We kept our great location for speech, and we got into a rhythm. In the morning, we saw the post-surgical patients, and advised them in small groups and individually. Then we saw all comers…kids with undiagnosed hearing loss, undiagnosed submucous clefts (the outside skin looks good but the inside muscles sure not connected), developmental disabilities, etc.
We gave two talks to our medical students, about clefts, child development, and many other topics. They also shadowed us during the week as we treated patients. They are so bright eyed and engaged, absorbing all we offer them and always ready for more.
On Thursday night, we all busted loose and went dancing. Our medical students can dance! We had a great time and danced until midnight…which was the start of my birthday! I was serenaded by a room full of colleagues, friends, and strangers. Peruvians take birthdays seriously, stretching them out for up to a week. This is a tradition I’m ready to adopt.