One week has passed since we came to Chau Doc. I got called “in” at the last minute, because somebody was unable to go. It happens!
I had no idea who was going. Did not know a single person on the team. That did not faze me. I should be used to it by now. This is my 62nd trip, half with Interplast and the rest with other organizations.
It didn’t take long before we all knew each other. We joined in airports, talked, drank coffee and learned each others names.
We are a great team!! We have a wonderful leader that keeps us all in line. Anesthesia has yet to leave anybody asleep too long. The translators have a job I wouldn’t want for any money in the world! They are everywhere, all the time, helping with everything, regardless if it is their job or not. Patients are well cared for by the pediatricians. They are ready for us in the morning so we can start our day.
We are an international group of medical people. We do medicine the same way all over the world. At least five countries are represented. You should listen to us talk!!
We are blessed with good help in the operating room. Scrub people from the hospital are doing a great job. They are interested in learning, helping with turnovers and end of day cleaning.
We have had a great patient load so far. Cleft palates and lips every day. A surgeon’s dream!! Still, we are not able to do all the patients, so we are all looking forward to coming back next year and do some more.
It’s a good feeling to be able to help children all over the world. It’s a never ending job and I am glad to be part of the team.