Engineer & Entertain

Ideas I grapple with

Vonnegut Was Right!

Research from the Computational Story Lab at University of Vermont found there are six main plots in story telling.

  • Fall-rise-fall
  • Rise and then a fall
  • Fall and then a rise
  • Steady fall
  • Steady rise
  • Rise-fall-rise

I am glad to see we finally have research to confirm Kurt Vonnegut’s hypothesis decades later.

Burning Rubber

Rangers light the way

I used a section of old 700×23 cc bicycle tube to create a waterproof sleeve for a mini Bic lighter. The design was completely stolen copied peer reviewed from Gearward’s Ranger Bic.


  • Old 700×23 cc bicycle tube
  • E6000 glue
  • 1/4″ Grommet


  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Spring clamp
  • Hammer

Rangers light the way

The tube was cut a little longer than the length of a Bic mini lighter.

Rangers light the way

The lighter was placed in the tube to provide some structure. Clear E6000 glue was squirted into the tube and a spring clamp was applied. Wax paper was placed between the jaws of the clamp to prevent glue squeeze out from sticking to the clamp.

The next day a hole was punched and 1/4″ grommet was installed. The grommets used were incredibly cheap from Walmart. One of the grommets came loose after installation. It may be worth it to get better grommets or to use a flaring tool. I used a deadblow hammer and an anvil. I also tried replacing the anvil with a piece of scrap wood. Results were the same. Your mileage may vary.

Flimsy grommets aside, I am pleased with the result. Put the lighter in flint first and it is waterproof. The grommet provides an attachment point which is always convenient when camping.


Mettle Forger HTL/HTLS Training Plan Review

I will be completing a GORUCK Jedburgh in July. I have heard recommendations you should at least be in shape to complete a Challenge, but if you are in shape for a Heavy then even better. I purchased the Mettle Forger HTL/HTLS training plan to help me prep for the event. TL;DR I do not recommend the guide for the cost. The tips, set ups, and training methods can be found in after action reports for free without any effort.

  • Pro
    • Equipment requirements are minimal (ruck, sandbag, and pull up bar) if you are okay with substitutions.
    • Teaches how to make gear e.g. a pull up bar and sandbag
    • Provides clear photos of the gear load outs and ruck set ups.
  • Neutral
    • The layout is atrocious in the Kindle app. The quotes, sidebars, and special characters did not translate into the Kindle app. As a PDF the layout is perfectly fine. It is easily read with the Gumroad app which is the service which sells the book. The Gumroad app is free.
    • You’ll be flipping back and forth between the general schedule and the actual workouts. I find this to be annoying, but par for the course for workout manuals.
  • Con
    • All of the information can easily be found for free with no effort. Spending $35 did not save me time in comparison to doing a quick Google search.
    • It is helpful to have a barbell for deadlifts, a kettlebell for swings and farmer’s carries, and equipment to test UBRR
    • It refers you out to another site for some workouts: “Go to and search for Monster Mash and pick a WOD”. Might as well tell me to go to my local library and look at the books in 796.41.

The main take away for me is that I should examine the tools I already have before I purchase another. I was aware of this lesson before I purchased the book, but when we are tired we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago. My fault; lesson learned. If you knew you wanted to do a Heavy, but had no clue where to begin, then there is a slim possibility this text is worth $35. For the rest of us:

GORUCK Pearl Harbor

At some point during nursing school I learned the 2-5-1 method of doing after action reports. Two introductions, five fingers, and one take away.

Two Introductions: Who you are & Summary of the experience

I have completed two lights and the Pearl Harbor Memorial was my first Challenge/Tough. My second light I completed a week before this event. It was a GORUCK Thanksgiving Light in Phoenix.

Completing a GORUCK Challenge has been a goal since learning about it. The experience was positive as a GORUCK event, but a bit of a let down for a special event. I wanted to hear stories, history, or correlations about Pearl Harbor with other events. The event was light in this area which was a shame given the significance of Pearl Harbor. I was unimpressed by this cadre’s planning and I would certainly do another special event with another cadre.

TLDR up front: While the details change, the events are the same. The cadre didn’t do his homework, but there was a welcome party filled with PT, there was plenty of rucking while carrying heavy things & people, and there was plenty esprit de corps at a beautiful and historic site.

Little Finger: What went unnoticed?

