We had a great first day in surgery!! All went very well! We all work very well together!
We enjoyed a pancake breakfast at Paula and Denny’s and then attended the morning church service at the clinic. Inspirational AFRICAN singing and a message, attended by our group and the staff at the clinic.
The people had already formed lines to been seen for the day by the MD’S. Patients needing to have surgery were walked down to the new surgery building. Rooms had been established as a pre-op screening, pre-op check-in and recovery area. Dr. Jeff, Dr. Eric and Dr. Kristy saw the patients in preparation for surgery. The first case was started by 10:20am (despite an electricity delay). By the fourth case the patient woke by stating “Am I safe…Good job.” This patient also had a gathering of his Maasai tribe. He went home dressed in his native shuka.
As they finished the last case for the day, a group of us went to the local pub. What a road to walk on…muddy, rocky, deep holes and yet cars still drive on the streets.
We came back for another great meal at Lucy’s and told of the interesting stories of the day.
So we all have responsibilities that keep us busy. Kevin fixed a computer problem and hopefully can help with more computer cabling (now all the cables are strung thru the trees). Keith is helping with small construction projects. Wonder if he will climb up to finish the thatched roof in the eating area?? Hannah is the receptionist in the surgery area and keeping all the documents in line. I cleaned up boxes and tried to organize a few of the hospital supplies….even keeping the outdated items. Rosie and Kathy are assisting with Dr. Brekke in surgery and Sue is keeping her patients sleepy and comfortable. Sandy, Lori and Sally are all working together in pre and post op.
So even after a long day, Jeff, Eric, Rosie and I played a game of euchre!
So even with the interesting water situations all is well.