Settling in

Trip Start Aug 14, 2008
Trip End Feb 15, 2009

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Monday, August 25, 2008

I finally feel as though I have settled in.  My family has continued to be extremely welcoming.  The young girls keep me entertained!  I am starting to get used to the food - it's a huge change of textures, tastes, consistencies, and eating of entire animals...

I am now starting on my second week of work.  At the hospital, I am working with the physical therapist there (who also happens to be the anesthesiologist, the person who does the circumcisions, and resetting bones and making of casts).  Everything in Africa is slow, including work.  We do a lot of sitting.  On a typical day, we see 3-4 patients for PT. And we treat so differently in that way as well!  Not a lot of exercise, which John claims because they don't have exercise equipment AND that there isn't enough time to do it there:)  I watched a surgery on Friday of a c-section...the baby was dead.  I came back to work today to learn that two of the patients we saw who had strokes had dies over the weekend.  On  Tues/Thurs I am at the school.  They are on summer vacation, but about 25 come over the summer.  The curriculum is left up to us volunteers, but we must teach English.  With a classroom filled with 5-15 year olds, we have gotten quite creative on how to involve everyone!

I attended a funeral on Saturday for the sister of my host mother.  We were there at 9 am, church lasted 3 hours, then cemetary, then food and lots of dancing.  My host mother had a Ghanian dress made for me for the occasion.  I will include some pictures.

I am getting used to the heat, mosquitos, bathing with a bucket of water, squatting to pee pretty much anywhere you want (ok...haven't gotten used to that one).  The people are wonderful.  Everyone wants you to learn the Ewi language, eat the food, and enjoy yourself.  And, yes, the marriage proposals continue to roll in each and every day!

Hope all is well on your end!
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billdarla77 on

Love you, Sarah
So glad to read a bit more about what your days are like... love you, and keeping you close to my heart.. Mom

lizhoobchaak on

Hi Sarah!
Sarah....I am so glad to hear that things are going well. We are all so proud of you and miss you very much. It is not the same without you. Enjoy every minute of your time in Africa!

jbullistron on

Hi Sarah!
Thanks for sharing your experience. It's just amazing to hear and see (your pictures) how life is in Africa, especially from an American's point of view. God be with you Sarah!

akuczera on

Hi Sarah
I am so glad that you are doing well! I love reading your blogs to see how different your world has now become. I am so proud of you!! We miss you at work...I saw your handwriting the other day and got teary-eyed. Good luck and have fun!

ralindquist on

Missing you
Hi luv!
You are truly amazing. As I read your entries I wonder if I could do anything as grand as you. You have such a beautiful heart and I am so proud that you are my friend. Stay safe and strong Sarah...You are seeing life at its most raw and hard times. Love you..Becky

grimmja on

Great to hear
Great to hear from you Sarah- so exciting to see and learn what you are up to. You continue to be in my prayers as well as the prayers of everyone at Advent. Peace to you.

tta0405 on

Hi Sarah!
I get so excited to see a new message from you! So glad you made it there safely and sounds like you have a warm and wonderful family to take care of you! It is so interesting to read all the new things you are encountering-keep them coming when you can! You are missed and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers! Love ya, Tracy

grimmad on

From Logan
'I hope you have a great time there! I hope you get used to all the stuff. I love you. I hope you have a great time. Have you seen any animals? Are there bears there? And lions? I love you sooooo much. Love, Logan.'

Hey Sarah,

It's so cool to hear your stories and see the pictures, amazing!! I bet you're filling up with such wonderful experiences, I'm proud of you:) I love you, Anna

kmgalles on

ya voo
Hello white person! You look beautiful and very happy amongst the Ghanians. Keep the pictures and stories coming as you are able. To be honest seeing your pics made me miss you even more - if that's possible. Love, Kyla

billdarla77 on

Love you
Sarah, it's wonderful to see your photos! Love to you and to your host family from us:) Mom

galles on

Yo Voo
Glad to hear and see you are doing well and enjoying your new way of life. It's fun to read about it and see the photos too.

Are YOU eating animals??? You must remember that upon your return to the United States you cannot pee where ever you wish - we do have private and public restrooms for that!! Also, be sure to tell that to your new 'husband', whom ever that may be, when you bring him back with you!

Enjoy yourself, your new friends and experiences.


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