Post by Ann Marie
I will forewarn you before you read this whole post that is gets a little bit gross. I wasn't sure how much detail to include but I decided if I give you a heads up you have the opportunity close out. If you want to read half of the post I will let you know just as you are getting to the point you may want to close out.
Mai was back at the Anakaful Leoprosy Camp today and brought ALL of the supplies that she had collected for this particular location. She was super excited about how thankful they were to receive them, This location had requested gauze, gloves, bandages and masks which Mai delivered two extra large suitcases filled with these items. The suitcases were so full that when you start to unzip they nearly pop open because they were so full.
WARNING: This next part that makes you realize why some huge hearted people want to be doctors and why the rest of us send "get well soon cards".
We knew that Mai would get some really great hands on experience in Ghana that she would never be able to get here in the US. That said, I wasn't sure they would give a sixteen year old a scalpel but they did. She said that today she got to clean out the wounds of people with leprosy.
Mai - I cleaned and cut a leprosy patients' pus filled wounds and I cut off the extra stuff with a knife! (I think she means scalpel but I am not sure) Some of the wounds we cleaned were a finger length deep.
Ann Marie - Did you like it or were you grossed out?
Mai - Both for sure!