After the workshop I went in for surgery on two tendons in my thumb and wrist that had been causing a lot of pain. It was an interesting first hand experience of health care in the developing world. I was certainly feeling more vulnerable than I do in a hospital in the US! The surgery went well, but it was done under a local anesthesia and the wrist area still had quite a bit of feeling as the cutting was done. I felt a lot of pain and almost passed out on the table, but I survived and the healing seems to be coming along well.
A baby was going in for surgery after I finished and he had curled hands and feet, so he reminded me that I didn't have it so bad. I hope his surgery went as well as mine did!