Well, today we finished up the surgeries with Tom Hoak doing two minor cases and one major prostatectomy (which Joey and I had a great time scrubbing in on), and Chris and I finishing up an abdominal hysterectomy which went very smoothly. We sent all of our patients from earlier in the week home, and are hopeful that we will leave Tom with only the one from today to look in on and send home over the weekend!
We are thankful for what seems to have been a fruitful week surgically speaking, and just pray that there have been some seeds of God's unfailing love planted in the hearts of our patients and their families. Please pray for this, and for some healing as both Chris and Joey have been feeling a little under the weather with colds and such.
A few pictures that I finally got around to stealing off of Joey's camera-- first is Joey and Chris operating earlier in the week.
Then there's the "obligatory" uterus picture for Joey-- unfortunately not technically the first one she took out because we kept forgetting, but a nice shot nonetheless... one of my favorite poses and I love having so very many different versions of it with so very many different friends from over the years!
The last one is of Chris not being especially happy with me for catching her in a lovely pose as we were once again cleaning our own speculums from the week so they'll be ready for next time! Ah, the glamorous life of a missionary gynecologist!
Tomorrow we will get up quite early to round, hopefully send two more patients home, and then head up to Quiche. Duane will meet us there with the plane, and we will go pretty much straight from the Fickers's runway out to Cruz Chich to see probably a few hundred people in clinic there! Wish us more patience to minister to these people tomorrow as we near the end of our week here. Especially as it will be particularly painful for me to be out there with Leslie, Katie, and likely Rachel and definitely Don Allison and won't really be able to visit with them until clinic is over! That will be a little tough, quite frankly. But at least we will have some time to visit after we are done! I can't wait to meet little Ethan and hang out a little bit in my "spiritual haven" (also known as the Fickers's home) in Canilla!
Then Saturday, of course, we fly home (Well, Chris, Tony, and I do... Joey is staying in Antigua at language school for a week and then flying down to Nicaragua to meet another mission team for another week-- color me jealous!) I will be so glad to see my family again. These weeks away are getting harder and harder as the years go by, but are still a great blessing to us all.