the morning at daylight. Everything here is dictated not by a time on your alarm clock or the starting hours of your job, it is due to the natural cycles of the world. So, at 4am we were starting to wake. Firstly the birds, almost laughing at us, then the dogs barking and playing, then the people of the village as they went about their routines.
The night was cold and we didn’t have enough tents as Dave was due to leave so I opted to sleep “under the stars” - how romantic. Not the greatest idea when I woke up frozen solid in my sleeping bag to find 5 cockroaches playing silly buggers with my toes.
After eating a single egg each for breakfast we split into teams to conquer our first tasks:
Setup a space for the medics since they were not keen on staying in the shelter due to the ruins of Tripurasundari Temple on higher ground near the shelter - I still can’t understand how our solution was any better - we built a bamboo structure which was covered with tarp. The wind in the night was pretty strong so we also covered the sides of our shelter with tarps.
Transform the little building nearby into a medical clinic, with an outdoor shelter from the sun during the day.
Figure out how we could obtain water. There were some tanks onto of a storage room next to our shelter which supplied the showers and a tap for drinking however it was empty and no sign of rain. It was close to monsoon season, soon there would be too much water, but for now there wasn’t enough.
The clinic was up and running pretty fast - we gave it a deep clean, shrink wrapped the surfaces or put clothes down. We put signs up and discussed how we would operate the clinic - each medic needed to be utilised to their maximum potential as we were expecting people to come in the hundreds. It would be my job to welcome people in and control the flow. Patients would need to be registered and triaged, they would then be allocated to a doctor or a nurse. Each receipt, containing the details of ailment and treatment would need to be carefully recorded. The space was small, we had 5 areas where patients could be seen, so as you can imagine it was pretty hectic. Onto of that the medics spoke some English, moreso than I can Spanish, but speaking medical terms and medicines that I’ve not heard of even in English is not easy! We treated people with all sorts of injuries ranging from injuries that were not related to the earthquake, minor injuries or mental trauma - to more infections, broken bones that had been poorly treated and more major injuries. Sometimes just being seen by a professional, having your blood pressure taken and being told you are ok is what people need.
The first day we saw and treated some 120 people, and there were much much more to come the next day!
It took us (mainly just Olly) the full day to complete the shelter for the medics in parallel with the clinic running.
Although we hadn’t worked out a solution for the water yet, Borja had helpfully made a chair/throne for the long drop toilet we had. Now I have no problem using those kinds of toilets, but this one was in a shed, down away from our camp. It was dark in the day, at night it was pitch black. So, sitting on a safe chair rather than squatting in the dark, worrying if a snake or massive spider is about to bite your butthole, seemed like a nice idea. (In hindsight it was a super gross idea).
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