The waterproof rating on my headlamp went unnoticed. The lamp is splash proof and perfect for running in the rain or camping in damp conditions, but there was a lot of PT in water. Once the salt water entered in the lamp, it was perpetually flickering and changing brightness settings.

At one point in time I did not notice I incorrectly fastened my dry bag allowing sea water to enter. The packaging on all of my food held up and none of my food became waterlogged or inedible.

Ring Finger: What relationships were formed?

The night before the event there was a ruck-off at a local bar. My previous events did not have a ruck-off. I now think they are required as everyone I met at the ruck-off was a solid participant during the event and quickly formed as a team.

There was some friction from those who did not attend. Class 1832 would lose three members during the Welcome Party. Their issues were knee pain and lightheadedness. I assessed them and did my best to render aid, but they ended up dropping. A few Marines who signed up for the event also almost quit about ⅔ or ¾ of the way in. A contingent from the ruck-off convinced them to finish. It is never good to have people quit or almost quit, but I would say morale remained high regardless of the drops and almost-drops.

We violated Rule 2 and we got lost. We were in a field where there were unsavory dealings. Even though we were lost in a crack den, every one tried to make the situation better and most people kept a bemused detachment. We weren’t quite a team at this point, but everyone was actively trying to work to make the situation better and maintained a detached bemusement. Regrettably, we were all pulling in different directions rather than one. We were at the storming stage of Tuckman’s group development, or, in more technical terms, a clusterfuck.

Eventually we figured things out, formed as a team, and performed as a team. Class 1832 would be patched at the World War II Valor In The Pacific Monument. Most surprising and most pleasant was the fact that several of us met up to do things after the event. Given that most of us were tourists, it would have been easy for us to do the GRC and then go on and enjoy our vacation separately. To my pleasant surprise we were still texting each other to meet up for drinks, going to the beach, and sharing our vacations.

Shout out to JJ, a local GRT, who was kind enough to drive a couple of GRTs to the ruck-off and event. Props to Lex, a sailor stationed in Hawaii, who completed his first GRC.

Middle Finger: What did you dislike? What made you frustrated?

Early on we were asked trivia about the Pearl Harbor attacks. I knew the answers without hesitation in part because I went to the memorial that day. Answering the trivia staved off a round of PT. Later in the event, my trivial knowledge did not hold up and we ended up doing some PT in an ocean inlet. Every wrong answer was corrected with PT which involved a motion to submerge you in the water. Despite the ocean being warm, I became very cold and very frustrated I couldn’t recall answers I read earlier that day. I am a Ravenclaw; I value wit and critical thinking. My memory failed at a time when I needed it most. Although I never thought about quitting this was my darkest time.

My own personal frustrations aside, I was frustrated with our cadre because he did not do his homework. He stated he only planned the event by looking at Google Maps. As the map is not the territory, cadre typically walk the route to ensure they can accomplish their mission and that it is safe to do so.

Moreover, he only shared a few bits of trivia about the attacks on Pearl Harbor. GRTs who did the event last year shared how the event was awe inspiring and that the cadre went above and beyond to make you think about what unfolded on 07 Dec 1941. What has transpired from then through now. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I felt like I received an event rather than GORUCK’s advertise special event.

Index Finger: How to be number one? What would you do better next time around?

Salt tabs would have been useful to add to my first aid kit (duct tape & gauze). One GRT was cramping up despite using an electrolyte additive in his water. Another member had salt tabs and that cleared up problems fairly quickly.

Improving my physical fitness would certainly make me better at my next event. I am strong enough to complete the event and strong enough to not create more problems. I would like to be stronger so I can contribute more to the team.

Thumb: What went well? What was good?

I think I have figured out my rucking kit for three season rucking. I would not know exactly what I would need to ruck in Chicago in December. For the remaining seasons, I could assemble my ruck, weight, and accouterments seconds after you asked, “Want to do a GRC?”

Despite the med drops, I was able to provide medical care to keep others in the game. By the end of the event, several of the military GRTs were calling me, “Doc”. It’s always nice when you can contribute your skills to the team.

One Take Away: The most important take away from the event

It can always be worse. I was cold while doing PT and trying to answer poor bar trivia while at Pearl Harbor. But at least I wasn’t being shot at by Japanese aircraft or swimming through water covered in flaming oil. No matter what tragedy befalls me, it can always be worse.

Get off your high horse

Traditional Japanese woodworking is performed while seated on the ground. So as to not cut into your tatami, saw horses low to the ground are used.

