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Monday, 28 November 2016

More Photos of the trip to and Songhai

·         Created By Krissy Close On 24 Nov, 2016

We Welcomed Four Peace Corps Volunteers Aboard A Few Weeks Ago To Learn All About Helping 
Babies Breathe – A Simple, Low-Resource Algorithm For Newborn Resuscitation That Was Created 
For The Rural Health Centers Where These Volunteers Work For Two Years.  
We Then Sent Them Out With All The Materials Needed To Teach The Class To Their Local Health 
Center Workers!  I Recently Received The Following From One Of The Volunteers:
Yesterday The General Physician And I Led The Entire Staff In The Introductory And Pre-Testing Portion
Of The Help Babies Breathe Training. The Results Were Already Astounding. The Trainees' Enthusiasm
For Their Work Grew Overnight. We Spoke Not Only Of How The Procedure Is Important, 
But Also Reflected On Their Individual Impacts On The Community. 
The Next Morning, The Physician And Several Assistants Rushed To Greet Me. They Were All Smiling 
Ear To Ear. The Physician, With Whom I Had Worked Independently To Share The HBB Curriculum After My Own Training, Had Amazing News. In The Early Morning The Day After Training, A Woman From A Small Settlement Went Into Labor. The Team In The Maternity Ward Was Struggling To Make This A Safe And Comfortable Delivery. The Middle-Aged Woman Had Already Suffered The Loss Of One Child -  Her Previous Pregnancy Ended In A Complicated Birth In Which She Lost Her Strength And The Baby Died Before She Was Able To Deliver. The Baby Was Born Limp, But The Team Moved Quickly And Cautiously, And The Physician Performed The Skills Acquired During Our Training. Today We Have A Beautiful And Happy Baby Boy! Helping Babies Breathe Is Going To Have A Big Impact In My Village And Surrounding Area!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Day Trip

We headed off this morning for a trip to Songhia   The trip was about 45 minutes in the car, in the direction of Porto Norvo and in fact we drove through Porto Norvo.  We were on the look out for some interesting Zimijon (motorbikes) and passengers.  We were amazed at some of what we saw, this included whole families including little babies on their mom's backs and goats and we also saw a car that had about 10 pigs, still alive tied down on the top of the vehicle.  I will post whatever pictures came out.

Songhia is a wonderful place, it is an Eco Centre, with Hydroponics, animal  , including fish, rabbits, guini foal, chickens, turkeys, very large rodents.  They were also making their own plastic, that had mushrooms, very large grapefruit, they made their own bread, clay pots, rice and tons more.  We spent about an hour and a half going on a tour and then ended up having lunch.  We were 3 Mercy Ships vehicles out and when we head home at the end of the day, we were very hot and tired but it had been a good day. We stopped for ice-cream on the way home,  somehow one of our guys new of a proper Italian Ice-cream place and it was a wonderful treat, I had a scope of lime and a scope of strawberry yoghet, but there must have been about 20 different flavours to chose from.

 Petrol being sold , these are found all over even though illegial

Thursday, 24 November 2016

A long week and a Long Weekend again.

This week is one where I see the benefits of Mercy ships and the wonderful work they do.  I have managed to pop done a couple of nights this week to see Pauline and had the opportunity to prayer with her and a few other ladies on Tuesday night.  I took down the serviettes to make flowers and took one already made for Pauline as I didn’t think she would be up for making one and of course she wasn’t but I think she did like to get it.  There were some other ladies who were in the same room and they were keen to make one, so that gave me some time to be in the wards.  I still feel a bit lost without conversation.  I am really terrible at language and keep trying to remember the basics, I tend to remember some words but then can’t remember what they mean so that’s not much good.

After we had made the flowers, I was offered prayer and all the ladies said yes, so we held hands and said a simple prayer for healing and peace. 

I did feel very concerned for Pauline after I left and found out later she had to go back into OR last night as she had developed further infection and I believe she has been in a lot of pain today but she did look a lot better to me this evening when I popped in.  She gave me a small thumbs up but I later heard that the day had not been great for her.  I said a small prayer again this evening for the ladies and have signed up again today to go back to the prison in a couple of weeks’ time.

Tomorrow we have a ship weekend and yippee, I am not on the dreaded pager duty so am going to an Eco site, I believe it is a very nice place to go and they have a great ginger drink.  I will write more about that when I get back. For the rest of the weekend I plan to try and do some life admin and hopefully do some drawing, I have been too tired the last few weeks for that but am very much feeling like I need to draw. 

