Things are busy around here on the Africa Mercy and I haven’t had time to share any stories this week. In true Monsoon Season fashion, it is pouring outside as I write this. I half expect the animals to start lining up two by two…but here is a little overview of this past week, which was great (in spite of the weather)!
Aren’t you impressed my phone is in French to help me learn? Ya, autocorrect is a real joy these days.
Tuesday I stood in and watched a surgery – the tumor removal of a 6-year-old little boy named Alya. He is cute as can be, and recovering well! He was discharged from the hospital Friday. Watching a surgery was so cool, and maybe a little gross. I won’t go into detail since some of you might be enjoying your Sunday morning Cheerios or something.
Also, scrubs rock.
Thursday we went out to an off-site eye screening in Symphonia, about 45 minutes drive from the port. Our team left the ship at 4 a.m. during a lightening storm and had a few hiccups along the way…like taking a wrong turn and crossing an unmarked “security barrier” in front of the Presidential Palace. We were then stopped by the presidential police who were, um, not pleased. Je suis desolee? But all’s well that ends well, and by no small miracle they let the 5 of us go.
We finally made itÂ as the sun came up (behind some rain clouds) and saw the line was over 150 people long already.
And today, I have been doing thrilling things like laundry, sewing buttons on a shirt (help.) and writing this post while missing Cricket. Until now I’ve resisted blogging about how cute she is 8 days a week, but that’s about to change – because who doesn’t want to see more photos of this adorable face?!
Sigh. She can cheer me up on even on sad, rainy, days. We all have them – like the day before I left for Africa when some friends and I downloaded the “aLike” app…um, that day was especially upsetting:
But Cricket came to the rescue, as always. Patting my back and telling me I don’t really look like that guy from Lord of the Rings.
Which is why I really miss her.
But I wouldn’t trade this adventure I’m on for anything, because I look outside at the sunset, and the clouds part,
and I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
Adios amigos, hope your week is as sunny as mine, even if it’s raining. ;-)