Saturday, June 28, 2008
I got email today from John. Let me quickly just tell everyone who John is. John is the leader of a long term humanitarian mission in Tokmok, Kyrgyzstan. He and his family (wife and two children) are from Canada but have been living in Tokmok for at least a year now. When I can figure out how to do it I will add his blog site here. http://actofkindness.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2008-01-01T00%3A00%3A00%2B06%3A00&updated-max=2009-01-01T00%3A00%3A00%2B06%3A00&max-results=50. For now that is the link, but I know there is a better way to do it. I am also enclosing a list of the items he and his team are always asking for. I would like to take an extra suitcase on my second trip of things from the states that his team needs. If anyone is interested in helping out even something small. It will go right from my hands to his! For crafts-face paint-Tempra poster paint
Items always needed:
Childrens Tylenal,Penaten Cream ( zinc ),Multi vitamins for kids and adults,Vitamin C,& D,Calcium Supliments (for rickets),Polysporin anti bacterial cream, Advil cold and Sinus, Prenatel Vitamins, Geriatric Vitamins, Kery Lotion (or any theraputic cream), Head lice shampoo, Scabies Cream, Impitago cream, cold sore cream, Peanut butter, Craft dinner, Probiotics
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Now onto better stories..... 3 weeks of traveling is over.
Week 1 Vermont and Camp Gone to The Dogs. Every year I take two of my dogs to Vermont for a week of total dog activity. While we are there we are free to do whatever we want or nothing. The dogs love it, and so do I. We had a very relaxing week playing frisbee and working on our agility skills. And did I mention relaxing? I slept through breakfast every day! I left Vermont early on Friday evening to make it home Friday night and get some sleep. Sleep was not actually what I did but I tried.
As I said in my last post we accepted our referral in Bishkek. I was there alone, but I was not really alone. And our decision was not made by me alone. I was able to talk to Brian frequently, I talked with my friend Lorraine several times (she made me stop being a nurse and start being Shelby's mom), I talked personally with Dr. Cronan who has been the head of The emergency Room at he Pediatric hospital I work at, I talked briefly with my mom, and received many emails of support from others especially Shannon who although she made me cry she also helped me affirm that my decision was not really mine to make but had already been made for me. From the first picture I saw to the video I knew this w
as right. But The first day in Bishkek was anything but bells and whistles. I had a hard time and a very emotional time on day one. I analyzed everything like a nurse. I read into everything like a nurse. But day two, after talking to Brian who was great, and to Dr. Cronan ad everyone else Shelby and i had a great bonding day. Unfortunately it was also my last day. B
ut by the end of my second visit Shelby was sitting on her own, standing at the small picnic table and playing with toys. She loved the Raggedy Ann Doll. And her picture book. And her blanket. Her blanket I made the day I left for Bishkek. Again I can't wait to share pictures. I left Bishkek after two emotional days and cried all the way to the airport.
Week 3 off to Orlando
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
|So I have made it 1/3 of the way. arriving in London at 1038 London time. Oh my Heathrow is a bit confusing to say the least. But lets back up to the security woe!!! Beware the hidden knee brace. Unfortunately I have been having some knee trouble (couldn't be my weight) But anyway I have ben wearing a knee brace on and off for the last month. (another sidebar... nurses don't get things checked out until something falls off or we are bleeding to death. ) Anyway I bought what I thought was a benign run of the mill knee brace for cmfort.... WRONG... hidden metal wires.. And these have caused my silly security woes. In Philly, I was escrted politely to a private room where I needed to remove the knee brace and then have it analyzed. The a pat down in London... Oh my.. anyway after a long 8 hour flight of which I slept most of the way, I am in Heathrow waiting for a gate number. Have no exchanged currency so probably will forego any postcards or memorabilia from here.|
Back up even a bit more... I wanted to Thank Lorraine, brandon and Kaitlyn for sending me off at the airport. Oh and the blanket I decided to make to keep me ocupied during my flights!!! Done before I lft philly. Now what?? I guess I will figure something out.
The blanket.... I read on another blog site where a PAP made a quilt for her baby in Bishkek. The baby was able to keep the quilt with her while waiting for her court date. So I stole the idea.. Bought the fleece in New York on my way home from Vermont. A realy cool angel design. I will try to post pictures later. Cut the 2 inch fringes at home while playing with the dogs. The dogs each got wrapped in it briefly for good luck and off I went.
Anyway now I wait in London. My flight leaves here at 1:30pm London time... For those at home I think that is approximately 0830 EDT. More later..............................