After the Fact

Posted on March 16, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

As we were preparing to leave on March 7, the whole world began to change. We seemed to be “ahead of the curve”. Had our mission been scheduled even a week later, we might not have been allowed to change the lives who so needed those surgeries. In that week after our return, India closed […]

Backtracking

Posted on March 5, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

In the midst of my daily activities, working to engage patients and their families with activities to take their minds off the very serious business of going into surgery, I did not really stop very often to snap pictures. My focus was to BE with those who were there, as they wove the pot-holders, as […]

Full Circle: Closing Ceremony Poem

Posted on March 5, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

The circle is now complete. Lives have been changed. 82 people, 148 procedures. The slow awakening toward healing Yields small but noticeable gains: A smile here, a lift of the head there, An unbending of once curled fingers, A freedom of movement for an arm, or two. Each person now walks back into Their village, […]

Surgeries

Posted on March 4, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

My role as Recreation Therapist keeps me busy “making my rounds” as a the patients are waiting for surgery in the preoperation ward, an area on the 5th floor with about 21 basic beds. I have a small table that I keep stocked with puzzles, games, crayons and coloring pages, and little toys. I go […]

Vavita

Posted on March 2, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

Vavita’s injuries are profound. A severe burn incident that occurred some 15 years ago has impaired freedom of movement of her head, arms, and hands. My role as Recreation Therapist is to discern how best to provide some diversion that is entertaining, enjoyable, calming, during the wait before surgery. Sometimes it is just ” being […]

Nikhil

Posted on March 2, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

Nikhil is a young man with a fetching smile, energetic, very bright. Among the first to arrive, I not only met him, but also his brother, mother, aunt, and grandmother– a feisty family to entertain with puzzles drawing, card games, and a beach ball globe of the world. Nikhil spoke a bit of English, and […]

Why am I Here?: A Personal Prologue

Posted on February 28, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

I cannot look at the sad TV ads I cannot look at the sad TV ads That show the shivering dogs in mournful Kennels, or the grandmothers unable To come in from the cold. I cannot look At the appeals for money that grab At my tears and tear at my heart. I turn The […]

Work STARTS NOW!

Posted on February 28, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

Welcome, check-in, organize, have lunch, then get back on the bus to set things up at Unity Hospital. THIS FIRST DAY 2020.02.26 I was assigned to be the Quartermaster’s Apprentice, as troublemaker …errr… troubleshooter, to assist our Mission Quartermaster, Mark Mariscal (who is the current President of the Altadena Rotary Club. Mark and I are […]

Arriving in India

Posted on February 27, 2020 by Wandering Scholar Press © 2020 Richard E. Shope III. Categories: Uncategorized.

Everything went smoothly through customs, with only minor hiccups. As we stepped outside, it appeared dark and foggy. We were to discover that the thick fog was actually smog. New Delhi has the dubious honor of being ranked #1 as the WORLD’S most polluted city. Even though we were traveling as a group being met […]