Monday, October 27, 2008

Kent's thoughts

School has been much more intense this year, but I absolutely love it! We are learning the coolest things right now which have reinforced the lessons I learned in Nicaragua and reemphasized my desire to practice global medicine. I'm so glad I'm in the Air Force and will eventually have the chance to practice medicine in various places! This last week we have been studying infectious worms - many of which are found only in Africa and South America. My doctor in Utah would go to Africa every year for a month and I was always impressed with his pictures and stories. I want to go to Africa!!!
Check out these crazy diseases:
Guinea Worm - Dracunculiasis (scroll to 1:55 if you get bored)
River Blindness - Onchocerciasis
(kind of boring - but I would love to help people like this)

9 comments:

Laney said...

i couldn't watch the guinea worm movie. I had to stop as soon as they wrapped it around the match stick. uughh. I have the creepy crawlies just thinking about it.

Pat and Brent said...

I'm so glad you love what you're doing! As long as you keep coming home every now and again that is.

It's amazing how many crazy diseases are out there - very CREEPY!

toddkmack said...

That's incredible! Sounds like you're really learning important things.

Jason & Shannon said...

Have you seen the crazy tree man? That's weird! If you haven't seen it, you should check it out.

The Jackson Family said...

You were cut out to be a doctor! I'm so glad you are following your dreams! Sorry I don't comment too often, I love looking at your blog and all that you and Leisy are up to. Love, Kristy

Michelle said...

EW. EW. Double Ew!

But, I agree with Kristy - you certainly fit the mold. Keep up the good work, Kent!

M- your favorite said...

I read the comments befor I even thought about watching the clip. Sorry now I don't think I can get myself to watch any of them. But Kent you go right ahead and watch them. I am so glad you love what you are doing. That makes it all so much more. :) Love you

Michelle said...

M - for SURE watch the movie on blindness ... you would find that very interesting. It makes me see why you, Kent, are so motivated to get out there and help.

Annie O said...

No thank you.