I do not frequently crosscut while sitting in seiza, but I have found many uses for the horses

  • Several sets of them on the floor of your shop make it very easy to break down sheet goods
  • Take a pair and a saw when you go to purchase lumber. Yes, most places will cut the lumber for a small fee, but where is the fun in that?
  • Use them on your workbench to lift work off the bench.
  • Push up bars. Crank out a few push ups while you contemplate your next saw cut.

The low horses are also a great project to help you bootstrap your wood shop. They are cheap and easy to build. Also, they can be built with only hand tools.

I largely followed the procedure laid out by Make Skill Builder: Building Woodworking Low HorsesI cut four legs at 8 inches long and two beams at 22 inches long.

Some assembly required.

I found the center of the beams’ thickness. I also found the center of the legs’ length. These marks allow for dead-on layout for the Lincoln log notches which will be sawn out.

The notches are 1/2″ deep. I did not measure their width. I marked where I wanted the notches and then used the connecting piece to mark the width. Measurement is the enemy of precision. I used a coping saw to cut the walls of the notches.

I then used the coping saw to remove the waste from the notches.

Cut as close to the line as you can. It will make for less clean up with a chisel & mallet later.

A chisel will clean up the notch. Like an electron killing psychopath, I used a trim router with a straight bit to square everything up.

I cut relief with the coping saw in the bottoms of the legs to create feet. Again I used the trim router to tidy my cuts, but a mallet and chisel could be used.

I applied glue to the notches and clamped everything together.

The other one looks exactly like the first. I love a good set of twins.

I skipped cutting any design into the legs. Despite my aversion to aesthetics, sawing curves into the horses provides practice for curved cutting and makes them easy to identify as yours.

Spiraling into control

I am building a table for my Handibot as one of my biggest challenges thus far is registering the machine in the same spot when I move it to change bits. The table will have dog holes bored every 3 inches. The Handibot will have a fence and work pieces will be clamped against the fence via offset clamps.

The screw does not go through the center of the circle. It is offset so the circle rotates like a cam.

Rather than cut circles and mount them offset, I decide to make cams based on the Fibonacci spiral. I am not sure if there is any advantage or disadvantage to this. My reasoning was that a spiral would have a smoother transition in clamping. We’ll see how this works in practice.

I laid out a rectangle and spiral based on the Fibonacci numbers with a pair of dividers. Alternatives to using dividers/compass include:

  1. Multiplication – the 3″x3″ square is effectively the number 8 square in the picture below. To make the 5 square, multiply 3 by 5/8ths. The 5 square is 1.875″ x 1.875″. To make the 3 square multiply 3″ by 3/8ths and you will find the 3 square is 1.125″ x 1.125″
  2. Print a spiral. Adhere the paper to your work piece with spray adhesive and cut it out.

I laid out a 3″ x 3″ square on a scrap of 3/4″ thick plywood. I set my dividers to divide the square into 8ths.

The 3″x3″ square can effectively be thought of as the 8 square

From the outer corner of the 3″ x 3″ square I paced out five spaces. This is the corner for my 5 square.

Five little steps and I made the 5 square

I repeated this process to create the 3 square, 2 square, and 1 squares.

I used a compass with a pencil to trace the arc in each square. The compass legs are spaced the length of a side of a square.

Then I cut out a small rectangle from the 8 square. This provides a handle for me to grip when tightening the clamp.

Cut with a handsaw.

Next I used my fret saw to cut the spiral. I used a sander to sand down to the line.


I drilled a 3/4″ diameter hole in the spiral for a dowel. The dowel is 1.5″ long and glued in place.

Looks like a duck

The clamp does hold pieces against a fence, but I am unsure if it will be strong enough while using a CNC router. I’ll report back with those results eventually.

Band names of 2015

Is your resolution to learn to play guitar, form a band, rise to fame, do coke off a hooker’s ass, trash a hotel room, fall from fame, and make a comeback? If so, here are the band names I came up with in 2015. If you use one of these names, please remember me in your Grammy acceptance speech.

  • Midnight Hawk Snack
  • Tiger Blender
  • Most of a Pizza
  • Raw Floor Biscuit
  • Cock Orphan
  • Break the hymen
  • Bring a change of underwear
  • Two guys, a girl, and a pizza place

GORUCK Light Thanksgiving AAR

Light Class 1044

I signed up for several GORUCK events and impulse purchased a light for Thanksgiving weekend. Class 1044 started and finished with 71 people. My first light had 8. My first light went for 6 hours, had a 1 hour welcome party and covered 8 miles. The Thanksgiving light went for 5.5 hours, had 3 hour welcome party, and covered 4 miles. Though the specifics are different the outcomes were the same: I had a great time with some good livin’.

