What a whirlwind of activity the last few weeks have been. I never imagined awakening to a phone call from Europe asking if I would be available and how soon could I be ready to go on assignment to Central African Republic...
I already had half a bag packed anticipating a phone call in the next few months, but could I really go now? I groggily answered the telephone and after some caffeine realized what had just happened...I was headed to Africa as surgical nurse in less than two weeks! Not quite my typical Tuesday morning, but my travel and work experiences have taught me to be patient, flexible, and most importantly...optimistic.
Working in the field with Doctors Without Borders is something that I have aspired to do since I began my nursing career. I rushed to get all my vaccinations and required paperwork in order to begin my assignment as quickly as possible. Eight shots in two arms in one day – I don't think I could have felt any more like a pin cushion that evening.
Finally the time came for me to head to Europe for a few meetings before heading into the field. On arrival, I learned I must wait...a few more days...but I was ready for the adventures to begin...when could I actually go into the field? After much anticipation, I was ready to go...NOW...but I reminded myself of the skills needed for what I was about to do: patience and flexibility...And a day later, voilà, I had a plane ticket in hand, at last!