We are settled in our hotel in Lusaka. What a relief to be greeted by friendly faces we remembered from last year. First of all, we saw Victor who picked us up from the airport. Ever the optimist, he somehow squeezed five of us into a sedan as well as six large suitcases filled with our medical instruments, OR supplies and clothing as well as all of our carryon luggage. Fortunately, it was late at night and the roads were empty so the trip was only about forty minutes In duration Next we saw Mary, the owner of our hotel and she and the others were up at 2:00AM settling us in with bottled water and hugs. After a brief time when Madeleine and I were locked in our room with a jammed lock, we transferred to another room and slept for four hours.
We spent a couple hours setting up the Operating Room or "theater" today. Madeleine looks like a natural in her scrubs (someone asked if she is a medical student…) and already has some great video from our travel day as well as photos from the hospital today. It was a joy to again get hugs from the nurses we worked with last year–Sister Irene, Sister Esther and Grace.
We are exhausted from about 30 hours of travel time. We are also grateful to so many who made this trip possible, especially my youngest who is sharing her mom and sister for the good of sweet little Zambian children. Also a big thank you to Jennifer the lovely airport transit, web master and prayer partner person who also loaned us equipment, to Sarah, Anne, Anna and also everyone at Lake Grove ENT for holding down the fort in my two offices , to Dr. Emily Hu for call coverage, to my house sitter and to Linda for taking care of Lily. A special Thank you to those who've donated to Dr, Clawson's foundation to provide medical supplies and money for supplies. And we are happy to know that we are on the prayer list at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.
Tomorrow is our screening clinic and we are hoping that we will be able to help all those that come. Sleep is calling my name…good night!
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