Saying our goodbyes to Jason and Chris.
Saturday at the clinic was spent doing fabrication with a few patients coming to the clinic. Sophia, the lady John evaluated in Livingstone the day we flew in, came for an impression for a custom prosthetic eye. Her left eye injury was about 10 years ago, so her eye is still there but is just very shrunken and she cannot see with it. John gave her transportation money to get back to Livingstone and then come again Thursday for fitting.
This is Sophia
Casts at our plaster pouring station.
Suzanne and I got the rest of the sewing machine put together and working. The thread tension was a bit of a hassle getting figured out, but once that was set it worked great! This new industrial machine is SO SO much better than the garage sale table sewing machine we have been using. Sewing is much faster with this new machine!
Cutting out material for the 'sails' for the prosthetic sockets. This cloth portion is used for above knee prosthetic sockets to make it self-adjustable by the prosthetic user. This socket style works very well for this setting, since we aren't available to make adjustments to the prostheses year round.
John's room is at the front of the clinic where there are two large windows for good natural lighting, which is needed for the small, delicate work he does with the prosthetic eyes.
John's work table.
While we were working on fabrication, Blu and Teddy drove up with Alex who has an above knee amputation. His amputation was in 2006. He was not able to communicate the exact cause of amputation, but described it as a pain in his leg for many years and a wound that kept coming back. I casted him for a prosthesis told him to come back the next Saturday for fitting. We gave him transportation money to help get him home and then back the next Saturday.
In the evening, Chad and Gil arrived with Ron and Dee returning from Livingstone. They are from Bartlett, TX and would be working on more solar installation for the remainder of our stay. Chris and Jason set up the solar equipment for the kitchen/dining hall and also got the solar pump for the well working again. Chad and Gil would be installing solar panels on houses at New Day for lights when the electricity is out. We got to meet and talk with Chad and Gil at dinner.