Flexibility was the name of the game for our team today as we made our way into Wanblee for school physicals. Our day began with the announcement that the air conditioner was out of service and that school would be let out early at the Crazy Horse School, which was where we were soon to be headed for our second day on the reservation. This news didn’t much change our plan of performing physicals for the kids who wanted to participate in sports for the year, however, when we arrived at the school we were informed that a majority of the physicals had been completed last week and that there were only 5 or 6 kids who needed to be seen. So we then switched to plan B, which consisted of a condensed version of our providing team (one student nurse and one nurse to each of our two nurse practitioners) and also of our supplies. As we neared the end of our short list, plan B soon turned into plan C when 6 more students were added to our list, with a few more trickling in behind those six. We were able to switch out student nurses so that each of us were able to help at some point during the day. Our team ended up performing around 20 physicals before school was let out around 12:30.
With an unexpected free afternoon, our team split up with one half going to the Lakota College Museum and the other half going hiking in the Badlands. I could probably write a whole blog post just on how beautiful the Badlands are! I even heard them described as Desolate Beauty, which I thought was an excellent description of the vastness and the beauty that they hold. After a few selfies at the top of Notch Trail and a conquering of three people’s fear of heights, we all met back at the Ranch for debriefing, and some dinner, before heading back out to the Wounded Knee Massacre site. After a quick look around we soon headed back towards Kyle, but not before driving by Bettie’s, the restaurant we plan to eat dinner at tomorrow night and where the only item on the menu is whatever Bettie is cooking that night! These past two days have been tremendously enriching and I am looking forward to our three remaining days here on the reservation!