The first day of operating

Trip Start Nov 02, 2012
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Trip End Nov 09, 2012


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Flag of Dominican Republic  , La Romana,
Monday, November 5, 2012

We awoke this morning with eager anticipation of the day's responsibilities that lay ahead. Needed to leave a little earlier, we ate a quick breakfast of ham, eggs and toast and piled into the minibus. Monday morning traffic in La Romana was quite a sight to behold. Bobbing and weaving between motos, busses and the occasional mule, Jorge got us safely to the clinic. A bus had been sent earlier in the day to pick up our surgery patients from the Batey where they reside. For them the day would be equally as long.

Having sketched out a plan the night before, we divided the critical tasks amongst the group and Dr. Siapco, Dr. Myers and I began the days cases. Dr. Myers did several phacos, while Dr. Siapco took the time to train me. Two Dominican surgeons were also there today to glean from the experience.
The Lord was truly gracious today--despite the difficult cases, unfamiliar circumstances and new technique, all the cases went well. Dr. Siapco has quite a gift in training other surgeons. As we piled our gear and ourselves back into the minibus, our fatigue was tempered by the sense of accomplishment from days work. After placing the last bag, I closed the back hatch just in time to see a bus passing by, each rider sporting a royal blue eye patch--our patients heading home from a log day for them as well. Tomorrow morning the patches come off.
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