Liveblogging from Sri Lanka blog posts are written by residents and faculty in the Harbor Family Medicine program who elected to go to Sri Lanka to provide medical treatment to those affected by last year’s tsunami. These posts serve to document the efforts and experiences of these residents and faculty while they are in Sri Lanka on this resident organized trip.
We arrived in Colombo tired, exhausted, but eager to continue our journey to Kalmunai. It was a thirty nine hour flight but we wanted more and boy did we get it. We were met by the friendly staff provided a delicious meal and made plans to split into two teams, one group to Kuchchaveli and the other to Kalmunai. Both sites located in Tsunami effected areas, Kuchchaveli in the northeast and Kalmunai in the middle east. The journey to our site took us a short hour. Along the way we saw wild elephants rifling through fields of trash. Monica was eager to greet the free range monkeys with the clicking of her camera. Our first day we both went to different IDP (International displaced person) camps. My camp had not seen a physician since before the Tsunami. Monica and I were joined by two young and eager physicians more seasoned than ourselves showing us the ropes. That day Monica and I each saw 60 patients, a normal day per the other doctors. The people are so friendly, warm, and welcoming. Too shy at times to smile, it is only Nimi and Monica’s attempts at Tamil that can evoke laughter. Emergency elephant attack coming into clinic—gotta run.