Seasons Greetings from Nepal
- Created: 22 December 2008
- By Andrew Schlabach
When Leith. Garret and I originally began this project we envisioned a six week project in which we hoped to see maybe 3000 patients. We worked like demons on all of the logistics of founding a non-profit organization, raising money, gathering supplies, transporting hundreds of pounds of said supplies and standing up to the rigors of treating so many patients in less than optimal conditions. As we have reached our official project benchmark I am proud to announce that the Acupuncture Relief Project has provided 116 practitioner treatment days and administered 2443 acupuncture treatments to 806 patients in the Campagoan valley of Nepal.
We have seen some amazing results especially in the areas of chronic pain, fever paralysis and GI disorders. We have also had to work though many frustrations and a few disappointing outcomes (mostly involving patients near death, victims of domestic violence and patients suffering from serious long term illness').
At this point our team will be taking separate directions. Leith and Garret will be taking some time to travel (Leith to India and Garret to Japan) while I will continue to see patients for 3 more weeks. I've decided to focus my attention on a few promising patients who are suffering from bone tuberculosis, Pott's spine, fever induced paralyis, foot drop and neuropathy. All of the patients I have selected have made substantial improvment and I am hoping that intensive treatment over next few weeks will provide lasting results.
Garret will return to the clinic in late January and treat for an additional 8 to 10 weeks. Leith returns February 1st for an additional 4 weeks in the clinic. This should bring our project to over 200 practitioner treatment days in Nepal.
In this season of family and friends, I think of my family far from here and hope that they know I am exactly where I need to be. I'm proud of the work we have done here and extremely honored to have worked with Leith, Garret and Diane over these past few months.
And thanks to all of you who follow our project with all of your loving support. -Andrew