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August 27, 2007

First Entry

I am going to Kisumu, Kenya in November with Operation Smile. To be honest, I'm not sure exactly what I'll be doing there, but here's what I think.... I think I'll be performing dental examinations on children and adolescents with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies. I think I'll be making removable prostheses, either obturators or transitional removable partial dentures, as needed. I think I'll be doing extractions.
I'm pretty excited. I'm starting to learn a little Swahili. If you know Swahili and would like to teach me some, I'd love to learn. I would especially like to learn dental terminology. My sense is that I really don't need to learn Swahili in that most people speak English and that there will be plenty of Kenyans in the mission to speak with the patients, but I still wouldn't mind learning.

So the reason I am doing this blog is that I would like for students and others to share in my experience when I am there. I am starting now just to get practice with the blog.
I will be in Kisumu. Here is a map of Kenya Kisumu is on the southwest side near Lake Victoria.

Well, that's it for now. Hope this blog thing works!

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