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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Treatment of Diabetic Foot

Diabetic feet are quite common amongst our patients. Its a leading cause of debility, morbidity resulting in loss of wages, increasing difficulty in finding work etc and a source of stress for the family to look after one with a diabetic foot, particularly those which are infected and smelling like god knows what. 
To be able to treat and provide some sort of quality of life is of paramount importance.
The pictures below show an old lady with a diabetic foot who has been provided with orthotic footwear designed at the RHC. An excellent cobbler who understands what is needed and is able to translate and execute the design that I give him helps us make this footwear.
What was touching was the husband, himself with creaky knees squatting and helping his wife with the footwear

A lady with a Diabetic foot

Footwear designed and made at the RHC

The Husband helping her with the new footwear
Completed Footwear in place

The cobbler at work

Two Sides of a Coin

Couldn't resist posting these photos. Small children and an elderly gentleman. Both patients at the RHC. 
Children carrying a water can probably as heavy as the younger one. What struck me was the ease with which the older girl was carrying the can. How does she do it - watching her mother, or has she been trained?
The dignity of the old man waiting for his medications struck me. At the end of the day - patiently waiting his turn using the tree as a support.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Diabetic foot treatment at RHC

A Diabetic foot with ulcers

Orthotic footwear made at RHC

3 months later - voila healed

Monday, January 01, 2018

Oct to December 2017

The good rains continued through September and October. its such a lovely sight to see the fields green and lush.
Rishi Valley celebrated its 86th year with an alumni meet in November. It was a great time to reconnect with old friends and also get to know the younger generations of RVites.

The RHC kept us busy as usual.
 5275 patients over the 3 month period
460 children (M:F 225:235) and 1082 elderly (M:F 535:547)

A young baby who was operated for Cranial Synostosis in 2016 at St Johns Medical College, passed away due to complications and a general failure to thrive. The parents were heart broken, even though the child had severe brain damage and never completed his milestones.