An update I emailed out, minus pictures unfortunately...
I just wanted to send ya’ll a little update on my time here in Congo so far – I’m sorry it took so long to send something out like this…I try to update my blog a little more frequently, so feel free to check out www.blogspot.wherescwaldron.com as well as befriend me on Facebook.
It was a very hard day – Nick (my boss) and I felt like we had to turn away more people than accept. Thankfully most of the diagnoses were evident if it was a condition we could or could not help with surgically for orthopedics. Our other rehab team members helped out with the plastics screening portion.
Biking & camping trip to the beach about 40 km away
Life on the ship is busy, though it perplexes me how it can be so busy seeing as I have no commute time, and don’t have to grocery shop or cook my own food. That should make up for at least an extra hour per day! There is something usually each night that I participate in, whether it’s Bible study, Tuesday night pizza, inservices, meetings or ultimate Frisbee. This past week our rehab team went to the house of Bob, one of our dayworkers. His sister prepared a wonderful meal of 2 kinds of fish, chicken, fried plantains, rice, and a bean/cassava leaf mixture. We met more of his family and had a good time of laughter, stories and fun. He recently moved to this house which is very far away on the outskirts of Pointe Noire, but has 3 bedrooms, a common room and a kitchen. It houses him and his 2 boys, his brother and sister in law with their 2 children, and his sister who will be returning to her home in Brazzaville soon. Elly, his sister, worked all day to prepare the meal for us, so we felt very honored.
So just wanted to give you a little picture of what life has been like so far – God is definitely teaching me a few things through this change in position that I am not able to do everything on my own, sometimes my typical approach to a problem may not always be the best, and overextending oneself does have some consequences. I invite you to pray with me on these things:
· Healing for our patients (especially our plastics patients that are still hospitalized – particularly Geril, one of my favorites and a sweet teenage boy with deep wounds between his fingers)
· Being a support to my friends and accepting their help when I’m overwhelmed
· Adequate staffing for rehab – particularly late Nov/early Dec when staff changes and someone is on vacation and in Jan – March when the 2nd block of plastics runs yet outpatient ortho is in full tilt
· Health and safety – I’ve had a little bit of a runny nose the last few days
· Actively pursuing God and not being passive in my relationship with Him
· Figuring out how to be the best team leader I can for rehab – protecting and caring for my team, managing cross cultural differences, providing an atmosphere of spiritual growth