25 July 2011

Helping at the Hospital: A Guest Post

Norton is seven.  He hails from western Australia, and is here at Galmi with his family for three months.  His dad is working on our surgical team.  A few weeks ago he came, with his mom, brother and sister, to help me with a pediatric therapy group session.  Here's his experience, in his own words . . . completely unedited (except for the names the African kiddos).


On Thursday, Caiti, Hudson and I went with Deb. to the hospital.  We plad in Deb.'s ofes.  For once we got to go in a ofes that we could graffiti on the walls and flor with chalk.  We played with two litel African girls called A. & B.  to help them learn how to use their left arms.  A.'s right arm was burned because she fell in a fire.  It was so bad my Dad had to take her arm off.

9 comments:

Amanda Hunt said...

Oh, say hello to Helen and Karl for us (Amanda and Michael from Perth)

Deb. said...

SMALL WORLD!! :)

Melanie said...

So, hypothetically, say a Canadian OT wanted to leave their frigid habitat in the dead of winter (say until winter was over?) and meet people like A&B, cool kids like Norton and see what an OT could do in a place like Niger, AND see your stellar splinting skills and write on your wall with chalk, where would one begin???

Elizabeth said...

AWESOME POST!!!  I hope you get alot more help like this!

Shalmattson said...

So great! Offices with graffiti are the best!

Amanda Hunt said...

We were the SIM WA state directors for a few years.

Deb. said...

Start with www.sim.org and follow the link for the Canadian office's website. Somewhere on that page you will find information about how to come 'short-term'. If that doesn't get you anywhere, let me know and we'll try PlanB. Hope this can go from 'hypothetical' to 'actual' someday!

Thanks for your interest, Melanie!

Deb. said...

I know, right!!

Deb. said...

YUP! Sidewalk chalk has MANY uses!! :) Go TeamOT!