Tag Archives: Nepal

Ke Garne? What To Do?

If you have spent any time with local Nepalese, you will have heard the phrase “Ke Garne.”  It literally translates to “what to do?”   It is said when life presents you with a difficult situation or a frustrating situation or really anything challenging. The first time I heard ‘Ke Garne’ was from a patient […]

Reflections on Nepal

This is the first article in a short series reflecting upon my clinical experience  with the Acupuncture Relief Project in Nepal.  When you treat a high volume of patients five and a half days a week, the poignant stories start to stack up.  Writing weekly does not begin to overcome the stack. I am home […]

A Case of Ankylosing Spondylitis- Nerd Geeks Unite in Nepal!

In the treatment room, I am greeted with a slender, smiling face. Eager and animated, he doesn’t wait for my introduction, he dives right into perfect English. I admit, I am excited to have a break from the time-lag of interpretation. My interpreter looks momentarily shocked. My patient is a twenty-five year old pre-med student […]

Laughter in the heart of Nepal

Every now and then, the strain of working six days a week in a different culture, in a different language starts to wear on my spirits. I find myself a little less jovial, a little tense, and sometimes even morose. Usually on those days, my patients arrive with an excellent sense of humor. Call it […]

Under Pressure

Today is Wednesday, the day I juggle two outreach clinics in one day. The clinics sit about twenty minutes apart by motorcycle. The morning clinic is in the village of Sipodol, nestled between green mountains and terraced fields. The afternoon clinic is in the bustling urban metropolis of Bhaktapur. It takes Sachyamohan and me forty-five […]

Rooftop Clinics and Motorbikes

Ramesh kickstarts his motorbike and looks at me expectantly. “How should I get on?” I ask, thinking about Nikki, our clinic director, instructing us not to wrap our arms around our interpreter when riding the motorbike. “Don’t grip with your knees,” Nikki said with a grin. I look at her blankly, thinking that you ride […]

My First Day at the Vajra Varahi Clinic

Coffee in hand, I stroll downstairs into the Vajra Barahi Health Clinic’s waiting room to prepare for my morning. Before the clinic bustles into life, I have the privilege of traveling out to a nearby Newari village and treating Asa Maya, a sweet, elderly woman, who recently had a stroke. I have been hearing about […]

Stepping off the plane into a new world

I arrived into Kathmandu on a Korean Air plane. Most of my fellow passengers were Korean or Japanese trekkers. I deduced this from the hiking boots and high end gear they wore. Despite my inability to speak Korean, the excitement as the plane began its decent palpably filled the cabin. A frenetic energy shifted into […]

Getting Ready for Nepal- Part Two

Today, I am trying to finish packing for Nepal.  The Acupuncture Relief Project dropped off my two heavy duty, rubber-fortified duffle bags and about fifty pounds of medical supplies for me to carry into Nepal.  The medical supplies are mostly Chinese herbal formulas in pill form, since I am replenishing the herbal pharmacy in Chapagoan. […]

Getting Ready For Nepal – Part One

A couple weeks ago I received an email from my team leader.  She jovially introduced herself and offered to field any questions about packing, travel, and anything else that might help prepare us to provide medical care in Nepal.  She reminded us of the suggested packing list provided on the Acupuncture Relief Project’s website.  And […]