The event started late because the Challenge which started the night before ended just before the light started. The Challenge had to push a 70,000 lbs (31,751 kg) semi truck. 15 of the people who did the challenge also did the light. They essentially performed one long event which ran 20 hours as they did not have time between to reload and refuel.

Cadre Sean and Cadre Daniel, both Army Special Forces, started our event with sprints and PT with our ruck. We also had some team building activities in there like inch worm pushups (think the human centipede performing pushups), low crawling under our teammates, body surfing our teammates to the end of a line, and rolling underneath our team.

Inch worms

Tunnel of Love

Body surfing

These events were followed by bear crawls, wheel barrow races, buddy carries, and more PT.

Cadre Sean then shared how mortar fire saved him and his team several times in Afghanistan. A nearby volleyball court allowed us to appreciate his love for mortars. After crawling on our backs and dragging our rucks between our legs, we linked up – legs around the waist of the guy in front of you. We grabbed handfuls of sand and threw it straight up in the air. This was repeated until the mortars provided the necessary support.

Fire in the hole!

Sufficiently sandy we were ready to start rucking with the worm – a group of sandbags connected by carabiners. A young man was tasked with adding the weight of the worm. It weighed 560 lbs (254 kg). The worm had some specific requests. At first it wanted to be carried low, then it wanted to be carried on our shoulders. Its most interesting request was to be carried between our legs.

While rucking to Encanto Park, some teammates were deemed casualties and had to be buddy carried. The worm and our casualties arrived safely in the park. We reformed rank and file. Half of the team jumped in a pond while the other half held plank. Then we switched. During this movement a participant received an actual injury. A girl fractured her ankle although we thought she sprained it at the time.

Not cold enough to elicit the mammalian dive reflex.

I am grateful that I repeatedly jumped in Lake Michigan in the winter. The pond class 1044 jumped in was cold, but those dives in Lake Michigan taught me the water can always be colder. In order to warm up we performed more PT. 5 minutes of arm circles turned into 8 minutes because we had to restart any time someone’s arms dropped. Once we were warmed, we rucked back to the Margaret T. Hance Park.

Chop your own firewood and you will be warm twice.

Passing our rucks back and forth while doing sit-ups.

A mile out from the park 50% of our females were casualties who had to be carried. We were given a time limit to make it back to the park. For every minute we were over, five more females became casualties. Once back at the park we formed rank and file again. We held our rucks overhead and began marching. With that drill we earned our GORUCK Light Thanksgiving patches.

New piece of flair.

Cadre Sean also handed out patches to individuals who had participated in 5, 10, or 15 events with him. He gave a patch to a woman who had done 15 events and to his recollection, she is the only one to do that thus far.

Pictured left to right: Beer, Cadre Daniel, Me

Cadre Sean also shared how the patches are just swathes of cloth that mean nothing. It is how it is earned that means something. He displayed a cloth sample which meant nothing, but was earned in an extraordinary way – his green beret. The cadre shared some interesting experiences with us and kept us motivated and entertained the whole way through.

Cadre Sean

Wear & Gear

Not much changed between my first light and this one.

  • Merrell Grassbow Air trail runners instead of my Saucony ones (they were finally worn out)
  • Patagonia Rockcraft pants instead of shorts
  • GORUCK 10 lbs (4.53 kg) rucking plate instead of two bricks duct taped together. The plate was supported by a yoga brick which was cut down to width. The plate was stowed in the laptop compartment of my GR1.

My gear, what I wore, and how I trained were otherwise all the same. I performed the GORUCK 6 week training plan before this event and felt well conditioned. If I continue to ruck and PT I think it is safe to say I would be ready for any GORUCK Light in a moment’s notice.

My most recent failure

There is really no such thing as failure, only more data. Here is my most recent bout of data collection.

I attempted to make a Roubo book stand. This stand is made from a single piece of wood and has chiseled hinges.

The hinge is laid out on the side of the board and its dimensions are carried across the front and back of the board. The board is divided into five equal segments which are then alternately chiseled down at a 45* angle from the center line. The board is then flipped over and the opposite segments are chiseled down at a 45* angle from the center line.

