This is Tom Kammer representing the La Crosse Health Science Academy. HSA students Katie Krien, Emma Thilges and I drove out to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Sunday, Nov. 13, to join the Global Partners Health Care Team on their November visit to the Wanblee Clinic. We had a beautiful day to make the drive to South Dakota and decided to break up the trip with some tourist stops.
Our first stop was to visit the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. We stopped to take pictures with our favorite ear of corn. The next stop was at the Wall Drug Drug Store for our free water and a five cent cup of coffee. Of course one does not stop there without a quick ride on the World Famous Giant Jackalope.
We then took a tour through the Badlands National Park where we saw wonderful views and abundant wild life including a couple of very large rams.
On Monday, I spent the day at Crazy Horse Middle School teaching seventh and eighth grade students an introductory unit on the cardiovascular system. The students took their resting and active heart rates, listened to their hearts with a stethoscope and learned the pathway of blood through the pulmonary and systemic systems. On Tuesday, they will be taking blood pressures and doing a blood typing activity, and on Wednesday, they will be dissecting sheep, pig and cow hearts. Katie and Emma put their CNA certifications to work and spent Monday assisting the Global Partners Medical Team at the Wanblee Clinic. The students will blog about their experiences later this week. I am very excited to be here with the team and students at Crazy Horse High School!