It was day 1 of outreach at the Zomba Compassionate Church! The morning commute of beautiful fields, waving children, and distinct peaks in the dewy horizon is becoming all too familiar, but we aren’t complaining! We ended up just past the Zomba Army Barracks from last week, in a Tiffany Blue church sitting at the base of a mountain, surrounded by an open lawn and plots of corn sprouts. We were relieved when we heard we had electricity for testing and a flushing toilet (a luxury from the long drops Paige mentioned yesterday). After setting up, we started taking patients from 9:30am-12:00pm but didn’t finish until 4:00pm, with a man who is now a hearing aid user! After 151 patients seen, we made sure there weren’t any lingering bees in our version of the Mystery Machine and made our way back home, singing along to Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, and Destiny’s Child. As per usual, the sunset was breathtaking and words/pictures could not describe the color of the sky it created.
On the QECH clinic side of things, Sara was teamed up with Dr. Adamovich and had to doing some sedated testing, which entailed holding an IV in place…yikes. The day went very smoothly and they were able to organize our supplies into two separate piles for when our team packs up and split locations next week. As for speech, Taylor and Kayla worked with Howard again today, starting at a preschool and ending with a home visit, which had emotions running high. They definitely pushed themselves today to give the best care possible, and learned a lot from Howard and the children along the way.
We’ve all seen growth within ourselves and in eachother, and the amazing feeling of confidence as a team is getting us pumped for the remaining 9 days of outreach! Accepting Facebook friend requests from the Malawian members of our team tugs at our heartstrings as we continue to build our relationship with this country and the people who call it home.
All in all, in the famous words of Ice Cube, “today was a good day.”
Rochelle and the HFH team