Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China- Cindy Shih, Interplast volunteer coordinator/ translator.
So here we are on a Sunday afternoon, all checked in to the Hongfu Jinlan hotel in Ak’su, which, by the way, is really nice! We had our team meeting earlier to discuss some logistics for tomorrow’s big clinic day, and we’re resting up to meet again at 4:15 p.m. for our first visit to the hospital. The plan is to set up the operating room, check out our supplies, and figure out what else we might need. I’ll let the experts figure out which type of suture they might need, and when they will be doing the hemogram test. I’m not even really sure what that is. My big task will be to find out where we can get SIM cards or calling cards around town, and buy some bottled water for the team. I’ll also need to start transcribing our team leader Beverly's welcome speech for the big banquet tonight. You can find a picture of us above. Wish us luck over here!