Something tells me that number is about to change my life.
That's right! It's OFFICIAL!
GALMI HOSPITAL HAS A DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY!
I know what you're thinking: Uh, Deb., you're going on a year and a half . . . we've been suffering through your rollercoaster with you . . . hate to break it to ya, it's been official!
Well, kind of . . . but now, it's FOR-REAL OFFICIAL! And that happy (not so) little number proves it!
I found out today that The-Powers-That-Be at SIM's International Office have (OFFICIALLY) approved of my (not so little) project!
I feel like I should throw a party or make a toast or something! But, sorry Project NE-97540, all you get is a blog post.
So to all my loyal readers out there, scattered across the face of this beautiful planet we get to inhabit, let me take a moment an introduce you.
Tribe, this is NE-97540. NE-97540, these are the people who care the most about you.
NE-97540, also known as, the Galmi Hospital Physical Therapy Department Project, is a dream that sits on the cusp of transforming into reality.
While over the past year and a half we've evolved an empty white-walled (small) room and some home-made crutches into a multi-service therapy department, we've only just begun! From nothing to something in a matter of months is quite a feat . . . but from nothing to NE-97540 is YEARS worth of preparation, planning, hoping, praying, crying, laughing, sidewalk-chalking and bubble-blowing!
Starting in January, we hope to begin the training process to be able to fabricate PROSTHETIC LEGS from PVC pipe and rubber feet . . . on Galmi Hospital's property! Currently, no one is doing this in Niger!
Within the first few years, we will construct an additional 5 rooms for the Ambulatory Care Unit which will be reserved for longer-term therapy patients, as well as revamp the structure of the entire ACU to begin providing more holistic patient- and family-education . . . focusing on living with a new disability (for our PT patients) as well as general health education, nutrition, sustainable gardening techniques, Bible teaching, etc.
Phases 3-5 will need to be approved at a later date, but they include: training local tailors to make burn compression garments (a NECESSITY in managing debilitating scar-enduced deformities); training local welders to build terrain-appropriate wheelchairs and hand-powered tricycles; and a vocational reeducation center for individuals with newly acquired disabilities!
And while these are the big 'headliners' . . . they are only a fraction of the everyday work happening in the Therapy Department! Right now, I am training one Therapist Assistant . . . in January, we hope to add two others, along with two or three who can train to be part-time prosthetists!
Big things are a brewin', my friends! BIG THINGS!
And they all start with NE-97540!
(Got any questions? Feel free to ask below in the comments section . . . cause you're most likely not the only one wanting to know!)