Zero – The Cd4 immune cell count of a young HIV positive man with a brain full of fungus. We’ve got a thousand of these CD4 immune cells, he’s got Zero. He was nearly dead when he arrived, but after some strong medication that hit his kidneys pretty hard, he made an incredible recovery!
Zero – My experience with sickle cell disease before coming here. With this disease, your red blood cells change shape from a circle to a crescent moon, which causes all kinds of problems. My day began by seeing 4 unhappy, crying kids with the unfortunate condition. Luckily these kids generally bounce back well.
Zero – The number of platelets (blood clotting cells) another young man has. If you can’t clot your blood, you bleed everywhere. His red eyes, bleeding nose and bruised arm in the shape of our blood pressure cuff (oops) testified to that! Luckily 4 family members gave their blood for him and it looks like he’s going to be ‘good as’.
Patient Zero – Or we hope not. But its hard not to be a little bit scared of Ebola when an unconscious man who just came from the Congo (the home of many scary diseases) is bleeding from his nose in front of you. This hospital has a massive fear of Ebola as a massive outbreak in 2000 killed 13 staff.
Zero – The number of people that died on Lacor Medicine ward today – no small victory.
Thank God for a good day.