Friday, September 11, 2015
Today was our last day of clinicals. We awoke for 7 am breakfast and coffee and packed up the vans to make the 1 hour journey to today's site. First of all, we saw 503 people today! I don't know how we did it, but then again, WE didn't. The team has been dealing with some sickness and we are all very weary. The dusty, bumpy, off road travel out to the country side sites with the sun beating down on your bald head really takes its toll! (Yeah this isn't Erika or Leigh) We saw 1803 people at 5 different sites this week and wrote about 5000 prescriptions - what an honor! But, this evening most of us took a tour of downtown Antsirabe by Pousse-Pousse (think rick-shaw). It was a twenty minute ride that was actually very relaxing - the beggars did get overwhelming on the main streets at times but seemed to avoid the side ones. Being able to sit back and enjoy a slow paced ride while taking in the sights and sounds of this strange place on the other side of the world was definitely a memorable experience. It cost 3000 Aryary plus a tip which means.......$2.
We all packed up tonight after dinner and are excited to head to Andisabe tomorrow to see Lemurs and other native Madagascar sights! The journey is about 4 hours. Pray for good health for our sick team members!
We have Lutheran hymnal supplements here and as I was paging through it tonight I came upon one of the greats - 'Church of God, Elect and Glorious'. To quote some lines from it, 'Be the people He intends; strong in faith and swift to answer each command your master sends...Give your lives in joyful service - Sing His praise, His love declare."
Talk to you soon!