Thanks to the Big Guy
Trip Start Oct 30, 2009
18Trip End Nov 17, 2009
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A horrible situation was handled so well, everyone pulled together around this patient in their own way
An update on the older gentleman I mentioned a few days ago, the one who has the GI block...he's scheduled for surgery on Monday. George and Gary are no doubt going to take great care of him although the prospect of surgery has him very worried. He's lost so much weight and is extremely malnourished yet after being told yesterday that he was going to get surgery he froze and tried to tell us (after the doc had left) that he felt better and was going to go home. Around here a smile and a pat on the knee can go a long way in making people feel less anxious so I'm trying to do that as I scurry by 500 times a day. Think of him and his daughter on Monday- they are from a small mountain town and this whole experience is quite overwhelming for them. Fun sidenote, he has a CAT hat that he's been wearing and I've been able to talk/gesture with him about my father-in-law who also is a CAT fan-I'm going to try to get some pictures up on my computer today to show him.
An interesting experience yesterday was that we went to the market after lunch- it's so colorful and amazing to see how people get basic things-I had noticed in the shops where we hunt for diet coke that there was a lack of these items and there aren't stores like there are in the US
Tonight we are going to try some local fare at a restaurant and then I believe we're going to one of the discotecas...should be interesting! Tomorrow is our day off-we're taking a 2 hour bus ride to the beach for some much needed R&R.
Here are a few more pictures that Jenifer took, it's great having the photographer as a roommate when your camera is broken!
It's wild to hear from people who have come across this blog-I had no idea that my first blogging experience would make it outside of my immediate circle!