15 February 2008

Impatient anticipation

There is a palpable sense of pre-Christmas anticipation on this ship, especially among the forty-odd of us who have arrived this week. Today marks our one-week anniversary on the African Mercy. Most of us are no longer seasick, we've been oriented to death, and we're ready. Ready to get our feet wet, our hands dirty, and get started doing the things we've come here for. The anticipation is almost impatient.

Meanwhile, in the midst of orientations and preparations, we're filling our time with dockside walks and soccer games against the Ghanaian UN forces (they won).

But that all changes on Monday.

We meet our first patients in a stadium.

By the way: this ship, the Blue Atlantic, is docked right next to ours. It has an interesting story.

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