Friday, June 24, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
The patient I gave blood for had a large facial tumor and they had started to need blood during the surgery. The operating room notified the lab, who then called me to see if I was available, and within the next few minutes I was lying in a bed next to the ICU ready to get my blood sucked out. Maggie, the phlebotomist, or vampire as she calls herself, stuck a giant needle in my arm and sat holding the bag while the blood drained into it. A little more informal than a usual blood bank.
My favorite part was that afterwards I got free Coke and Oreos. The only thing better would have been if they were fried Oreos, I miss those.
Posted by Jessica Weindl at 5:35 PM
Monday, March 21, 2011
|One of our poda poda's|
We arrived around midnight Febuary 9th after 3 long flights, first from Texas to Washington, DC, then DC to London and from London to Freetown. The last two flights were the longest, about 7-8 hours each. Airports in Africa are nothing like airports anywhere else, arrival was a dirty, sweaty, smelly experience. After arriving we took a water taxi to the part of Freetown we were staying in. A “water taxi” is really a very old, small, barely motorized, minimally seaworthy vessel that somehow manages to pound through the waves and make it to the other side of the bay. It was a harrowing experience in the pitch black darkness. We all miraculously arrived safe and sound at the other side and continued our journey in taxi vans called poda podas which sped through the dark, bumpy, smelly streets of Freetown.
|Street in Freetown|
|My room at the hostel|
|Garbage along the street|
February 21, 2011
|Kids at the Cheshire Home|
|The Ship is the little white dot!|
|One of the wards before cleanup|
|My box of dietitian stuff|
|Ola During Hostpital|
There have been so many changes in the past 6 weeks. I am so far out of my comfort zone I can't even remember what or where my comfort zone was to begin with. My view of the world has certainly changed and in the process I have learned to trust God in more ways than I can count. If I've changed this much in the past few weeks I can't imagine what will happen in the next 2 years!
Posted by Jessica Weindl at 10:19 AM
Thursday, February 3, 2011
|Miriam, from New Zealand|
|Harriet, from England|
Posted by Jessica Weindl at 10:14 PM
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I still have a lot of money to raise, but their help was such an inspiration and encouragement in this whole process. I couldn't ask for better co-workers and friends!
Posted by Jessica Weindl at 7:34 PM