Friday finale in Ghana
It was a celebratory last day in Pokrom Nsabaa as the team wrapped up the 5-day clinic. Breakfast started at 6:00 a.m, and the sister duo of Kalah and Laura wanted it noted that they were on time for the oatmeal breakfast. Dr. Jackson stayed home to rest today. Kalah was back to her vibrant self and feeling healthy again, Dawn is getting her voice back ...a bummer as Gary never lost his. Ha! (God receives all of the Glory!)
We headed north and stopped for scenic pictures near the top. Simply beautiful.
Clinics went well with and smoothly and for the most part the crowds were controlled until they sensed that it was time to cut off the line which was about 1 o'clock. Then pockets of pandemonium tried to take over but the volunteers (from Compassion International, Ghana) did a pretty good job of controlling the masses. We kept the doctors safe and protected, which I vowed Nick Viscome we would do. (Laura is his daughter)
The meds seem to be enough. Other than running out of multi-vitamins (This is what we will need more donations for our next team), with the more important meds, another bottle or two seemed to show up in some box. This was befuddling yes, but we are so Grateful to God, yes.
Karen handed out 100's of beanie baby toys to the children, 5 basketballs were left with the school, as was lots of candy. I think a dental team will be coming in May
After taking pictures with the volunteers we packed up and headed over to the Chiefs house for a time of saying goodbye and they handed out native dresses and shirts to us all. They also gave us a signed letter of thanks and they anointed Karen as queen Minister of Economic Development to the region since Scott was not there to take the kingship role. They dusted her arms in white as
is their tribal custom. The Minister of Drinks (yes, that is a title) was a tad slow on getting us drinks. 90 minutes of pomp and fuss in the heat of the day will do a number on anyone including our van driver Kelvin who got deep into the snoozing mode.
We finally were able to make our exit and we headed back over the mountain for one last scenic time. We're going to miss these views and picturesque scenery no doubt.
We arrived back at the compound to find Dr. Jackson feeling quite chipper. We ordered our supper and headed for the showers. We learned quickly that takes an hour and a half for food once you order it so we order and then shower, that is except Gary, he is getting mentally prepared for another round of 4-down. Did I mention mental and the Yankees in the same sentence?
The forecast is for shopping on Saturday and church on Sunday and then preparing for our return trip on Monday.
These special people are just some of the awesome volunteers who helped our team while in the village of Pokrom Nsaba. They are from all walks of life. Some work or volunteer for Compassion International, some are from the local health clinic and authority and others work at the church. Thank you volunteers. You made things so much easier for our team!!
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