My next attempt will involve using my combination square as a 45 degree angle jig.

Next the stand and feet are rip sawn down the center of the board to open the hinges.

I look forward to using a proper ripsaw like this guy at the Woodwright’s School


Only at the end of all this work do you learn if you made a book stand or firewood. I made firewood.

When testing where I needed to remove waste to open the hinges I split the stand. While I am out a book stand I think I understand where I failed. My cuts were not complete; I chiseled too shallow on some of the segments.

I made this!

So what did I learn?

  1. I need to give more attention to the chiseling.
  2. I am taking a class on the Roubo book stand with Roy Underhill in the future. Consulting with an expert always helps to learn the nuances of a project or process.
  3. I dislike resawing by hand. I can understand arguments for and against using hand tools in any process, but I cannot understand an argument for resawing by hand. A band saw will be in my future.
  4. I am proud of the ogee I made at the base of the stand. Laying it out with a ruler and compass was enjoyable. I am always pleased when I can apply something I learned (especially if that something is geometry).

Ogee! O wow!

If you want to make your own, Roy Underhill will provide you instruction courtesy of PBS. View it here.

Lessons From Ethiopia

A transcript from my presentation I gave to my coworkers at a nursing conference. My slides were my pictures from the trip. This presentation has been modified from its original version. It has been reformatted to fit your screen.

For about two weeks in April I went to Ethiopia with a group called Health Gives Hope. It is run by two people; Amber Kaufman, an American, who worked with us last fall, and an Ethiopian named Israel Dejene. The organization takes medical relief trips in April and November and they have done so for about five years. In addition to medical relief trips, Health Gives Hope also runs trips to bring those with particular skill sets to solve other problems. Most recently they evaluated water sources and infrastructure to deliver clean water throughout various villages.

When I told someone I was going to Ethiopia they would mention one of two things to me: Ebola or Sally Struthers. The ebola outbreak was occurring on the west coast of Africa in Liberia and Sierra Leone while I was working on the east coast. It would be akin to me catching a disease from LA while working in NYC.

The other thing people remembered was Sally Struthers asking for donations for the Christian Children’s Fund during a famine. Another famine could certainly happen, but the main problem in Ethiopia is infrastructure. The government has pushed for investments in textiles, tourism, and manufacturing. As you can see from these photos, there are roads and new construction. There is a horse on this highway in the capital of Addis Ababa. The roads were paved or stone in the cities, but between the cities you may trade asphat for packed earth. This definitely affects the logistics of moving man, materials, and machines.



And this is what Ethiopia looks like. It’s rather green. Not unlike Flagstaff really. It was mountainous, dry, cool in the morning and warm in the day. The weather was awesome. Also, every photo you take cannot sufficiently capture the beauty of Ethiopia. I highly recommend going just to see it in person. When you go on a trip like this, you learn a lot about yourself. I thought I was a night owl, but it turns out I was just in the wrong time zone. Here are the other lessons which were reinforced from my trip.

  • Improvise Adapt Overcome
  • Teamwork

“Improvise Adapt Overcome” for those who served in the military I am sure you know this phrase or at least this sentiment. Generals make battle plans, but then have to change them once the plans meet the actual battle field. This whole trip was about being flexible and figuring out what you could accomplish with your brain and two hands. There are many times we made plans to do something only to have to change them for some unthought of reason.


For example, the Easter holidays occurred the week before we left. On Friday we were supposed to render medical treatment to prisoners, but we were unable to do so because Ethiopians are orthodox. Their holidays are celebrated a week later thus every thing was closed for Good Friday. All of the administrators for the prison were on holiday. None of the guards had the authority to let us in. They could not reach the prison administrators. We had to adjust our plans and it all worked out because I got to use this as an example for improvising, adapting, and overcoming.


The other lesson which was reiterated is teamwork. And honestly I hate this. It is such a cliche and we’ve all been on teams where we said, “I’m putting my name down twice because I did my work and yours”. But this team worked out really well. We all clicked and I think the main reason for this is because we wanted to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.


