We awoke to an overcast morning and a light mist that followed a persistent downpour that dominated most of the night. I believe I might have made it across the clinic grounds more efficiently this morning if I had donned my flippers and snorkel! We are amazed at the volume of rain we have received during our short stay here, especially while reading of the drought that has crippled much of the States this summer. Somehow, patients still found a way to maneuver over the slippery, muddy roadways to seek care for many maladies.
The guys finished their remodeling project in the warehouse as well as the inventory process that was required. They then helped the Bohimbos recover from the weekend wedding by transporting mattresses and other furniture from the village back to its original point of origin. The sun did appear this afternoon, which lent it self to 90 minutes of sand volleyball-- a great way to blow off some steam after a long work day.
The clinic was busy, with a few new patients, that has resulted in a rather robust OR schedule for this week. Believe it or not, all three cases for tomorrow are general surgery in nature, and all three patients arrived today in preparation for tomorrow. Sadly I met a young woman today with a 16 mth old son who we diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer, for which we could offer no curative measures. We prayed with her and her brother, and he assured us he would do his best to get her to Conakry for a chemotherapy consult. Another young woman, who had been in another hospital for three weeks with a terrible infection, arrived today in early septic shock with an abscess of her scalp that encompassed the entire left side of her skull. We were able to drain the infection in the OR, and are praying that she will survive the night, and make a full recovery. We sent many patients home this am, but will have a full inpatient census by the end of the week.
We will appreciate your prayers this week as schedules become busier. We hope not to lose sight of the opportunity to build upon relationships that have been established. We hope all of you are somewhere cool tonight and appreciate your kind words and support.