Monrovia Mission day 1 report

We start the day at 6 AM and get back at 9 PM to the hotel. No lunch, no food and we share one small wafer! There is “intermittent fast”, “religious fast” but we are on an “unintended fast”. We were so hungry by the time we raided the dinner buffet set up

Another patient is waiting in the dining hall to be checked by Ed. We are so exhausted we have to tell him to come back the next day.

We hit the bed and passed out with exhaustion.

Note: I type this report at 7 AM  on day 2 morning and I have to head out to Redemption Hospital. I am loading some picture and will come bad and add more details tonight.

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Preparation for an early start tomorrow morning

Unpacking three thousand pairs of glasses. Forty boxes of medicine and supplies and total chaos from the supporting team before start date tomorrow! Chaotic but fun! Team spirit is high as we get ready to start our work tomorrow morning.

First of, a breakfast of champions!

A standard breakfast buffet with hot bacon, eggs, sausages and assorted fruits.

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Monrovia Mission begins!

We wake up early this morning, well adjusted to local time. Ed is fighting a  hacking cough all night. He head down for a Liberian breakfast comprised of two kinds of yuca, white and orange. Yuca is a root often grown in tropical countries, eaten like we eat potatoes in America. Breakfast also comes with a serving of fish stir-fried with cabbage. I opt to sleep in again, trying to get some more rest as I am also fighting the same cold Ed is having.

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Last rest day before heading to Monrovia

The last rest day in Paris.

It is cold this morning. Very very cold. When Ed comes in from his run, his hands are like two blocks of ice. He tells the clerk at the front desk there is “un froid royal extraordinaire” (a cold royal and extraordinary) and she laughs really hard. The French like to put the word “royal” to describe anything extra large, big or huge.

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