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Bryce Dahl – IIOP student, International Clinical Rotation (Quito, Ecuador) 11/17/2020

Bryce Dahl – IIOP student, International Clinical Rotation (Quito, Ecuador) 11/17/2020

Thanksgiving in Quito

Nov 27th, 2020

It’s probably not too shocking to hear that Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday celebrated in South America but some things you just have to keep constant. Dave and I took off from the clinic yesterday to prepare Thanksgiving at his house with his family and our close friends. A few pounds of camotés (sweet potatoes) from the market and my family’s sweet potato soufflé was now here in Quito.

We have a lot to be thankful for not just in spirit of the holiday. Despite the misfortune that 2020 has brought, I certainly am only grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had this year. Not to mention working so closely with prosthetic users each day really will make you thankful for 4 healthy limbs.

Dave and I have been hard at work doing it all from laminating adjustable carbon fiber sockets, to teaching patients how to run with a prosthetic running blade. It’s also cool to see Dave’s confidence in me rise enough to allow me to take over on modifications (peep the stars & stripes socket) and leg assembly/alignments.

This week will be week number 12 I’ve been in Quito and I only want it to slow down; however, I’m looking forward to getting back to my family and friends for the remaining holidays and then to IIOP in Tampa to finish up my Master’s. Week 12 let’s get it.

#mobilityforall

-BD