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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Hands On

Here are some pictures from the hospital yesterday! 

Painting nails in the ward with the mommas

Me, Haley, and Lauren hanging out with "Mr. Bones" in the O.R. lounge

I probably won't be posting this often all the time, but after I posted yesterday I ended up finally getting to meet with the rehab staff! I'll be working with Miriam, Elvis (yes, his name is really Elvis), and Mary in the smallest rehab room I have ever seen. I met mostly with Miriam to talk about what I'll be doing and I got super excited and a just a little bit nervous. As I think most of you reading this know, I am starting my senior year of undergrad in August, which means I have no real PT training except for what I've seen in my practicum and the few times I was in therapy myself. I tried to explain this to Miriam, but the system in Kenya is a little different, and I think she was kind of confused haha. In Kenya, if you want to become a physical therapist, you go to secondary school (which is the same as our high school) and then you go right into a 3 year physical therapy program. Trying to explain to her that the only training I've really had so far was in science and basic biomechanics made her think I was still in secondary school. Explaining undergrad was kind of tough, but I think she sort of sees what I was getting at. Even without hardly any PT experience she wants me to help her with strength training, mobility exercises, as well as cleaning wounds, removing casts and re-casting, and removing screws after surgery. I said I wanted hands on experience, and boy am I gonna get it! Like I said, excited but nervous.

It's going to be such a wonderful experience and I just love that I get to share it with you all! Being here with some great friends that I've already made and getting to see the precious little kids everyday is such a blessing. God has provided more than I could have ever imagined and He is just confirming my call to be here everyday. Thank you so much for your prayers!

Prayer requests:
- Continue to build relationships with the girls I'm living with and the hospital staff. Finding community is so important!
- That my relationship with the Lord would be strengthened everyday.

- Internet is up and running! 


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