This trip to the DR Congo has been much better than the last. The hospital has improved its care and the medical staff has advanced professionally.
However, I have continued to have a few frustrations. My greatest annoyance is laughing or joking around when a child is severely ill. I am a large proponent of having fun when things are going well, but when a patient is sick, a jovial atmosphere really bothers me.
I have asked people to be quiet on multiple occasions, but it sometimes does not work. When my frustration level reaches a certain point, I put my stethoscope in my ears and continue going about my work in relative peace.
Child-like, I know, but it is a pretty good defense mechanism.