August 17th was our 3rd camp….so far we have seen 335 patients! This camp wasn’t as big as the others. We saw 50 patients as compared to the other two where there were over 100 patients per camp. Even though we only saw 50 patients, it was nice, because we were able to spend more time with each patient and provide individual teaching rather than to a large group.
Sometimes seeing less people makes more of an impact!
This is what your typical local bus looks like in Nepal. They will literally pack out the bus until there are people siting in the aisles and on roof- a little dangerous.. but LOTS of FUN!
Our donated exam room for the day! All patients were referred to College of Medical Sciences in Bharatpur, Chitwan.
Sita providing education for a patient. Explaining how to maintain a proper diet, how to examine your feet, proper glucose measuring and maintaining insulin therapy.
These SIMPLE tools make a huge difference! They literally can save someone’s life. Without the proper tools, you can’t do much.
Having untreated diabetes can lead to a mass amount of deadly problems. I have seen too many times in the hospitals here in Nepal, patients dying of horrible causes from something that could have easily been prevented. Patients are suffering from cardiovascular disease, Stage 5 Kidney failure, arteriosclerosis, gangrene, sepsis, loss of limbs, loss of vision…etc. .. all because they are LIVING WITH DIABETES FOR YEARS WITHOUT KNOWING!!
For the people who are diagnosed with any of those issues due to diabetes, they literally have to sell their personal belongings or even their HOME to get proper care. All of that CAN BE PREVENTED with proper management of the disease. Treating diabetes is MUCH CHEAPER than receiving hemodialysis 2-3 times per week. Which is why Bucketts of Love’s Mission is to go out and EDUCATE people on the serious effects diabetes has and to TREAT people with pre-existing diabetes and to FIND the ones who do not know they have it <3
Here is a simple chart that explains what your blood sugar levels should be. We had patients where their blood sugar was close to 600!
Thank you to our fellow Nepali nurses who helped out that day <3
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