Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby Rishaad » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:08 pm

Thanks swazi. If I had known you guys wanted clothing to donate I had an entire bin bag of clothes but will make a plan next time.
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby Bushbaby » Thu Feb 25, 2010 8:42 am

I finally downloaded some of the pics I took as well.

Herping the first night. Only live snake found. Red Lipped Herald.
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Call out...
Can you see it?
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A little closer look
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Froot helping out.
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Finally caught.
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Such a great model.
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Rishaad almost got nailed while trying to get shots of the little Rock Python.
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Zamo sitting with her dad. She's so precious and looked so pretty in her little dress.
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Her leg is looking so much better.
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Dr Bush chatting to Zamo's dad.
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Sean Thomas keeping Zamo's brother entertained.
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Dr Bush's doctors helped show the local doctors and all interested parties how to intubate and they could practice. This is Zamo's mom learning how to intubate for the very first time.
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby Pythonodipsas » Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:19 am

The symposium was very informative and educational for me and surely benefited many folks. It was nice to see several rural doctors and nurses in the audience.

It was a great relax for me and I enjoyed meeting up with old friends and finally seeing the faces of names i have known for a while.

Thea & Clifton, I take my hat off to you guys for hosting and successfully organizing this important event.
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby froot » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:18 pm

Ok so here's what my camera saw.

Sugar cane fields with relatively quiet roads running throught them, perfect for roadcruising.
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The cane farms have an elaborate irrigation infrastructure with dams that are infested with monitors and crocodiles.
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We did some herping among the fields, Johnny found a spitter.
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I went with to go see Zamokuhle at her home and how she was doing.
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Back at camp.
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Some herps.
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby Mamba no 5 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:37 pm

Did you say crocodiles???
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby Mitton » Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:48 pm

Nice pics froot.
Did you catch that File Snake while herping?
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby froot » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:04 am

Yes, Nile crocodiles.

No the file snake belongs to Swazi, she caught it on a call out. I really like them.
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby mgiddings » Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:33 am

Wow froot, I must say those are great photos! The vine snake photo is awesome!
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby JPWittstock » Fri Feb 26, 2010 6:41 pm

Just a bit of a reality check. I had the priviledge of listening to Dr Bush and his team on Saturday as they spoke about snakebite and first aid measures. They explained in detail what should be done in terms of CPR and the ABC of airway management. I got a call to one of my sites today where my most senior security officer had a heart attack. He had been with me from the day I started my company and was only 35 years old.

Myself and Netcare 911 paramedics tried for over an hour to revive him but to no avail. Taking the information learned from Saturday gave me the confidence to jump right in as I rotated duties with the paramedics performing CPR. We could not revive him but I know we gave him the best chance of surviving that we possibly could.

If any forum members get the chance to attend a CPR course I would strongly recommend it and remember to live your life to the fullest because you never know which day is going to be your last.

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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby swazi » Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:37 am

That's really sad JP, sorry.
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby Bushbaby » Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:31 am

Sorry to hear that JP. I for one would love to do a First Aid course and it's definitely on the books for the near future. I wanted to go ask Dr. Bush's team to show / teach me, but they had been so busy I gave it a miss.
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby swazi » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:58 am

Nice jpics Froot! WOW!!
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby yoson10 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:47 am

swazi wrote:The internet is so slow that I can't even open my pm's!

Do not worry about malaria, just use spray - it's really not a problem. Tick bite fever is much more of a problem! If you go into the bush, make sure you are protected.



Thats great to hear. I got malaria in 2008 in India, and it sucked!!!!! It really was bad and thats coming from a person who has had cancer before. It also was a pain in the ass to get rid of as after I took the medication it relasped like 2 months later and I had to go on the medicine again. I have heard that south africa isnt really a bad area for malaria and that compared to the rest of africa that south africans generally have a much lesser chance of getting malaria. But still if I go to kruger I think I will take every single precaution[even if they appear to be way over the top] to not get it again.
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Re: Swaziland Snakebite Symposium

Postby Cradle of life » Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:57 am

Lovely pics!! I feel very uneasy when i see snakes that have long thin tails being held almost at the tip...........eish.
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