My last weeks of 2012 at AWC were quiet on the clinical side of things due to presidential elections. So I spent more time with Millicent on teaching her computer skills. By mid-December we had completed the Operating Room Policies and Guidelines! Milo and I had battled throughout the year with cultural and nursing differences, but this month we worked side by side as a team. We understood each other for the first time as I let her take ownership of this project. If I had done the book myself, it would have sat on the shelf and collected dust like the others before me. This time I was able to teach Milo so she could teach her nurses what I wanted to do all along. While we worked on the computer she always had trouble finding her reading glasses, so when I returned in January I brought back a glasses case. She was so thrilled for the small gift and she gave me something in return. Milo introduced me to a new nurse, Agnes, as she sat in the recovery room reading the guideline book learning the nursing standards I had come to teach at AWC.
|Kumba in November waiting to greet me outside my office.|
|Gbassay, Murray, & I (aka Aunty Allis).|
I came to teach the nurses and care for patients and in return I was taught lessons not only as a nurse, but in serving and in love. I hope one day I will return to Sweet Salone. I spent time contemplating the future with friends on Salone's beautiful beaches and dreamed of what would come. For now, I trust that God knows the plans He has for me. "Plans to prosper, not to harm, but to give me a hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11) as I find myself over a week in Conakry, Guinea onboard the M/V Africa Mercy for yet another chapter in my life.