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The Huang family newsletter

Welcome to the first newsletter of the Huangs!

Why are you receiving this? Mostly because we thought you might be interested in our story, both past, present, and near-future. This story involves five continents, two doctors, one very strong-willed toddler, and a long journey to a new home.

The synopsis of this story is that we, as a family, have a 5-year plan. It involves moving from Canada to France for a year to learn French, and then moving to the francophone country of Gabon in West Africa to work and live at a small missions hospital.

We're not going to try to overwhelm you with too much information in the first newsletter. We know that you all reading this come from different places -- both literally, socially, and spiritually. Some of you we talked to last week. For others, it's been much longer. But please know that we're not sending this to you casually. We went through our contact lists and picked out people that (1) we thought would genuinely be interested in our story and (2) with whom we have enjoyed friendship and mentorship.

The longer version of the story will play out in more newsletters over the next several weeks. If you're not interested in reading more, don't worry! There's an unsubscribe button below. But we hope you'll enjoy seeing the occasional messages, updates, and photos on this email newsletter.

For now, we'll give short updates on just the past few weeks.

anDrew went on a two-week to Guatemala at the end of February with Rotaplast, a secular medical missions organization affiliated with Rotary International. It was his first time going on a Rotaplast trip, where he was one of four plastic surgeons in a team of about 30 people, most of them from the Bay Area. He was able to perform a couple dozen operations on children with cleft lip, cleft palate, velopharyngeal insufficiency, and alveolar clefts. He enjoyed working with the doctors, nurses, and other team members.
 
The surgeons of Rotaplast Guatemala
Kimberley stayed home and continued her work both as a resident and as a mother. She has completed 8 out of the 12 months of training in Family Practice - Anesthesia here at the University of Saskatchewan. She's gotten into a good groove in the operating room and has become much more comfortable with all aspects of general anesthesia. Her remaining anesthesia rotations include pediatrics, obstetrics, and another month at Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert, a town about 90 minutes away from our home in Saskatoon.
Kim demonstrates induction of anesthesia.
Nolan has perhaps had the most eventful past few weeks. He got sick with a fever and croup, and it's been a battle to get him healthy ever since. The fever is gone and the appetite has returned, though he still coughs and has a persistently runny nose. We're grateful that he enjoys a quality home-based daycare not far from our apartment, but we're pretty sure that place is a cesspool of viruses and bacteria that get swirled around constantly and exchanged frequently. He's also enjoying 45 minutes of gymnastics on the weekends as part of a parent-toddler class, and he's got only a couple weeks left before turning two!
Nolan plays at the local Saskatoon park.
     
We're new to newsletters! Sorry if you've gotten duplicates, or if you didn't want to receive this. You can email us or change your subscription using the information below.
     
anDrew: docdrew@gmail.com
Kimberley: kimboley@gmail.com
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