One of the many things I enjoy about traveling in Africa is the interesting names I learn. This story is about Friday, a darling baby boy who is being treated for a cleft lip. On my trip to Kenya in 2011 I met a Sunday. Jokingly, I wonder if I’ll meet the rest of the week eventually. But for now, I’ll take you on a photo journey of Friday’s treatment. We met Friday in Screening Clinic, and I think you may fall in love with him also…
Despite the near 80 degree weather, many babies, like Friday, are bundled in sweaters and knit hats. Here he is seen with the tongue depressor I had just used to examine his mouth and palate. The little notebook with the number on it is used to keep track of the patients. L stands for Lusaka, the site of this mission trip. 05 means he was the 5th patient scheduled for surgery. And, 13 indicates this was the 2013 Lusaka mission trip.
|Screening Clinic photo. The number is our mission serial number for this child so we can coordinate pre and post op photos per patient.|
|Close up, pre op photo|
|Friday is going home today.|
I didn’t post one photo, which shows Friday breast feeding immediately after surgery. This is truly the best pain medicine for these little ones–being with mom and nursing. They calm down immediately and then take a nap. Our use of tissue glue on the incisions makes the wounds “water tight” and reduces the risk of infection, allowing immediate oral intake despite the suture line in the mouth, lip and nose. I’m going to miss my boy, Friday. He was a happy little guy and we all enjoyed seeing him on rounds.