Saturday, December 27, 2014

Why I'm Going Back to Vietnam

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Little boy in patient assessments.
Two years ago today I was starting one of the biggest travel adventures of my life. If I gauge it to the minute, I may have been throwing up in or near a bus somewhere between Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho, Vietnam. I believe that it was at this point that I nicknamed myself Hurley.

Fifteen years ago today I was recovering from my first foot surgery. During one of my appointments with my podiatrist, Bruce Lehnert, I asked about photograph on his office wall. In it, he was sitting on a gurney in a hospital hallway with several smiling children with casts on their feet. The answer to that question is what led me to Vietnam with the International Extremity Project.

I started with my keyboard. I built a website, managed the blog, and started some social media activity while the medical team was preparing for or in Vietnam on medical missions.