In Nasca

The last few days have been hectic; hence the lack of blog activity. On Monday night at about 8:00 pm, Tamara fell and bruised her left knee pretty badly. The pain and swelling were so severe that we feared she had broken her kneecap. So we went to a clinic in Nasca and had her knees x-rayed. We had to take Claudia, one of our wonderful volunteer translators from Ecuador with us so that we would understand very clearly what the doctor and other professionals were saying. Fortunately the x-rays showed that no bones were broken and the kneecap seemed OK. The doctor gave Tamara a shot with anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, and pills to take for the next five days.  Today, Thursday, Tamara is able to walk independently or short distances, and uses a wheelchair as a walker other times.

The work here in Nasca has proceeded apace. We have had some kids with complex body shapes to deal with. As the dedicated photographer for the group, I have a very deep appreciation for our team. We seem to get better year by year, no doubt due to the returning therapists and technicians who bring the “no ego, hard work” ethos that is typical of Eleanore’s Project. So the attached pictures are of the volunteers working this morning. Without their hard work and deep knowledge, we could not do Eleanore’s Project.

Tamara supervises.

Tamara supervises.

Shelley and Sammie sewing.

Shelley and Sammie sewing.

Claudia interprets as Emma and Erica talk to the family.

Claudia interprets as Emma and Erica talk to the family.

Scott and Alan work on a wheelchair.

Scott and Alan work on a wheelchair.

Jorge Lucho and Alan work on a wheelchair.

Jorge, Lucho and Alan work on a wheelchair.

Brian and Emma search for the correct bolt.

Brian and Emma search for the correct bolt.

Laura takes a photo.

Laura takes a photo.

Rachel and Tim discuss tools.

Rachel and Tim discuss tools.

Barb talks to Mom as Carla interprets.

Barb talks to Mom as Carla interprets.

Anna and Kim position a child in a wheelchair.

Anna and Kim position a child in a wheelchair.

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