By Joni Vosburg
While it was a great experience to work as a scribe and pharmacy crew member, it was nothing like the thrill of being an actual medical team member this year. As a nurse I felt more personally responsible for the patients I cared for, and left with the feeling that I was able to make a sincere difference in people’s lives.
Working with two other brand new nurses and friends, Christa and Claudio, was both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. We took nothing for granted, worked together on unfamiliar maladies, and made it a point to try to educate our patients in ways to prevent further illness. One of our most serious cases was a woman that had undergone a surgery over a year ago in her auxiliary area (armpit). The wound became infected, never healed, and had begun tunneling further into her tissue. We were able to see this woman all five days of our clinic to clean and dress the wound and administer antibiotics. Christa was even able to work with one of our interpreters to find a nearby clinic where she could continue to get treatment at no cost.
The people of Mwanza were amazing to work with, both as patients, and as assistants working with us. They are such a strong community and I have no doubt they will continue to thrive as God works his wonders through them. I am already excited for the next chapter in the Lighthouse Medical Missions book, and hope to join the team again in another life-changing journey. Please make a donation or register for Walk to Africa. It is your support that makes these teams possible! www.WalkToAfrica.com