Trip Start Aug 14, 2008
23Trip End Feb 15, 2009
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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
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!