Inside Looking Out

17 thoughts on “Inside Looking Out”

  1. Wow, what a story! Thanks Lori, and everyone, for bringing your journey to life for all of us to read back home. Can’t wait to see you.

  2. Oh my goodness!! What a great blog. We had no idea what you were experiencing but now have a better idea. I know that you will all come home with a different feeling of life. I know our daughter will. What a great experience!! Thank all of you for everything you have done and safe travels home. We love you Heather!! Have fun on your Safari!!

  3. Thank you for not only providing physical care and health to so many, but also social, financial, emotional and spiritual care! Thank you for your selfless giving – each one of you! May you be refreshed as you return to the States; to families, friends, work and recreation. Abundant blessings!

  4. Grateful for these beautiful stories & lives, thanks for sharing with us as we pray & support all of you.

    Boys & I can’t wait to hug you, Devin. xoxo

  5. Lori…. I can just see it all, especially the animated hand waving and smiles out the window; no privacy as they share each other’s burdens and stories. Every life is a story – thank you for bringing us a glimpse into the reality of theirs. We live with so much abundance but are no richer in love for life than those without.

  6. This really illustrated what life is like for patients and their families in Yetebon. Wow. Thinking of you as you start homeward travel!

  7. Thank you for not only providing physical care and health to so many, but also social, financial, emotional and spiritual care. Thank you for your selfless giving-each one!
    May you be refreshed as you return to the States; to family, friends, work and recreation. Abundant blessings!

  8. Thank you for painting such a detailed picture of the patients and life in Yetebon for your team.

    Not sure if Team 1 will get this message but have a safe trip home.

  9. Thank you for sharing your experiences! I have found all your blogs very interesting and educational. Job well done by all!!! Miss you Heather 🙂 We’ll be seeing you soon!
    Wendy Engh

  10. Wow, what a beautifully written blog! I feel like I am there observing the room, the mood, the men in the window the laughter and the tears. I share the tears. this is so moving. I have been out of town so I have missed most of the blogs from your trip. I plan on reading them all. Thank you to all involved. The world is a better place because of you.

  11. Wow! hard to believe’s it’s been almost 2 weeks — it went so fast, and yet I can’t wait for my husband and son to return home (as surely everyone’s family feels). What some amazing experiences, just reading them has deeply touched me. I can only imagine how all of you have been touched and changed. So interesting the different approach to medicine – not telling the patient they are dying. That is probably better for some people (I think I would prefer that). I love how happy the people sound, and yet they have so little! I agree with the comment that you all have done so much not only medically, but also in giving hope and friendship. You will all be in my prayers for a safe return home. Can’t wait to see my boys! and have you home. XOXO

  12. Dearest Lori ,
    I knew within the first two sentences that it was you who was writing the blog today! Your eloquence in bringing the reality of peoples’ lives to us is a treasure. The stories bring it all to life. I am grateful that you are there sharing your heart and soul and expertise. Giving outside of ourselves is a wonderful lesson. Thank you to your team for doing this on a daily basis. It is who you are.
    Love,
    Gretchen

  13. Thanks for sharing these stories–if you hadn’t walked around to meet with patients the one family might never have found the financial support they needed. Its amazing that your trip is already coming close to an end! Hope it was a good experience! Goodluck on the remainder of your trip.

  14. Oh, sweet, Lori! What a beautiful, sad, poignant, generous, joyful story! That is medicine in all its complexities. You capture it so well. So, Team One, you must be greeting Team Two, loading up, and maybe taking the same vans they arrived in back to the capital. It’s obviously been an intense 10 days, with still a long journey home, You have worked very hard, and graciously shared your impressions and feelings and stories, too. Thank you so much! You’re very inspiring. I just noticed the Addis Ababa forecast has a 40% chance of rain in it for this evening — now that will be exciting for everyone there. This El Niño year has been difficult for many around the world. Here at home, I was reminded that after complaining a bit about our dismal weather yesterday, that it usually never stays that way for long — by afternoon, the sun came out and we had fine evening. Sunny again today, then tomorrow drizzle, maybe a thunderstorm, and highs in the upper 40sF, then sunny and 45F on Saturday! Is it February? Oh, I did not mean to imply that Harry Potter’s Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) and Great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) are Ethiopian, just of the same genus as the eagle owls there, pardon. My mom loved watching an Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio), a rufous one with horned ears and bright yellow eyes, that peered out from a wood duck house near her front window. She name it ‘Ollie’, and I think, ignored the fact that it was likely dining on sparrows that frequented the bird feeder under its gaze. Life. Many thanks for your fine service at Project Mercy, Team One! Have a good journey home, and smooth flights, and a warm homecoming. Safe travels, keep on, more soon, John

  15. Thank you for sharing these amazing stories, Lori! Thank you to the team for supporting Shamoro and his family, and for all the good energy you have all poured into touching so many lives there. Of course now I’m all weepy and have to get back to work. Today is the day you’re travelling back — hoping you have save easy and restful travels. I don’t know how you do it, medicine is quite overwhelming on many levels. Peace!

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