Still in Liberia
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Ok, if you are checking the calender, you might be wondering how come I'm still in Liberia. After all I am supposed to be on a plane right now heading to Brussels, right? Well, I could say I lost my passport or missed my flight, but the truth is that I am not ready to leave Liberia or the ship yet. So, after a lot of praying, emailing and phone calls, I am still on the ship and will be coming home on December 23.
Lots of things have been happening this week, surgeries offically ended last Friday, but we still ended up doing 3 cases during the week. The last 3 patients were transfered out to local hospitals today. Update on Kollie, we brought him back on Monday and inserted a drain from the large pocket of fluid where the CSF seeps out and collects between his eyes and tunneled it under the skin and allows the fluid to drain into his abdomen.
Our main goal for the week was to pack up the OR and prepare the ship for sailing. Its easy to forget that this hospital is on a ship and this ship does sail from time to time. That time is coming up very soon and we'll be heading out of Liberia to Tenerife, part of a group of Spanish islands between Spain and Africa.
The atmosphere on the ship has been changing.
Erika went home today. I said goodbye to her on the dock. She's excited to be going home, but it'll be wierd not having her here. This is the first time we haven't been at least 8 minutes apart for over a year.
Tomorrow they are turning off the entire ship. The engines need to be worked on and they can't do that if the power is on, so they are turning everything off, from electricity to toliets to AC from 7a-7p tomorrow. If all goes as plan, we'll have power after dark. So wish us luck and if you don't hear from me, that means we are still in the dark.