Which brings us to the story of baby Israel. He is a 15 month old who came in with lethargy, vomiting, and severe dehydration on the last day we were in clinic in the village of Bora. These are our two nurse practitioners. Amber is an FNP and Heather is a pediatric nurse practitioner. Heather started a line on baby Israel and wanted to do a bolus. We did not have any IV pumps however. In fact, the saline bags do not even have volume lines on them. So what are we to do? Improvise adapt and overcome. I got to do the thing that all nurses know how to do, but never do except on the medical math test in nursing school. I calculated a drip rate! I love nursing because you never know what bit of knowledge will be useful for your patients later on. Nursing encourages you to learn everything.


Calculating the drip rate also excited me because I got to use math to overcome a hurdle. This only got us over one hurdle though and there were many more to come. At the end of the day, baby had two 140 mL saline boluses, received saline at a maintenance rate, received 770 mg of ceftriaxone, and ibuprofen & acetaminophen as needed and he still wasn’t doing much better. We had to decide what we were going to do with baby given this was our last day in clinic. We could discontinue treatment and send mom and baby back home which was a 12 mile hike up and down mountains. We know what would happen if we did that option, so it wasn’t really an option.

We could hike 6 miles down a steep mountain and take the baby to Chencha. There is a clinic and doctor there, but we don’t know what capabilities they have. They could be the same, better, or worse than us.

We could remain in the clinic and have a slumber party. The main advantage here is that all of the medications and supplies are here. This second set of photos shows the interior of the clinic. You can see a good looking guy there in a ball cap triaging some patients. I also need to give a shout out to our non-medical people. We had two nurse practitioners, three nurses including myself, two pharmacists, and six non-medical personnel. The non-medical personnel were awesome at keeping the clinic running, building side projects, and just generally doing things so the medical people did not have to worry about any thing.

Our next option was to hike 1 mile from the Hidota clinic to the village Bora. This by the way is the view we had every morning and evening as we hiked to and from the clinic. This one mile hike beats any thing you might see on the Dan Ryan, I40, or I65. We could turn on of the huts in the village into an ICU.

We opted to hike down to Bora. We did this for logistical reasons. The clinic does not have beds or furniture, our gear was in the village, and dinner was in the village. You can see our two NPs discussing differential diagnoses. The gentleman in the kelly green scrubs was one of the two pharmacists. His wife was the other pharmacist and they were also our photographers hence you typically see one of them, but not the other. They were awesome pharmacists. They prepared all the meds they thought we would need so we could treat baby overnight without having to think, “How do I reconstitute this again?” And you can see me carry the IV bag. If you are six feet tall you are perfect height to be an IV pole.

The man in the camouflage jacket is Israel, our Ethiopian guide, translator, and everything else. The other guy in the lab coat is the chief of Bora.  When we arrived in the village Israel and the chief lead a prayer with some of the villagers around the baby. The whole time we were converting our quarters to be an ICU there were villagers coming in to wish mom and baby well. They have an amazing support network which would actually prove problematic later on.

Baby had been vomiting and we had only been giving him normal saline. In order to balance his electrolytes we made an oral rehydration solution out of our water flavorings. Again this excites me because I got to use basic chemistry to get over another hurdle. My excitement should not surprise you as you all are aware I am a nerd. Amber, Heather, and I rendered care to baby Israel throughout the night. At about three in the morning we heard our diagnosis. Let me say that again. We heard our diagnosis. We know what that means; baby Israel has pertussis. As you’re all aware pertussis is extremely contagious and we just had an entire village come in and wish mom and baby well.


In the morning baby Israel was improving by leaps and bounds. The nurse practitioners and Israel, the adult, figured out who came in close contact with mom and baby and thus needed prophylactic treatment. I stayed with baby Israel while the rest of the crew went up to the clinic to get the medications for prophylaxis. Amber, Heather, and Israel returned to our makeshift ICU while the rest of the crew began their 6 mile descent to Chencha. Yesterday was our last day in clinic and we needed to return to our base city after all. The four of us distributed medications, provided “discharge instructions”, and packed our gear for the descent. Upon our arrival in Chencha, the team greeted us and took us to get this.


The most glorious cup of coffee I have ever had. No one on the team ever thought about just his or herself. They thought about the team. And this team thought about our restless night and took us for coffee.


Baby Israel is just one of many patients that we had. We encountered patients with dehydration, typhoid, parasites, GERD, and much more. I need to thank all of my family and friends who donated to send me to Ethiopia with Health Gives Hope. Their donations helped save baby Israel and brought quality healthcare to hundreds of others. This trip is definitely a cherished experience for me. I love any opportunity that lets me challenge my mettle. It was fantastic to be a part of such a motivated team.

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