Today I woke up and went to devotional this morning at the clinic. We first sang hymns in Chichewa and English. I was amazed at how well Malawians can sing different parts of the song and harmonize! I’ll record one of the songs so you can see what I mean- it’s truly amazing. Then Fletcher taught out of Exodus 34. He told me he is teaching again Friday- but encouraged me to take on leading devotional instead of him (so he wouldn’t have to go twice). I’m thinking about it, it could be cool!
Our first patient today had occluding cerumen in his right ear and a fungal infection in his left ear. We removed the wax in the right ear and we removed some of the fungus in the left ear using a currette and interestingly a syringe filled with water. I held a bowl underneath his ear. Alinana flushed out his ear canal with water a few times to get some of the fungus out (unfortunately I don’t have pictures). Then we took him to the ABC Clinic to see an ENT.
Erin and I then went with Elouise and Raphael to play on the playground. We’re all pretty great at the monkey bars.
We then had a missionary from the US, one of the leaders at Flood church, come in with an ear infection. We then took her over to the clinic to see the ENT.
I got to chat a bit with one of the audiology students. I asked her how she felt to as the first graduate from the ABC Hearing Clinic training program. She said at times it’s been hard (like right now they are trying to get accredited by the ministry of health in Malawi). But she said it requires a leap of faith, she sees that there are people that need help and she wants to help. I thought this was a really brave answer. With all of the students at ABC, I admire their perseverance as they get accreditation and find jobs as some of the first audiologists in Malawi. This is ground breaking stuff.
For lunch I went with some girls into town. We actually didn’t end up getting lunch haha- but we did get chipicku eclaires- one of Malawis few pleasures (a seasoned American living in Malawi claimed). It was true. We also got groceries at Chipicku (a supermarket) and got to look around some gift shops.
Then, for most of the afternoon at ABC we spent our time trying to program 2 pairs of Siemens hearing aids- and didn’t finish. I think we all felt like we were banging out heads against a wall. So tomorrow, we will program them in the morning (I hope they will let me drive :))
Then I came home and my new roommates, Barb and Katie, cooked me spaghetti!
And Katie got really excited about ‘melon’ for desert ;) haha
I moved my stuff and have been catching up on life since. I finally have wifi in my living space again! Whoot!!
My plan for the rest of this week is to see patients at ABC, spend time with friends, and hopefully go to the market (and use as much wifi as possible).
Next week Peter has organized a 4 day outreach in northern Malawi- which will be much more remote than it is here. We will be seeing kids at schools for the deaf.
When I get back, I’ll go with a friend (maybe a few friends) on a Safari in Zambia, then I’ll head home.
My time is flying! I’m bummed I won’t get to stay longer and know people better, but I’m also really grateful for the time I got to spend here :)