6 days ago
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Dominican Mission Part 1
One day there and one day back is spent in travel, leaving us with 6 mission days in the field.
Each morning we awoke to our missionary's wife, Cindy cooking a wonderful homemade breakfast for us, with freshly squeezed juice right out of the yard! We started each day with devotions and prayer followed by these delicious meals!!
This is Lisa, (a veterinarian in real life) on the left, who was on the OR team with me. Jeff (an ophthalmology sales rep) on the right scrubbed cases with me and is here helping set up our converted room.
Another day of set-up at a different mission church about 2 hours away. This is our means of sterilization...pressure cookers! We brought propane with us to fuel the burners and sterile indicators to make sure the instruments were processed in the proper way. Each load took more than half an hour.
Our "instrument tech" was Bernie who we called "Cookie"...because he "cooked" the instruments for us.
There were so many little things that had to be thought through and solved each day...example: the old OR bed that we used, had wheels, so to prevent moving, we used plastic bowls to hold them still. Each time one of us thought up another "innovation"...we would call out, "brilliant"!!
Each day we had new and unique bathroom conditions. Each day we sent in one strong person to check them out for us. Each day, someone came back shaking their head stating "You are never going to believe this!"
On this particular day, this was it. The men just laughed. We, ladies, had to form a plan of exactly how to use this. Sigh.
PS...bring along your own TP and hand sanitizer!!!
To be continued.....