Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I have been looking forward to this day...

Monday and Tuesday, September 6 and 7, 2010

Written by: Steve

Message of the Day from Evan: “Each time someone stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” (Robert F. Kennedy)

After breakfast, it was off to the clinic for our first day of work…Yea! I have been looking forward to this day for the past number of months.

We took with us our supplies of bottle liners, plastic diaper covers and diaper pins. Not only were these items in need at the clinic, I found out later the packs of pins were toys for the mobiles and kept them entertained for at least a few minutes.

It was so great to again see the children from last year and to see the new ones which have arrived since I was last here. I enjoyed my day with the toddlers and sneaking off to visit several times with Raul, Alina and Marius who were in isolation.

After lunch we visited with Dr. Delia who was excited to show us the new ultra sound machine and the new lab. It is great seeing the items Global Volunteers money has helped to purchase throughout the years. Dr. Delia also said a new baby was scheduled to be arriving soon at the clinic and she told us about the work being done to get Raul’s paperwork completed so he can go to the U.S. for treatment.

After a delicious dinner of chicken, grilled vegetables and chocolate crepes we retired to our rooms.

Tuesday morning before it rained we were able to take the older children outside. This usually seems to be a treat for them, and the staff.

The new baby arrived in the afternoon. This seems to cause excitement as the staff checks the newest resident of the clinic. Ana Maria is six months old and weighs about 9 pounds. Later in the afternoon, she was screaming up a storm so course as part of the welcoming committee I held her for awhile.

Dinner tonight was at the Da Vinci restaurant in Barlad.