Some fast facts: I have yet to see a cigarette here. Women in labor here are alone. Their family waits outside until it's over. The labor area is a large room divided by curtains. There are no sheets or pillows on the bed and the bed is too short to stretch out. Nursing and medical … Continue reading Day 3: Facts of life
I was a little worried after yesterday because we didn't see that many new patients, at least compared to the prior year. Today I stopped worrying. We were very busy in the clinic, seeing mostly new patients...I think we saw 30+ in my room. It was a very interesting mix of people, including several pediatric … Continue reading Day 2: Get your motor running
Today was the first full day of work, which meant getting the Operating Rooms ready, sorting out what supplies go where, and beginning to see patients. I work in the clinical area since I'm not a surgeon, so I worked with the doctors to see patients who need surgery and patients who were following up … Continue reading Day 1: Setting up
Happy to report that all our flights were on time, the connection in Amsterdam was smooth, and all my bags arrived safely in Kigali. I had a very pleasant ride on KLM and would definitely fly with them again. And a big thanks to my daughter for buying me a foot rest hammock for the … Continue reading Safe arrival!
It's hard to believe that one week from today I will be on my way to Kigali. I have collected most everything I will need and just have a few last minute errands to run this weekend. It's been a tough week at work. Lots of pelvic pain and leaky bladders. But this afternoon, my … Continue reading A warmed heart
As we gather with family and friends for the holidays, I want to say thank you for your kindness and support of my mission. I have raised $600 thus far, which puts me about halfway towards my fundraising goal. If you have not donated yet, I would appreciate any amount. My Crowdrise fundraising site is … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
I have created a new Crowdrise website to collect donations for my travel. You can find it here. Thanks for getting the fundraising started. Tickets are purchased! I am excited to be flying from Boston this year, which will cut a few hours out of my travel time. This year I will be on Delta … Continue reading Fundraising for 2017