Prayer requests:  For all the patients and especially Pauline, healing, peace and for me, my tooth is still not right and I am probably going to have to have root canal.  Eekkkkk.  And please prayer for me when visiting patients that I will be able to communicate even though there is the language barrier.  I am considering taking up some French lessons but there is so much to do already, so I need wisdom about what I do take up.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Prison Visit

I woke just after 7 and headed for breakfast, and then got ready to meet the ladies and gents for the prison visit.  The drive was around about half and hour and I was so busy chatting with the driver that I missed a lot of the city sites on the way. 

The prison building seemed to be fairly new and the man who headed up the prison was pleased to see us and had said how pleased he was that people would come and show love to the ladies and men.  It was good to know that he had a heart for the prisoners.

It is quite sad to know that many of the people here have not yet even had a prison date.  They get accused and are assumed guilty until proven innocent, some of them have been here quite a while with no court date even mentioned.  The other sad thing to see is the young children that are in prison with their moms.  You just don't expect to see young children.  I was prepared though as it was the same in Madagascar. 

We started off our time praying for the ladies and Kim had made beautiful name tags for each of the ladies and had written down all the details of the previous visits prayer requests and seemed to know each lady's name and each of their heart aches and prayers. 

A few of the ladies came in and we were very saddened by the first lady, she told us that after the last visit two weeks before, she had found out that her son had been killed on a motor bike on the way to church.  Kim just hugged her and cried with her.  It was quite a shock. 
After the other ladies arrived, we sang some songs in French and then Kim gave a lovely talk about beauty and how God created beautify and how we also loved beautify and were drawn to beauty.  We spoke out what beauty was and how God looks for the beauty of a soft and gently hard and an inner beauty.  Our craft we made I lead, show them all how to make the flowers from the napkins, they were bright pink and they seemed to really love that.

We ended off by praying for everyone who wanted prayer. I prayed with one lady and could just see that the Holy Spirit was ministering to her, I prayed for her needs and then just stayed with her and was quite and she remained engaged with God for quite a while.  It was a real priviledge to pray with her and another lady too, both experienced God's love, I could see that and know that they had been touched by him.

It good to be able to take a hope and show love, its so good to be part of this in some small way.

God is good and His love so much greater than I can know. 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Off to the Prison

Tomorrow morning I am off to the Prison Ministry and we will be doing a Bible Story and then doing a craft  and worship.  I am helping with the craft, we are going to be making flowers, the same ones that I do with the patients.  I will write more when I get back.

I just wanted to thank everyone praying for Pauline,  she is the dental patient, its been a long road for her but she is finally doing a bit bitter, she is still in ICU but improving.  I have managed to just pop down and connect a little bit with her father, I so wish I could speak the language. 

My tooth continues to pain me and it looks like I may have to have a root canal which they can't do here.  They do do front teeth ones but not back teeth, so please pray for a healing.  All has been tried now and I do have some uncomfortable nerve pain, so I will be appreciative of prayer for this

Food for Life Speak from Eliphaz Essah

I attended this session this morning, each Friday one of the Programmes present and I find it so interesting to hear about how Mercy Ships is helping in so many areas.  This is on the Agricultural program and I thought he explained it very well.

On Wednesday 2nd November 2016, the Food for Life train the trainer programme was launched.  Here is Eliphaz Essah's speech from the Opening Ceremony:
"The train the trainers program in Agro-ecology that we are inaugurating this day in the Centre International d’Exp√©rimentation et de Valorisation des Ressources Africaines (CIEVRA) answers actively to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for which our country Benin committed to work in order to get its agriculture community out  of poverty.
This program collaborates with National Partners like: the Fondation Espace Afrique one main Partenaire of Food for Life in Africa. Other partners such as: ALDIPE-ONG, CARDIOP-ONG, GEDDA-ONG, MIERS-ONG, AJAEV and AVAATH work with the program in order to expand agro-ecological approaches in Benin.
Everybody knows that nowadays exists a concern that is a problem all around the world and in particular in Africa; the Climate Change that leaves our farmers in intermittent dilemmas. If nothing is done by 2050, our populations will not know anything other than live with the consequences of a bad management of natural resources. These consequences will include: undernourishment, decrease of agricultural productivity, famine, severe malnutrition, reduction of life expectancy, loss of biodiversity, etc.…
The International Association Mercy Ships, through this train of trainers program, wants to reinforce the capacities of actors of the agricultural development on purely agro-ecological techniques, with the aim to insure a good human and environmental health, a good nutrition and also food security.
In the course of the next 5 months, trainees, coming from Gabon, Ivory Coast and Benin, will receive practical knowledge on:
    • Agro-ecology in the context of climate changes
    • Impacts of climate changes on african agriculture and research of strategies for adaptation and mitigation
    • Agriculture of soil conservation
    • Organic farming
    • Product processing
    • Nutrition
    • Rabbit-breeding and poultry farming  (small farms)
    • wormcomposting  
    • The diagnostic study of agro-ecological innovations in nearby farms
    • Communication for development
·         Entrepreneurship
Mrs the Vice-President of CIEVRA (He Claudine Afiavi Prudencio), Mercy Ships is entirely satisfied with this beautiful workplace that you are offering to us in order to allow beneficiaries to acquire the maximum knowledge which will enable them to be more competitive on the employment market. I take this opportunity to reiterate my deepest gratitude, and i am  assured that the Mercy Ships For Life  program, in partnership with the Fondation Espace Afrique, will leave at the end an indelible impact that I call "Lasting Impact".
May Almighty God bless you.
Thank you.”

