The sun will come out tomorrow... make sure you have sunscreen!
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Well, a whole week has almost come and gone here on the ship. Thought I would do little update to let you know I'm still alive and well here on the Africa Mercy. Currently, I'm in the midship lounge watching I think rugby on tv, but right now its 2 guys in inflatable balls being chased across the field by a shark, I'm really not watching, so I'm as confused as you are.
Anyhoo, I'm on call today, which means I carry around a pager so if they need to do a surgery today I'll be the one to do it. That also means I can't leave the ship. Kinda sad really, but I'm making due. Gives me an opportunity to do nothing for a bit.
This week has gone by fast. I spent the entire week doing VVF surgeries, repairing fistulas in women so they are no longer incontinent.
Work has been going steadily, we do about 3-4 cases a day and each brings their own challenges. We start about 8am and are done usually by 4. We get creative with our cases, we've been using eye packs to do vaginal surgeries (for those that know whats in an eye pack as opposed to a vaginal pack can understand what I mean) Two completely different parts of the body there. Anyhoo, we've gotten to the point where we know what we need and how much of something we need that it actually isn't very wasteful.
Yesterday the sun finally came out. Its been raining continously since I've arrived, so when the sun came out and the sky mostly clear, everybody went out to enjoy it. I had supper out on the dock and watched the big ships unload all their cargo in the harbor. The cool breeze coming off the water was enjoyable. A perfect evening. Today the sun was out again and I spent about 2 hours on the dock reading and then went up to deck 8, where our new swimming pool is and sat up there for another 3 hours. It was very windy and the cool breeze kept us from over heating, but needless to say, you don't realize how much sun you are getting until its too late. I'm a wee bit red at this point. Oh well.
Not sure whats going on tonight, can't go anywhere anyway. Tomorrow I'm going to church and then its another game of settlers in the afternoon. Thats it for now!