Day 9: Headed home

The last day always has a way of both seeming far away and coming way too soon. I feel like I have been here for much longer than 9 days, but I am ready to be home. I never sleep very well here (despite being exhausted) and working in the heat is hard on my … More Day 9: Headed home

Day 5

Today I continued to work on all the little jobs that pop up as the mission goes on. One of the women (Donatha) had a very long surgery yesterday–8 hours. She had a complicated problem that required an abdominal surgery. She had a 103 degree fever this morning, which made us worried that she might … More Day 5

Day 4

I am writing this on Thursday as I was too tired to write last night. My duties always slow down at this point as we have nearly finished seeing patients in the clinic. The team is now focused on operating and monitoring the patients who have had surgery. My tasks now include filing, ensuring medications … More Day 4

Day 3

It’s almost 9pm here and it’s pouring down rain. I just got back to the hotel after walking to dinner and back. I hope to get to sleep a bit earlier tonight after a long and hot day seeing patients. It has been nice to be away from the cold, but hot is still hot. … More Day 3

Day 2

It’s so very late and I must get to bed, but I wanted to write a little. Today was a good day. We were able to see many more patients and the team began operating today. We will have 5 women to visit in the post-op area tomorrow. We will give them ibuprofen (Advil) and … More Day 2