Today was our busiest day yet! Medical team up and out by 07:15 to perform physicals at Little Wound School (elementary/middle/high school) right here in Kyle, only about 6 miles from where we are staying. And perform them we did! A total of 61 school children and quite a few staff members were seen by our team today. Many special needs students came in preparing for their Special Olympics Day! The 5 student nurses were very excited to be in charge of all of the musculoskeletal exams today, which freed up some of the provider’s time to spend more time with each patient. Lunch was discovered at a local gem called Angelina’s Burrito’s and was even within walking distance.
One staff member was telling her story about her high blood pressure, that she took medication to keep it under control and that she had been out for over 3 weeks. She shared with us that the medical facility she went to accepted only same day appointments. By the time she called them in the morning, they were already booked and she could not get in to see a provider to refill her prescriptions, therefore she went without her pills. Fortunately, one of our nurse practitioners was able to write a new prescription.
Our 3 Western instructors, Char, Stacy & Dan, were kept on their toes today as well with the Department of Justice. They were able to provide hands on training to several police officers and quite a few dispatchers how to perform CPR, and lots of good teaching on First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens.
Once the student nurses returned to their room, they had approximately 10 minutes to change out of their scrubs and freshen up a bit before the next stop on their agenda for the day. The Oglala Lakota College Museum was where they learned the very interesting history leading up to the events that transpired at Wounded Knee. There was a recorded lecture explaining the paintings, maps and diagrams on the walls and a video afterwards with more fascinating history.
Off and running once again, the student nurses had about 10 minutes to spare before meeting up with the rest of the medical team to head out to Bette’s Kitchen for dinner. Bette is a retired Lakota nurse, whom after retirement, decided her true calling was to serve people in another way- by feeding them. She has opened her home and offers lunches each day of the year and sometimes dinners (if you call far enough in advance for groups of 10 or more) for the last 17 years that she has been retired. One never knows what will be on the menu at Bette’s- it’s whatever Bette is in the mood to cook that day! Tonight Bette was in the mood to make tacos. We feasted on a delicious spread of taco salads and delicious wedges of watermelon along with iced tea and lemonade.
Bette shared some wonderful stories, explained many of the photographs on her walls, showed us magazine articles about her and her family and kept us well entertained after we dined. She told us that she was raised by her grandparents in a tiny little wooden cabin. Her grandfather, a Medicine Man by the name, Black Elk, used to wear his ancestral Native American attire and offer to be photographed with tourists at Mt. Rushmore. Black Elk was very instrumental in bringing a mixture of the Catholic religion and the Native American culture together. Sadly, he passed away in 1950.
After leaving Bette’s, our evening wasn’t over yet… the vehicle all the student nurses and our 2 nurse practitioners were traveling in was able to avoid hitting a deer just in the nick of time…. unfortunately, it was not able to avoid hitting the second one that ran out from nowhere! Sarah was driving and did an amazing job at holding it together and keeping us all safe! The deer disappeared into the darkness and the vehicle seemed fine. The main thing is that nobody was injured! We were all a bit shaken up but all is well that ends well;)