Kyrsta; provided voluntary physiotherapy and equipment in South Africa in 2009, now back and working in Edinburgh

Happy people
August 24, 2012, 8:53 pm
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

It amazing that everyone you pass in the stadium is actually happy! A phenomenal experience.

November 1, 2009, 6:12 pm
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improved update
October 17, 2009, 4:46 pm
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

So the last up date was really not so good. I will need to sort out photos as I did not bring the connector to link my camera with a computer.

here is a picture I took with my phone of the items that I brought in my luggage.
luggage items
These include
3 pairs of shoes,
2 gym balls,
1 blood pressure monitor,
6 stethoscopes,
2 tendon hammers,
1 skipping rope,
2 chest exercisers,
6 soft toys,
1 strip of thera band,
150 pencils
These are the items that I left in Cape Town for the organiser to distribute for me.

The last week
October 15, 2009, 6:14 pm
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

Well, ok so you all want to know how the last week has gone.
I arrived in Soweto with my homestay host Tumi, who took me to the local hang out. I started work on monday. The kids that I’m working with are fantastic. Just gorgeous. A mix of CP, downs, and the occasional autistic. The centre in Soweto has not had physiotherapy input for a year, and I was a little overwhelmed initially. By Tuesday I had decided and acted n a plan of action, ask the teachers who they want me to see and why! Get them to go through specific problems, what they do and show them what they can do and or change to improve on what they are already doing well. By the thursday I was in demand and had to create a time table so that the teachers knew my availability and could work around their daily routine to ensure that all of our time is used wisely.
It’s been a great experience and it’s only been a week. The centre has similar problems to places here, equipment, staff, knowledge, they do soo well.
The equipment is not yet on route yet… I’ll let you all know!

Out of touch
September 20, 2009, 5:39 pm
Filed under: Home, Volunteering Physiotherapist

Sorry it’s been a while.
I got so much wonderful things donated to ship out that I have been a bit over whelmed!
What did I get? ..

Sticks 48; Fisher sticks 11; Elbow crutches 6
Box 2: box 50 masks, 12 tapes, 1 hand rail, 4 roles tape,
box sterile gloves, bandages,
Box 3: 7 knee braces, 5 pairs medical shoes, 2 pairs slip on shoes,
small hand rail, 2 jar openers, arm strap, theraband, 2 amputee socks,
1 turner, sheep skin gutter frame covers, delta frame basket, 9 leather gloves
Box4: of sling suspension, 3 spare foot rests
7 wheelchairs
2 set of bike peddles
Large static bike
Seated peddle exercise and Arjo walker
8 delta walkers
2 large (bin) bags of toys
1 commode and 1 toilet frame
Parallel bars
2 therapeutic plinths and Tilt Table
2 stools
2 enablement table

August 16, 2009, 10:59 am
Filed under: Travel plans, Volunteering Physiotherapist

I’ve booked my tickets!
I still don’t have a program yet… trying to wait patiently!
I’ve also had my immunisations.

July 25, 2009, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Travel plans, Volunteering Physiotherapist

Well, I know I’m going to Soweto. I wiil be going in October.
I will be involved in a hospital and clinic and children’s hospital but I don’t know to what proportion I will spend at each place.
I am working on gathering equipment to ship over there so let me know what items you might have that would be usefull over there. x

June 20, 2009, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

I don’t know how many have noticed the zimmer frame? It is not a 3-D frame. My problem is that I cannot remember the term given to that type of ‘art work’.
Any ideas?

cheers k

So what’s happening
June 17, 2009, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

Well, for those that do keep asking. The Dream Catcher Foudnation are going to look into 3 different potential set-ups to determine what and where and for how long I will be placed.
I will hear mid July what these are so I can work out after that my schedule, training plans and educational developments.

June 3, 2009, 11:55 am
Filed under: Volunteering Physiotherapist

If you have any medical books that you just don’t want any more then pass them over to me and I will distribute them in South Africa. That way knowledge will be left behind after I come back home.