This blog entry was written by Christina Arostegui, a DNP student from Viterbo University who is volunteering at Wanblee Health Center on Pine Ridge Reservation this week. Below, Christina describes her experiences earlier this week on Monday and Tuesday.
Our Wanblee Clinic team, consisted of Dr. Thurman, Peg Corey RN and Christina Arostegui, DNP student. We got into town Sunday night after Suzanne England gave us a tour of Rosebud hospital and the town. She got us tucked away in our rooms and started off Monday morning at the administration staff meeting. After Dr. Thurman got the Rosebud team set up for their colonoscopies, off we went to Wanblee Clinic for credentialing and computer training. Everyone was super gracious and happy to see Global Partners.
There was a few new staff since Peg and Dr. Thurman had been out there a year ago. We stopped at Crazy Horse School to deliver some senior pictures taken by School District of La Crosse volunteers during the October trip. Next off we went to Kyle to the Lakota Prairie Ranch to a cultural meeting with Dakota, a Lakota. We met up with the Behavioral Health team. He gave an awesome presentation on the past and present history of his people. We could feel the sadness in his words. He brought along with him his 2 aunts and uncle, the last 3 of 20 pure Lakota. After Dakota’s presentation, we split up in small groups. We were able to ask questions and here more of their stories. The Lakota make beautiful jewelry and dream catchers to take pride in their cultural teachings passed down from generations and sell their goods to supplement their income.
On Tuesday, off we were to Wanblee clinic to see patients. We meet Meg Mussleman NP and Dr. Cazan. On Tuesday morning is the diabetic foot checks and we were asked to see these patients. We got set up as soon as possible. We saw 12 patients between Dr. Thurman and myself (Christina DNP student), from pediatrics to geriatrics to prenatal. One of the patients was so happy with the care he received that he asked when we were coming back. The clinic is easily accessed by the population and the staff is accommodating to their needs. Meg NP sees on average 25 patients were day. She commented that we made her day and her life a little easier. She gave us Lakota necklaces in gratitude. We will return tomorrow.
By Christina Arostegui