We have just returned from Butare, where we have spent the past two days. We were able to bring the ultrasound, and with the help of some bupivacaine, taught the residents and anesthesia techs how to do an ultra-sound guided supraclavicular block. They really seem interested in having this and other regional techniques at their disposal, and I very much hope that eventually an ultrasound can be acquired for their permanent use. On another note, on wednesday, there was no oxygen in the pipeline when we arrived at the hospital, so no general anesthetics were administered. Oh well, spinals only!
While in Butare, we decided to partake in the “best ice cream in Rwanda”, per Emmy. Inzozi Nziza was the name of the place. It was actually pretty good! Although, my strawberry ice cream didn’t really taste like strawberry, but whatever. It turns out, the ice cream place is actually the only ice cream parlor in the nation. And, it’s also a non-profit called Blue Marble Dreams, which is awesome.
Now it’s time to start packing. Hard to believe our time in Rwanda is almost at a close.