Fieldset
Front of the Line

Today I incised and drained a lymph node in a child's neck. I extracted some fluid from the distended belly of a one year old. I aspirated a tuberculous lymph node from the back of a child's knee.

Today I incised and drained a lymph node in a child's neck. I extracted some fluid from the distended belly of a one year old. I aspirated a tuberculous lymph node from the back of a child's knee. I debrided a third degree burn on the hand of a four year old, explored the exit site of gunshot wound, aspirated fluid from a swollen knee and extracted the remains of a miscarriage.

During my training I had to line up with the other interns and residents to do anything. Here I am in the front of the line, even when I don't want to be.

Tonight the moon is a perfect round globe; it floods the compound with light and shadow. The nights are full of weird sounds: donkeys braying, cows mooing, reggae dance music, roosters.