Long weekend

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Xray of a jaw tumor

Wow, sorry its been awhile since I've updated.  I had to go through my journal to make sure I don't forget anything!

Work this past week has been crazy.  We've had 3 surgeons, 2 maxfax (facial) surgeons and one general surgeon, so there have been some very big cases that have lasted late into the evening.  Some nights we didn't get off until after 7pm.  We removed a large mass from a 4 month old's face on Thrusday, it was an exciting case, and not necessarily in a good way, but luckily the baby is fine and doing well.  Some other interesting cases as well.  I think next week we'll have 2 eye surgeons and an endocrine surgeon as well as the 2 maxfax surgeons, another busy busy week. 

Thursday night is our big community worship, its full of praise songs and then ends with a speaker.

4 month old with a facial tumor
  This weeks speaker was a man by the name of Nick Vujicic, an Aussie (now living in LA) who was born without any arms or legs.  He has a little stumpy foot that he calls his 'chicken wing'.  He's a motivational speaker and had a great message for us and for Liberia.  He's doing a 10 country tour in 10 weeks and Liberia was his first stop.  It was awesome to meet him.  I would like to continue on and tell you more but you can go to his website: lifewithoutlimbs.org (check out the video Mercy Ship Hospital Visit- let me know what it is like cause I can't play it here)

Every Saturday morning, I get the privilage to go to a wonderful orphanage and see all my little friends.  I just love playing with the kids.  We do crafts and stories with them and they sing and dance for us.

Nick Vujicic
  Today we told them the story of The Hungry Catapeller and our memory verse was "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation.  The old has gone and the new has come."  These kids love learning new verses.  My little friend, Jeremiah, who attaches himself to my arm as soon as I get out of the car, loves to stand up in front of the group and recite verses.  Today he did 6, which is amazing for a little 8 year old.  I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said a prophet- I can see it.  It was super hot today, but that didn't stop us from playing jumping rope or duck duck goose or even Red Rover.  It was a blast.

So this weekend is a ship holiday, so we got Friday and Monday off.

Craft time
  Friday, I went shopping with some friends to Duala market, bought some pretty lapas (fabric) to make a skirt and a matching bag.  We stopped at a local grocery store (which are very expensive and most locals don't shop there cause they have the markets) and Erika bought some supplies to make apple pie- which she did tonight and it was very yummy! 

Erika and I got invited out by our friend, Wendy, a nice lady from the UK who works in sterilizing, to join her and some friends for dinner at P.A. Rib House.  It was a long drive and we were going in the dark and none of us had been there before, so needless to say we got a little bit lost.  We drove up and down the streets in all directions, but never really seeing the restraunt.

Dinner at PA Rib House
  Finally, after stopping and asking 4 times and getting 4 different directions, someone said they would be willing to take us there.  The place was worth all the hassle of getting there.  It was very Americanized, a sports bar type atmosphere.  We all ordered BBQ ribs with Jack Daniels sauce.  Erika and I were the only Americans there so we had to teach the brits how to eat American BBQ (they've never had a corn muffin before!)

Today was Hawa's birthday.  Hawa is one of our translators who works in the OR.  Even though they speak english here in Liberia, its so heavily accented that we have trouble communicating with our patients.  Anyhoo, it was her birthday so a group of us from the OR decided we should go visit her at her home.

Fotios plays Happy Birthday to Hawa
  She lives about 2 hours by taxis away, but we were up for an adventure.  Luckily, we got luckily and made it to her house in good time.  It was fun, she made us rice and i can't remember the name of the dish but it was chicken with potato leaves.  Very spicy. 

So ended the day with another game night.  It is Jason, our general surgeon's last night, so we played a ton of games.  Started out playing settlers (I won!).  Then moved on to Dutch Blitz, a fun and fast moving card game.  Than ended with Spoons.  That game turned deadly.  After being kicked out of the lounge cause we were being too loud after curfew, we moved to the international lounge, which is where we have our community meetings so its a big room.

The final 3
  Six of us played and fights broke out and races and spoons and cards and bodies were flying every where.  For those that don't know what spoons is, think a card version of musical chairs- you pass the cards around until someone gets 4 of a kind and then grab a spoon if you don't get a spoon you lose.  I have bruises and scraps and blood was drawn a couple of times.  Nobody broke a bone or any chairs, so thats a good thing.  We played late in the night- its now 2am.

Tomorrow I'm on call so its a cleaning day.  Monday is beach day!  Yeah!

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Xray of a jaw tumor
Xray of a jaw tumor
4 month old with a facial tumor
4 month old with a facial tumor
Nick Vujicic
Nick Vujicic
Craft time
Craft time
Dinner at PA Rib House
Dinner at PA Rib House
Fotios plays Happy Birthday to Hawa
Fotios plays Happy Birthday to Hawa
The final 3
The final 3
Anesthesia get a little crazy afte…
Anesthesia get a little crazy aft…
Nick visits the ward
Nick visits the ward
Nick loves getting hugs
Nick loves getting hugs
The kids love to play with white …
The kids love to play with "white…
Jason & Lanitas (the final 2) mad…
Jason & Lanita's (the final 2) ma…
The survivors- I mean players
The survivors- I mean players
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