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Dental Screening

I went off this morning to help at the dental screening and took my sore tooth with me.  I think this was a good thing, as it really helped me emphasis more closely, what a predicament so many of these precious people are in. 

We were explained the process of selection and why they do not take first come first served.  My understanding is to stop people sleeping over night outside the building, it also stops people from standing in line and selling their places, and it also helps in selecting those who are in the most urgent need.  For all these reasons, the way that it is conducted is for the screening team to go up and down the line and to look for those who have the most need, they also do random checks and they then take as many people as they can for the available appointments that week.  Those who do not get selected may come back the next week and try again.  I have told myself that we have to concentrate on what we can do, but it was still hard and it must be even more so for the screening team.

The screening team got started, my job was security, this meant just making sure that people could see were to line up if more people came and to make sure they were safe on the road when cars came by.   We did have a drunk man who is apparently there each day, he seemed rather harmless and like to conduct the traffic and occasionally had something to say to the patients, I think he saw himself as having a role in keeping them safe and entertained.

On a more serious note,  I watched a woman standing near the front of the queue, the people before her had opened their mouths to be assessed, she observed the process and therefore opened her mouth as they finished with the lady ahead, as she thought she would be next.  But, due to the way we screen, she was not next and  I saw her confusion and shock and felt a deep sadness for her and also for the screening teams as I wondered just how hard that must be for those who have to walk up and down the lines, looking for the most serious cases, they would be seeing this each week.  Knowing the reason didn’t make it easier.

I then watched a young man further down the queue who was seen as the screeners made it further along the line, he open his mouth and the screening team place a acceptance bangle on his arm and he gestured a cross on his heart and gave thanks to God.  He had a gentle, grateful smile on his face and it was very touching but I also felt the pain for all those around him who may not get the opportunity this week to get help. 

Also in the queue and gratefully found early on in the morning, was a young women, her whole face was swollen, her eyes, nose and mouth and cheeks were full of infection and it seemed likely, that without help she would not survive. Once again, I saw the reason we had to screen in this way,  how had she coped with this pain for so long?  She was taken to the ship hospital to receive intravenous anti-biotics and will then be able to receive the help she needs.  I got the opportunity to prayer for her and ask the Lord, to do, what I know He was doing anyway, walking this journey of recovery with her, to help her fully heal and that she will be relieved of pain, not just the physical but the emotional as well.

There was also a lady in the queue who was not a dental patient, she was orthopaedic and we had to inform her that our orthopaedic program is full.  I was astounded to see her arm and her leg, she had obviously broken both at some stage and they had really set badly and she was hoping for help.  Thankfully she was not in pain. 
I am so grateful that many will get help and so heart sore for those that won't & I am also grateful for the new ship that is being built which means more help.

I never thought I would be grateful for toothache but I am for this one, as it has helped me today to have a bit more empathy and I am so grateful that  I will be able to have it helped and that many of those in line will be helped too.

My heart was doing sea saws today on this giant sea saw called the African Mercy.

I will update more over the weekend of the now precious patient in our hospital, its been a hard week for her, we wondered if she would survive. 

