|In Nigeria with Dogara and his parents|
|In Wales at a castle with some amazing fellow nurse!|
|In Norway with 10 other shippers- on top of "pulpit rock"|
It took me a long time to understand and digest everything: learning how to be home again and live in the Western world, trying to fit in with family and friends again who have had a whole year of life without me, and then try to figure out what the heck God wanted me to do with my life now!
Should I stay in Wisconsin, should I go back to Mercy Ships, should I join another ministry? Whatever it was, I knew I wasn't content where I was, and travel nursing didn't seem to be panning out. Besides, my heart was still in West Africa- in more ways than one.
On February 13th I joined the ship in Conakry, Guinea, and after stepping foot on African soil, I finally felt some contentment. There was a happy, smiling face to greet me at the airport that I had been dying to see for so long, and as soon as I stepped onto the ship, I realized how much I had missed being there. So many old friends to see, and so many great friends to reconnect with. For the time being, I know I'm back where I need to be!
It will take some getting use to- learning new faces and a new country. Even though I left not too long ago, I feel like the new kid on the block again... that awkward person who lurks in on conversations... "will you be my friend?" "can I play with you guys?" But, they'll all learn to deal with me eventually, right?!
In the ward, VVF (Vesico-Vaginal-Fistula) surgeries are just finishing up, and the patients for plastic surgery (burn contractures, skin grafting, etc) will be coming in a few weeks. I will be on the dressing change team, which is my dream job! Stay tuned for patient stories in the next few weeks!
- for my continued integration into ship life and learning the country
- for the patients who will be coming in for plastic surgery- that those who come we can have a huge impact on their lives
- pray against infection before it even starts in all the skin graft wounds we will be creating and healing!
PS: If any of you didn't watch the CBS 60 Minutes episode on February 17th, check it out online, they featured Mercy Ships!! They were filming when I was in Togo last year!
|Celebrating the Olympics in the UK!|