Wales Day 3

Thursday 10.3.13.

Got up and brushed my teeth in the bucket. Washed my hair (at least the visible greasy part) in a bucket, used wet wipes to wash my pits and get a quick sponge bath. Splashed my face. Not feeling very clean, but slightly fresher. Up to seize the day! Saw a bunch more patients. I got to place an IUD (intrauterine device)–the patient was so grateful, because she has run out of her birth control pills (and other pills) since flights cannot get into the village consistently due to weather, and getting medications just isn’t reliable enough out here. I saw lots of village elders, again to look at their chronic illnesses and multiple medications needs from overview perspective. There are lots of labs and meds that needed to be followed up on. There is so much to do for some of these patients, though, and I feel that I am probably still missing some things. Ack! Need more time! Hopefully I can come back to this village on a more regular basis and have continuity of care with the people I am getting to know.

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Picture of a roadside sign on the way to Council. Agnes Kelly Bostrom was a Yup’ik Eskimo who grew up in Mountain Village on the Yukon River.

The elders tell me of how things used to be. How the whole village used to work together to prepare for the Winter—from the beginning of Spring through to the end of Fall, they would hunt and gather, dry and smoke fish, prepare berries and store up food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It lightly snowed all day today! There is a Siberian Yupik name for light snow, that an elderly lady taught me, but I forget. I need to write these things down!

 

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Snow! It’s weird to see snow on a beach. Growing up in the Pacific islands, I just always associated beaches with warm tropical breezes and coconut trees. This is by far the furthest north I have ever been on a beach!

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Feathers=great water repellant! I just ordered a -30 Arctic down jacket (specifically made by a company for expeditions to Antarctica).  The health aid asked me if I had a warm jacket, and I told him not yet. He said, well you should get one, because Winter is coming quickly. 🙂

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Windmills. They are tied down, because the winds are so strong, they get blown over.

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Wales Village

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Heavy clouds. That is Fairway Rock. Today I cannot see Little Diomede or Big Diomede.

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This reminds me of the photo essay–“To Live and Die in Wales” (http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/part-1-live-and-die-wales-alaska)

After the snowcloud blew over, the sun tried to come out through the heavy clouds and lit the place up in golden light.

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2 thoughts on “Wales Day 3

  1. So enjoying reading all about the extreme Alaska I haven’t lived in. And getting mentally prepared for our return next year 🙂

    • Thanks Renee Grace! Let me know when you get back! It would be sooo, soo awesome to see you again! 🙂 Come up here for the Iditarod (you have a place to stay)! 🙂
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