As Maid Elizabeth prepares to go to midwife boot camp, she is brushing up on numerous skills that she has already mastered and learning new ones. One of the most valuable new skill she has been learning is suturing. Although for most ladies, sutures are not required, there are some that tear badly and require a stitch here and there.
The beauty of learning suturing is that is crosses over to so many medical emergencies, not just midwifery. Maid Elizabeth is learning how to tell the difference between muscle, skin and fat. Each layer requires different stitches and different suturing mediums. Some flesh requires gut to suture and other requires dissolving synthetics. She is learning not only how to suture, but how to deal with veins that are involved in trauma.
The applications for the preparedness minded family are so many! Any number of medical traumas require sutures, and a trained midwife is as good as a surgeon in those situations. Not only is she acquiring the skills, she is learning to properly administer pain management pharmaceuticals.
As you can see, Maid Elizabeth, being an EMT and soon-to-be Midwife, is our duly appointed medical expert. Not only will she provide a great service to many ladies in the Philippines and our small town, she will be worth her weight in gold when the balloon goes up!
|Maid Elizabeth's surgical kit|
(Yes, it is a military kit)
|Setting up a sterile field|
|Making an incision|
|Practicing her knots|
|This takes a lot of concentration!|