21 Days to Go!
Thanks to the technology of the Space Bag I have been able to fit 10 hand knitted afghans, 26 Beanie Babies, and 35 No No’s into my luggage. My bags are full to the brim now but remain under the weight limit which is always good! Thank you to everyone who sent these items. It was a lot of fun to receive packages from all over the US and Canada. Many of you even placed notes into your packages. In almost every instance the No No’s sent represent one life healed and the hope of another about to be healed.
No Nos before the space bag and after! Hooray for technology!
Many of you have asked “what exactly is a No No? Good question, I’m so glad you asked. No No’s (obviously not a technical term) are arm restraints that are placed on babies after cleft surgery. The children will wear them so they can’t bend their elbows and get their hands to their mouth to mess with the new surgical site. Here’s a photo of me holding a child from the last mission with his No Nos on. Yes sometimes the kids do not like them, but they are important to wear!
There is still much to be accomplished in the next few weeks. Keep your eyes on this blog as we continue to update you on how the trip is progressing. I will also continue to introduce you to the beautiful children who will find their new smile that will lead them to a brighter future.
Meet Kai. He was born in May and will have his bilateral lip repaired. You can read more about him by clicking here.
Wendy Petersen RN
Medical Trips Coordinator