Our boss likes to tell us he is “checking off the boxes” as he makes progress throughout the day, so now we’ve adopted this phrase as well. This marks the end of our 8th week and we’ve just about wrapped up our scope of work, which included working with 9 different departments. Next week, we’ll be doing some more training and then troubleshooting any issues with the current databases. We have fallen behind on Pharmacy, Pediatrics, and Lab due to vacations, scheduling issues, and other things, but we’re hoping to wrap them up as well next week. We finished our Excel/Access training lessons, and are now developing a plan to try and make them sustainable without us, suggestions??? We submitted an executive summary of our final draft today to the division head and also scheduled our final presentation for the ministry on Monday, August 6th.
People are appreciating our work so much that they’ve been offering to take us out or to cook dinner for us, which is a kind gesture. Personally, I’m not much of a cook, so I really like it when someone offers to do it for me. Gopal’s parents visited last weekend, and his mom spent 10+ hours in the kitchen making meals for us to eat over the next 2 weeks. We told her we were fine, but she wanted to cook, so then we conceded. We did take them to the beach and sailing with Dave. We also went on a trip to Babeldoab, the big island here which is Micronesia’s second largest after Guam. Since we went during the work week, we stopped at some of the remote dispensaries along the way to check out their computers and fix internet connections/fax machines. We saw the new capitol building, pictured below.
I went diving again last weekend at night, we left at sunset (around 6) and came back around 8:30pm. There was bio-luminescence which was little glowing specks like fireflies that lit up every time we moved the water. It was really a surreal experience, watching them light up as I swam they even lit up in the wake along the side of the boat. I was lucky to see them, because they’re only around during the full moon, I believe. There are still a couple more dive sites I want to go, there are about 50 total…I really want to see a big manta ray, they can have wingspans 10 feet or greater, so I’m trying to go to the sites they like to visit.
Dave is trying to schedule us some trips to Kayangel, the northern most island, which is a coral atoll, and Anguar, one of the southern islands, to check out the dispensaries there as well. It looks like we’ll have enough time to check off all the boxes of whats left to see and do as well as finish up our work here, but there are always unforeseen difficulties.
Heres a few more from the Babeldoab trip: