Another week has passed. First we need to say goodbye to Capt. Garcia, a CRNA, and Dr. Danielson, a Pediatric surgeon (picture # 1). They completed their deployment and flew out at the end of the week for home. I have heard that they are already stateside and should be home to their families later this week. They did a great job and were great to work with. We will miss them. Next, the little boy with beta-thalassemia that had his spleen removed and was treated for parasites returned to clinic this week with his father and sister. He looked great and was all smiles (picture # 2).
This week was Cinco de Mayo and we didn't want to miss out on it's celebration. Dr. D. put it best when he said, "it's funny that we are celebrating a Mexican holiday while on an American army base in Afghanistan." True, but let the celebrations begin. Because the 5th landed on a Tuesday, we actually celebrated this event on Saturday May 9th. The hospital had a picnic, complete with typical picnic games; pin the tail on the donkey (picture # 3), fill the urinal relay (picture # 4), wrap the mummy race (picture # 5), and a relay bag race (picture # 5). Please consider that all of these activities were done while completely sober as alcohol is strictly forbidden by General Order # 1.
The picnic also included a wheelchair race (picture # 6) and the hitting of a pinata. At the end we had a bar-b-que with hamburgers, hot dogs, steak and all the trimmings. All in all it was a great time to relax and be with each other outside the hospital. I think everyone was grateful for this little diversion. The picnic concluded with the throwing of shaving cream pies. Everyone seemed to get a little shaving cream on them, some more than others (picture # 7). The middle of May is approaching, which means the end is even closer. Take care.
Nearly the end
5 years ago