Please be praying for her and her father, who has stayed by her side.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Meeting New Patients

This evening after a quite day on the ship, I went down for a short while to visit.  The patients with whom I connected last have left the ship, so I was not sure were to go next.  I met a lady called Elizabeth and her daughter Michele.  Michele was hanging tight to her mom and did not want to be put down for a moment.  I had with me some pink serviettes to make flowers, they seem to really enjoy learning this craft.  Michele her mom says, is scared of the white people, I guess she doesn't usually get to meet us, so I am praying that that fear will diminish as she is loved and cared for here. 

There were quite a few of the ladies came over and also wanted to learn and it was great as each of them slightly cut out the end differently, so each had a slightly different flower.  They asked me for more flowers, of different types, so I am going to have to hit the internet and see what I can find.

I will take a photo soon and post what they look like.

There was another little girl who must have been watching from a distance from her bed and the next thing we knew, she had fallen fast asleep sitting up.  Her mom was one of the ladies that must have just had that artist flare, as her flower came out beautifully.

Tomorrow, it is either the ward service or I will visit the Hope Centre service.  I am hoping to do that as I never got to say goodbye to Mometa and her sister Anita and little Seco. 

Medical Inservice Talk on the Medical Capacity Building Role in Mercyships

Each week, on a Friday, just after breakfast and before work, we have a half hour talk from one of the departments on what they do and how they work towards the aim and mission of Mercyships. Bringing Hope and Healing to the Poorest of the Poor.

This week was the Medical Capacity Building

The following are what the are involved in and with:
  • Courses & Mentoring
  • Donations
  • Agriculture
  • Infrastructure
  • Who Checklist
  • Biomedical
The main mission of this department, is helping to strengthen health care system across cultural barriers.

Some of the Courses are:
  • Essential Pain Management
  • Surgical skills
  • Safe obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia
  • Primary Trauma Care
  • New born resuscitation and helping babies breath
  • I think I missed a couple
The WHO Checklist
This is basically a safe surgery checklist which apparently cuts down hugely on the mortality, complications from surgery and readmission rate. my understanding is that it promotes teamwork and communication for the who surgical teams and they are trained and encouraged to develop their own checklist based upon their own environment and teams.  We provide the training as it can be a difficult transmission but after about 7 - 10 practise it becomes a very helpful tool for them.

Our surgeons also come alongside others for Surgical and Anaesthesia Mentoring during our time in country.

There is a partnering and mentoring program for nurses on the wards, the biomedical teams and serialisation.  They also help train technicians on how to use equipment that has been donated.

Our Ponsetia clinic, alongside others and help train them up to do the ponsetti technique which is a simple, non intrusive technique used to correct club feet.  This takes a series of stretching and casting that slowly brings the feet around until they are straight, at this point, there is a simple surgery which cuts the achilles tendon (in children this is not a major thing and they heal quickly and well.  After this stage, their are braces,  our team comes alongside and trains in each of these stages, so that when the ship leaves, there is a trained team and a physical environment for this technique to be practices. 
we have found that it is much more effective to train a team then an individual who needs to go back into a team and make changes. 

Agricultural Training:
This includes nutritional training , healthy food, nutritional agricultural development, within this they do a 4 week, train the trainer programme.

Infrastructure, includes renovation, construction, upgrades and maintenance.

I hope to get more indepth input into these as time goes on.  The agricultural programme is not as far away from the ship as it was in Madagascar so soon, I should be able to go on a trip there.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Another Goodbye, Dancing on the Dock and Worship

Its been a full but good day today, we went off ship to have lunch to say goodbye to Jonny and Steph who are leaving to go back to New Zealand.  I have really enjoyed working with Jonny, so am sad that he is leaving. 

After getting back we finished off the week with some Contraband dancing on the dock, although I find it hard to follow the dances and usually am about to learn them when the dance finishes, it was still great fun and the young kids really seemed to enjoy it. 

We then said a final farewell to Jonny and Steph and heading into the International Lounge for a time of really beautiful worship. 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Part Day off Computers and off to the Deaf School

I should have some photos to come of this experience.  It late in the service for me to get started with Mercy Ministries but its been such a busy start to the service and I have also been a bit unwell for a while, nothing serious but feeling like I am coming down with something and being awfully tired and on top of the have had a bit of tooth ache.  I am seeing a dentist onboard but it has taken a bit out of me.  So last week I was supposed to go the the Deaf School but really was not well enough to go, in fact it was the first day, I just needed to lie down for an hour, forgetting of course that it was a Thursday and that we were having a Fire Drill, so just as I started to snooze, the alarm went and off I had to dash to the Server Room as I am on the IS Emergency Team.  Soon as we got there, they issued a Abandon Ship alert and we all marked down the gangway to a very hot Benin sun.

