Here we are in London in transit to The Gambia. We successfully packed every last pair of shoes, can of Gatorade, and all of our IV fluids (Erin can pack A LOT of things in a back pack by the way).
Last night at the airport my lovely friends Ali and Jeff dropped me off at the airport to meet up with Erin and Greg. We all said our sentimental goodbyes. Then Greg turned and said to me in a very serious voice, “Ashley, Don’t f**** this up.” Now, this makes me realize that not only is Erin counting on me to bring her home alive and well, but all of the people in her life who care about her are counting on me too.
Thankfully, I have the right tools to ensure Erin’s health is taken care of. I really need to thank David Kachan for his crash course in physiotherapy so I can piece Erin together if need be. I know know where to find a runner’s IT band. And now that if the runner isn’t squirming painfully during an achilles tendon massage, I’m not pushing hard enough. Oh, and elbows make useful massage tools.
A gargantuan thanks needs to go out to The QEII Emergency Department in Halifax. Thanks you to my manager Sue Harris for giving me the time off to accompany Erin (and I didn’t even have to threaten to quit!).
Dr. Sam Campbell from the QEII has been a huge support for me from ensuring I have medical supplies (donated by the QEII Emergency Dept) to finding me an infectious disease specialist to consult with (Thank you Dr. Schelch!) to being my personal medical support that I can phone day or night if I need help with Erin’s care. Dr. Campbell has also been great moral support and he tells me every day about how great this campaign is and that I will do a great job while I’m there.
So thanks to all of my medical supports, my friend, family and all of those who have generously donated their time and money (and lets keep the funds coming!)
We’re about to make you all very proud. Stay tuned for more blogs from the road!