1. A month of fasting from all things electronic (cell phone, computer, IPod, ect.) has just ended and I joyfully called home at 5:15am on the morning of the 28th of February. I was met with answering machines and busy signals. What a letdown L. I kept trying throughout the morning and finally got through around lunchtime to Allana in Canada where she is visiting our cousins on spring break. Yay! It was great to catch up on all the news from a month!
During our month of ‘fasting’ Shama and I have delved into the culture and the language. While it still seems like I hardly know anything, I realize how far I’ve come when I think back to a month ago!
What seemed like a blur of faces when we first arrived is gradually sorting out into personalities and individuals. It’s going to be sad to leave Kemantian and go to Emrang where we’ll meet all new people, but it’s also exciting to know that we’ll be over there soon! Hopefully we’ll make the move within a month.
Ranging from getting up in the middle of the night to check IV’s to cutting off dead skin from a three day old knife wound, the clinic work has rarely been boring. Most of the cases that we see are malaria, but there have been a few more dramatic patients as well. John Miller taught Shama and I to suture using bananas with the peels split open. I am looking forward to trying for real.
I’ve set up my phone here with Facebook, so I should be able to receive short message sent to me thereupon J. That being said, the phone service here is finicky, so I don’t promise that I’ll be able to respond if you sent me a message….but try anyways! If you can keep it to 2-3 sentences, it’ll probably more likely to get through.
Thank you all for your prayers and I look forward to hearing from you J
In His service ~ Allie
P.S. If you want to read more about the Philippines you can go to the Miller’s blog at realmillermoments.blogspot.com. They are both nurses and have been working in the clinic since November, 2010.