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Nov 26 2013

Donations Update

As you all know I get paid to blog. A whopping 1 to 2 quid a day. I for that reason also accept donations as at the moment I am rather poor and often use the donations to expand my income  in particular aim towards certain purchases.

A few people have asked me what “exactly” I spend my donations on. After all, vintage erotica is free and Fabergé eggs are rather hard to come by in India.

Well my current plans for the money I get from blogging and donations consist of.

1. Pay for my ticket back home for February (done)

2. Provide me some spending money when I am back home in February

3. Buy a Camera

The rationale boils down to

1. I am on holiday and I would like to go home

2. I would like to spend money on myself when I am home and on things like dates with Hera. If people haven’t realised it already I am a massive fan of food and living in India’s biggest torture is the rather singular diet of pulses and rice so I do spend a fair bit on nice food to tide me over for a year of living on rice and pulses.

3. I see a lot of unbelievable things and I meet a lot of cool people. I used to take photos of those things and those people but my Camera met with an unfortunate accident involving a ham handed copper who had never seen a DSLR up close before and the weather. Basically? Water got inside the body of a rather old camera I was given by a friend. I was not really bothered by it’s loss until I saw pictures being taken by other people here.

Today I saw a woman who was smiling because she finally got to see a doctor.

She had uncontrolled diabetes and two diabetic ulcers on her foot.

These were so deep that you could see the muscles underneath move. I spent the day teaching newer students how to present such a case and how to manage it.

Such a case would never be seen in the west. The size and the depth of this ulcer is astonishing. I can  demonstrate to naive audiences the reality of diabetes and how and why we take medication in the UK. The difference between this woman and my father is the availability of Insulin.

Her foot is healing well, they will operate on it to do a “flap” procedure. Adjacent skin will be incised and stretched over the wound and approximated to cover these massive ulcers up. We can even do skin grafts.

And here is the thing. People would not ever believe you because “holy moly? Who has 15 x 7 and 5×18 cm ulcers deep enough to see the muscle tissue and doesnt’ think it’s a medical emergency?”

We can show that we can even save a foot this badly damaged.

The idea is the camera will allow me to do something interesting in charting my first year as a doctor.

So what can you do? Well? Stay the course! Keep reading A Million Gods. Donate if you wish or go onto our ad-free membership. It’s you lot who are allowing me to travel around.

And for the Brits among you? I met a couple of people last time (Daniel and Guy Otten) but I am willing to have some sort of Million Gods night out/meal out/sit in a pub and be social with anyone who is around the Manchester or Stafford area. I do enjoy meeting new people and actually putting faces to names.

Thanks for the help!

Avicenna

3 comments

  1. 1
    didgen

    I wish I were in a position at this time to help you financially, but I am not. I do have to take exception to your characterization that wounds such as the diabetic ulcer would never be seen in the west. I have seen wounds such as that, and much worse working in ER’s and intensive cares on the west coast of the U.S. It is sad to say that these people were in the condition they were because they were unable to afford medical care, and treated their wounds with such things as plastic wrap, hoping that that would keep the wound clean. I am 100% sure that conditions are worse in other parts of the world, and even worse in other parts of the U.S. I was working for the most part in an affluent area known as the GOLD COAST, important enough a designation that they felt it should generally be all in caps. Suffering humans are out of sight here generally though.

  2. 2
    AndrewD

    didgen,
    I suspect you overlooked the fact that Avicenna is British and comes from a place with medical care free at the point of use, not the US. It is unlikely that many in Britain would reach such a state from diabetes (not impossible but unlikely unless there is a serious underlying problem such as poor mental health). It maybe that if he practiced in the US he would, as you say, see such ulcers but this just underlines the poverty ridden state of the US and its similarities to India.

  3. 3
    Wrath Panda

    I’m definitely up for a meet up in that there Manchester and whilst I’m not currently in a position to help out with the camera etc, I’m sure I can scrape a few beer tokens together to stand you a pint or two.

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