So today was infact the first time to go.  It was a very touching experience.  The children were between the ages of about 5 and 15, both girls and boys.  The staff there were very loving towards the children and they looked well looked after but it just dawned on me how little they had, and of course, how much we have, or I have. The floors were concrete and stayed and their classroom was just a chair for each child, and no other frills at all.  We spend time with a bible story of the 10 virgins and the oil lamps, the lady who was telling the story had a lovely way of including the children and a couple of us in the acting out of the story and we all had a little giggle at the sleeping virgins who didn't have their own oil, the noises and expressions were very sweet.  After that we cut up some paper plates and make them into lamps.  This experience was rather full on for me, too many people asking for help at the same time but the children seem to enjoy it and we ended off playing a little bit of skipping, blowing bubbles and some ball games.

This is just one of the ministries that we go to during the week.  I will describe the others I find out more about them.

Photos to come .....

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Hospital Tour and the IS Team

Our Department today went on a hospital tour, this takes you around as if you were a patient coming on-board.  It is to give us the experience so we can know how a patient must feel coming along to this ship for the first time.

This is a picture of our now full team, although we lose Jonny on Friday which is sad, we will all miss him.  From left to right is Will, Ryan, Zach, Jonny, Jasper, Me and Elfred.

Don't you love the hat.

The tour started by getting a picture of a patient and we were asked to image how it may have been for this particular person when they first came to the ship. We were introduced to the initial story of Mercy Ships and how after a hurricane years ago, Don Stephens our founder was standing in a locker and a young lady prayed that it would be great to have a ship, fully supplied with everything it needed to come and help people.  That was many years ago.

We then moved down off the ship to the Admissions tent were they first arrive, many of the patients would have travelled far and are very unfamiliar with what they will experience here.  So the first part of the journey is a lot of education and also questions about health and family.  The admissions nurses do an amazing job of explaining every part of the journey. They explain the entire procedure, what it is like to get blood and to have blood tests, down to how it feels to have the needle put in. They are also show pictures of other patients before and after photos so that they are properly prepared for how they may look after a skin graft for instance. 

After admissions, they take the journey up the gangway, which for many is a very strange experience and also difficult, depending on their ailment. 

We then went on a tour of the different departments that the patients would potentially travel through.  We have 5 different wards, including an ICU unit.  We were not taking into the wards for patients comfort but we did get dressed up as seen above in scrubs so that we could go through the OR and sterilised area of the ship and were able to look through the windows at ongoing surgeries, I think a couple of the guys did feel a bit weezy but did remain standing. The other areas that we saw was Radiology, there is a CAT scanning equipment and other XRay machinery, there is a full lab for all the blood works and of course, we the crew are the blood bank.  I have only needed to give blood once so far, as we have crew from all over the world, we get to put our mark on the Wall World Map to see were all the blood comes from.   We also saw hospital supplies and some of the general office areas.  

The experience was a good one, one that allowed me to get a walk through of the patients experience and also got some important questions answered.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

A Visit to the Patients

It was a good way to end the day, after dinner I took some napkins down, some red, some pink and some white.  These are just perfect for making paper flowers as Sandra showed me last year and its a really good craft to do, it doesn't take too long but it brings beauty quickly and smiles to those who see the flower slowly unfold from the simple napkins. 

This evening there was a new lady on the ward who initially said no she was not interested in making the flowers but as she watched, I saw her curiosity build and by the time we were unfolding the first flower (photos to come), she was enthusiastically attempting to make one and as she did she flowered too, a smile came forth, not just on her lips but in her eyes too.  She had a huge deformity on one eye and her mouth too was totally deformed, I am not sure how she was eating as there was not space at all for her to open her mouth anymore, this is common here and thankfully the wonderful doctors can do something about this, both from a point of view of restoring eating ability but also to restore dignity that is taken from these young precious lives.  I left the ward feeling heart sore at what this young women must have gone through before now.  How pleased I am we are here and these surgeries are possible.

The young baby Seco was playing mischievously again this evening. If he could find a flower to break or a cloth to pull at, or something to pull off the bed, he was there doing it.  He is a really cutie and his mom, the patients sister, a real gem.  She seemed hard when I first met her, but she is the first one to give up her craft for the new person who comes over and is always thinking of others.  I do hope I can write her a letter to tell her who special she is.  I think I may see if I can draw her picture and little Seco, I know I have spelt that wrong but its how you pronounce it.

