Mary Beth Yosses, PACU nurse: 33 hours after leaving my house on 5/11, we arrived at the hotel in BeiBei, a small university town just outside of Chongqing, China. Whew! It was quite a journey: we had a 7 hour lay over in Hong Kong, a city I find to be more overwhelming than New York! Today we screened 109 patients during clinic day. We'll do eight cleft lips and palates patients tomorrow, mostly 1- 5 years old but one patient who is 16.
The people are charming, industrious and extremely intelligent. Luckily we have lots of help with the language from local students who speak better English than me...err...I mean than I. : )
Our team is so terrific. Everybody is cooperative, hardworking, good natured. The food is outrageously delicious and just as outrageously spicy (and it's been toned WAY down for us). Stay tuned for more posts from more Interplast volunteers here in Chongqing over the next two weeks.