Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Update from Tim

All is well with Tim and he is having an amazing time. There are about 50 people in the group that he travelled with, a lot of them the ones who did the administrative side of things. These pictures are from Tim's iPhone and so the quality isn't all that good! They do have a photographer following them around, so hopefully I will be able to post some of those photos when we get them.

They are working very hard, from very early in the morning to very late at night. Tim has said that the hospitals have everything they need and they are very efficient, even though it is all done so much differently than it would be here in North America. They have three patients in an OR at the same time and do things under a local anesthetic, where here is would be done under general.

He is seeing things he would never see here. Things that would be taken care of here immediately, whereas there these people cannot afford to get the care they need or just don't even understand how to get the care they or their loved ones need. Yesterday, for example, they repaired a cleft lip/palate on a 20 year old.

The people on his team tell him he is so funny, they say he is the funniest person ever. They also said that he is probably not that way at work at home right? RIGHT! Tim is in his element when he can just see patients and operate (especially on things that are new and challenging) and he doesn't have to deal with politics and paperwork.

In the above picture they are taking balloons from the hotel lobby (it is International Children's Day) to take to the children at the hospital. I am so glad he got this opportunity! I am also very thankful for Skype!


Charlotte said...

seems to me that Tim is in his element (being funny) when he has an audience, the more his audience responds the better he gets...he's an actor at heart.

He's a true Riegel with the funnies .... he is just much more 'out there' with his humor whereas many of his relatives are more subtle and quiet.

Canada to China and back! said...

What an amazing trip for Tim! That he gets to do the thing he loves most! Praying for him and his group and YOU and your troop at home:0)

Monica said...

I'm glad it's already proving to be a rewarding trip for Tim. Wow, what a difference they are making. Your example of the 20 year old is very moving. I can't imagine what a difference this will be for that young person.

Colin and Jill Canada said...


I hope you're doing okay with the kiddies on your own.