Alex’s update from China – August 16

August 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

Another day full of surgeries!  There were three more cases today.  The surgeries will allow the kids to have greater functioning and live a more normal life.   

I helped Dr. Martin perform some tests on the children throughout Maria’s to screen for signs of hip dysplasia.  Early detection can lead to minor treatment with a special harness, whereas later detection and more severe dislocation may result in needing surgery and an awkward cast for the hips and legs.

In the afternoon, I went on a shopping trip with one of the trip coordinators, Mikey, who speaks Chinese quite well, although he says he’s still at a fourth grade level.  I’d hate to think how long it would take me to be mediocre.  We ventured across  Luoyang to get some shelves and boxes for all the extra surgical equipment and medical supplies that were donated to Maria’s.  I really enjoyed talking with Mikey about his time in China and we seemed to agree that Luoyang and cities like it are much more of what we picture when we think of China.   It was a lot of fun to go out to the wholesale market and see all the things that make Luoyang unique.  We packed the van full of shelving pieces and plastic containers and headed back to Maria’s, unable to see out of any window but the front one!  Later we went out to dinner and I got to try the famous roasted duck.

Entry filed under: Alex's China Trip.

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