I started my last day in Quy Khon at 5 am with a walk along the beach. People were up enjoying the cool breeze with volleyball and badminton.
Our last day in the operating room was filled with simpler same-day reconstructive procedures like nose revisions to fix the flattening that is common with cleft lip and palate patients. Patients with skin grafts and pins in contracted fingers repaired earlier in the trip returned for dressing changes.
The babies from the pediatric ward came down to say goodbye.
I am also team physician so I have had some patients from the team. With the heat index at 108 again today, drinking is important. I bring powdered lemonade mix to brighten up all the bottled water. Hand washing and careful eating (cook it, peel it, or forget it) are mandatory to stay healthy and work.
Tonight we have dinner with the hospital staff who have helped us the last two weeks before we take the midnight train back to Da Nang for the short flight back to Hong Kong and then the long trip back to San Francisco.