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 … Continue reading Day 2
In case you are new to my blog, this is my third year working with IOWD on a medical mission to Rwanda to treat women with a childbirth related injury called fistula. I won't recap all the same details as in prior years, so if you feel lost, go back to day 1 in 2016 … Continue reading Day 1: We begin
Hard to believe that in 8 days, I will be sitting on board a plane headed to Amsterdam, then Kigali. My daughter asked me how far away Rwanda is, and we had to look it up to find the answer (6,785 miles). The trip there is long--two 8 hour flights, but I have accumulated travel … Continue reading Eight days to go
I am so excited to announce that I am headed back to Rwanda for the third year. I will be there for 9 days at the end of January/February 2018. I will put up a link for fundraising soon, but I was thrilled to see that the airfare was significantly less expensive than in prior … Continue reading Headed back in 2018
I was so drawn so the children of Rwanda. I took so many photos that I thought I would share a collection of them here. Some photos are from the hospital, as children often accompany their parent during their hospitalization. Other photos are from the gorilla trek, where children came out from their homes to … Continue reading Children of Rwanda
I am sitting in the Amsterdam airport (which is very nice, by the way), having completed the first leg of my 14+ hour plane ride home. I slept through most of the first 8 hours, which made the time pass quickly. Before I left yesterday, I rounded with them team to see all the postoperative … Continue reading Day 9: Heading home
I have so much to share about my day, so I apologize in advance that this post is long. Today was really one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I posted a few gorilla pictures on Instagram--> and will post more later. We drove 3 hours north from Kigali yesterday and spent the … Continue reading Day 8: Gorillas!