I have been thinking a lot about how to "wrap up" the trip in a blog post but it has been a challenge. This year was a quick trip to Ilula for me and it felt fast. I have been grappling with what this quick in and out trip meant to me, to the students/learners and to the Ilula staff and patients.
I asked the students to tell me how they would explain the trip in a few sentences and have one to share in particular: "With every adventure there is always it's ups and downs and we had many of both on this trip, especially emotionally. I, for one, am new to the healthcare world and was thoroughly unprepared for the sheer gravity of the helplessness I felt in many situations. However, though we were surrounded by so much suffering and destitution while working in the hospital and traveling through the bush, the Tanzanian peoples never ceased to amaze me with their overwhelming hospitality and generosity. Though some of the practices in the hospital gave us pause, learning from the Tanzanians in regard to their attitudes is paramount and I hope to carry this completely selfless lifestyle into my practice back home."