Post by Ann Marie
Mai called early this morning because she was tired and going to bed early. The fact that the food has virtually no nutrition in it is starting to take it's toll on her. She said they did go back to the Ankaful Leprosy Camp today instead of the hospital and it was truly rewarding. Mai said it had been a week since they had been there and they were rechecking the wounds they treated last week. The people they treated last week wounds were very much improved and getting better.
"This proves the point that if everybody was helping this wouldn't even be a thing." - Mai Griffith
Mai said that one of the wounds they treated today was so massive that it was a bit scary. I asked what she meant by that and she said it was because you aren't supposed to see that much open flesh. She wasn't grossed out but more compassionate that this man was having to deal with this. To treat this persons open wound they put honey on it and bandaged it back up.
Mai said it was really interesting that this was a way to treat it. She explained the way the honey works is they put it into and around the wound and the honey eats away the bad bacteria and when you take off the bandage next week it will be fresh flesh. Fresh flesh = Healing
I had to look this up to see what Mai was talking about and honey is a pretty amazing thing. If you want to learn more about it I have included a button below that will take you to the WebMd page so you can learn more about it.
On a final note, Mai said that when they went to the roof last night to see the stars there were so many clouds they couldn't see much. She also said that the Cape Coast Hospital needs thermometers because they are in short supply and the ones they do have don't seem to work right.
Mai is already making notes of what they need over there so she can plan for the volunteering trip to help them.