I heard from Fifilianna's mom the other day too, that was the little girl in Madagascar, the Wee Artist I called her, it was lovely to hear from her.  It warmed my heart to see her say that she hopes we can meet again one day.  I do too. 

Some Posts don't Make it to the Blog

I realised today that not all I type makes it to my blog, Dad said to me that he thought I had not posted as much this time.  I felt that was strange as I know I wrote some more things earlier in the week.  I think I writing drafts and then forgetting to post them, some are also on my work computer, as I do a few minutes blogging at the beginning, lunch time or the end of the day. I will go and check on my computer later and see if there are any things waiting to be posted, but they may not be in a good order.

I have just come back from going off ship to a hotel nearby with a friend to have her hair cut (you should see mine, or maybe not)  and to have some lunch.  Whilst she was having her hair cut, I sat down to read my book, I am reading a autobiography on Helen Keller, I had no idea she was blind and deaf.  After popping along the corridor to visit the ladies, I came back and was asked by an African gentlemen on the way back. 

"Hey, are you from Mercyships",  he went on to tell me the most amazing story of how he was a day worker on the ship about 7 years ago when the ship was in Benin.  He is actually from Cameroon, which is were we are going next year for the field service.  He told me how he had come on as a day crew worker as a translator and that his life was transformed whilst he was here.  He said that before, He had come from a world were life was all about making money and taking advantage of other people to make a buck but on the ship, he had experienced a very different life, one were people came from far and wide, all paying to come here to help other people.  The effect on him was transforming, he realised that there was so much more to life and he wanted to live his life this new way.  He started by attending a bible school and getting some counselling training and now he wanted to go back to Cameroon and not work for Mercyships, but take with him what he learnt here. He has formed a business and training idea to take back home where he can help others and train other to train others, a model he saw here on the ship.  You could really see his passion for God and for helping others, the love of others obviously being born in His love of God and how that relationship has transferred his heart for others.  He told me a sad story of his upbringing, his mom leaving when he was 3 and being put in a family were he was punished aggressively for any small mistake he made.  He found himself one day at a seminary and witness the love of God, he didn't want to go home but had to.  He told me how know he wanted to help others and that he could do that under God's guidance, as he listened to people, he prayed and asked God to help him give and encouraging word to whomever he came across.  I was just so amazed how this lovely man and conversation came out of a sitting down to read a book.  A God-incidence I know.  My vision although not to form a company but would be similar to help to bring encouragement and healing to those whom God brings across my path.

God has been close this week, He has been speaking truths to me and helping me work through some areas.  In the midst of the darkness there is always His light. He doesn't bring us into situations that He won't bring us through.  Each day I walk with Him here, He teaches and counsels me with new things. 

Tomorrow I am going off ship again,  I have been invited to a house church with some other South Africans.  That will be so good.  Hearing my homelands accent always brings a feeling of home.  On this ship were we have so many nationalities, it also feels like home,  a little glimpse I guess of heaven.

I will try and find my rough posts tomorrow and post them but they will just be random writings but I will post them anyway as there are little bits of life on the ship.

God is good.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

A New Week, Patient Visit

We heard that our patient who had such and emergency on the weekend is doing ok.  I will post more info when I have some.

I have had an interesting day, not many other roles I have had, have taken me into the middle of surgery.  We had a computer down in the OR and we have a big operation tomorrow so I needed to make sure the computer would be up in time, so off into the OR room I went.  Step one in this procedure is getting into the right gear,  a blue hat covering my hair, a yellow hospital gown and some blue overshoes.  It was a little nerve racking, as I entered and walked past the patient and the doctors, I was nervous of knocking something over.  Once I had diagnosed the issue, I had to make a phone call to get some firewall settings sorted, and again I was nervous of distracting the doctors. Thankfully all was well, the issue got sorted and off I went.  Almost too quickly, as I nearly forgot I had the hat the shoes on, and saved by Bronnie who asked me if I would like to pass them back, I made it to supper without blue hat and shoes.

Later this evening after my two prayer groups, I headed back down to the ward and sat for a while and made some paper flowers with one of the patients sister.  She is the same lady whom I meet the previous time.  I didn't' spend too long tonight but it was good to connect again.  I noticed her sister who is about 17 but I think who does have some development issues, was contently colouring, she had such concentration, I think there is a little artist looking to get out.

I am possibly going to help out tomorrow for the eye screening.  It starts at 6:30 so I best be settling down.