Haven't written in ages as I have been quite busy! Since booking flights, quite a lot has happened (probably as the trip is coming so soon).
Firstly, they cancelled one of our flights to go which, as you can imagine, was incredibly stressful. We rang the company up and they have sorted them out for us. It just means we now have a 7 hour 40 minute wait at Abu Dhabi airport where we will have to entertain ourselves and will arriving in Sri Lanka six hours later than previously planned.
Someone from Work the World rang us up and told us about a different placement that was available in Sri Lanka, in a city called Anuradhapura. He explained how the hospital we would be working in if we went to Anuradhapura has better facilities than that in Kandy. He also told us about the city itself and we decided that it was a better base for us for travelling around Sri Lanka, so we are now going there instead! The house looks good, there is lots of space in it which is good as there are 22 of us that will be living in it together, all girls that all do nursing, as well as people from Work the World that will be staying there too.
I also found out that I will be doing my first two weeks of the placement working in general medicine. The typical cases I am likely to see here are infections and diseases apparently, including dengue fever and malaria! The general medicine ward is split between four wards, with roughly sixty patients in each of these. I will be being placed in one of these wards each day, meaning I will have sixty patients to look after (with other people luckily!).
The second two weeks, I will be working in the general surgery unit, where I will be watching lots of surgeries, both planned and emergency. Apparently, I am likely to see lots of things being removed including hernias, prostates. Appendixes, and even limbs! I am really looking forward to working in both of these settings as I will be able to witness a lot of things that I would never be able to see working in England. Think it will definitely be an eye opening opportunity! Danni is also going to be working on these two wards at the same time, meaning we get to work alongside each other which is good, so we can get through the communication barrier together!
I've had lots of injections, which are certainly not something I enjoy. I had my flu vaccine, typhoid, hepatitis a and b booster, had the first of my two Japanese encephalitis (my other one is in a few weeks), a HIV test, a mantoux test for tuberculosis and a tuberculosis injection. That was all within fifteen days which was not fun! But they are almost done now thankfully. I have also applied and received confirmation of my visa, making it feel a lot more real. My scrubs arrived the other day and have to have the trousers turned up at the end, surprise surprise! My collection of travelling trousers as I call them (they are patterned trousers) keeps on growing, I have about ten pairs now and that's before I go!
The countdown is getting incredibly close now, we will be flying in one month and one day, scary but so exciting!