Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Africa Post #6

I hate that in this picture my feet are so puffy but I wanted you to see how cute my feet were (minus the bug bites and shoe rub marks). Anyway, the night before we left Africa, a few of us decided to get some ornamental tatoos by a couple of the local women. I took a picture of mine when we got to Germany and I could finally shave my legs. One of the first things I did when I got home was to go and get a pedicure with my mom. It looked a lot better with my toenails painted. The tatoos are pretty much gone now, but it was a sure a fun thing to do.

This is how they did the tattoos. (I offered to hold the flashlight, but she wanted to do it.) I think that the material they use is hair dye. Anyway, they smash it into the corner of a baggie and squeeze it out into these pretty designs. It took a lot of patience on their part and a lot of flexibility on mine. I had to keep twisting and turning so that they could get all the way around my foot and then hold that position until they were done.

This sign was just outside of our compound where we stayed.

This is the view that I had every morning when I brushed my teeth. I thought it was interesting how they have rocks holding their roofs on.

These 2 little guys were using these old tires and sticks as toys. They would run and then hit the tire with the stick to get it rolling along beside them.

Even though dressed in blue, this is a little girl. Her mother was pregnant with twins and the local doctors delivered her vaginally. You can tell that she is the first born because of the tie around her wrist. However, the 2ND baby got stuck sideways and passed away before she could be delivered. The local doctors were unable to get her out and so our team did a C-section to deliver the 2ND little girl.

While in Ouelessebougou, we also did an emergency C-section. The mother had been laboring for too long and local doctors new the baby was in distress and feared it would die. They came and got us and luckily we were able to save this little girl. This is Dr. Kammeyer with the healthy mom and new baby.

I thought this little pumpkin was so cute with her hair clips shaped like feet.

This cutie pie was so smiley and playful. She belonged to a family member of one of our patients. We gave her a sucker on our last day there and she was in heaven!