Since arriving back in Malawi I have hit the ground running. Waving not drowning at present. Is it time for a holiday yet?
The clinic has been exceptionally busy with our record number of patients and devices being made in August with September not far behind! We have seen some amazing and heart breaking stories these last few weeks. Stories of refugees who have been kind enough to reveal their plight from their homeland to Malawi and how they have come to obtain their disabilities or inabilities. A few gangrenous feet that I'd care not to discuss and finally a group of people who have suffered from leprosy and are finally obtaining appropriate shoes. The smiles for this group in particular could not be wiped off their face. Our staff have done an amazing job with producing devices with minimal equipment. So very proud!
It hasn't all been work and no play though. I was lucky enough to see Lady Blacksmith Mombazo the first weekend I arrived back in Malawi. Absolutely talented group of men. My childhood came rushing back to me with visions of Saturday morning house cleaning day and dancing to the record of Graceland with Lady Blacksmith supporting Paul Simon (kids these days records are large CDs).
I also ran in a triathlon at the beautiful location of Lake Malawi at Cape Maclear. Great weekend despite running in 32deg heat. This body is not made for running and anyone who knows my history of outdoor adventure races don't worry I came back unscathed! Apparently some charming people (they claim to be friends) are signing me up for the 2017 Hawaii Marathon. Tell them they're dreaming!
The next few weeks continue to be busy in the clinic and some fun outreaches are coming up again. It's always great to see people again and see the progression of the devices. Hopefully a few more success and smile stories as opposed to elephant's head in the sand stories!