Blue Soap in Dark Places

Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook


In Uganda there are long bars of blue soap that are used universally for washing yourself and your clothes. This week while on Male Ward I discovered another use. One of our patients was constipated because of some of the medications that he was on. The doctor duly prescribed an enema to relieve the patient’s discomfort.

I was intrigued to see the ward sister prepare a trolley, and it took a few minutes to realise that the trolley was for our constipated patient. Sister went on to place a bucket of warm water on the trolley, with another container which had a rubber tube coming from it, gloves and yes you guessed – blue soap.
After checking that the water was the correct temperature, gloves were put on and the blue soap was used to make the water soapy. Then we half filled the container with the rubber tube coming out of it and we were ready for action. I don’t need to tell you where the rubber tube went, but the next thing I know I am in the pose of a ballet dancer, holding the container up high so that the soapy water could run into the patient’s bowel.

I am pleased to tell you that our treatment was fairly effective after a couple of repetitions! I felt like I was nursing in the days of Florence Nightingale!

Week 6 is over and heading into week 7. Carry on nursing…..

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