Biography (Continued)

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I haven’t even counted my family, who send me moral support and provide printing services even though I have wandered dismayingly far from their fold; Dan and Judy Peterson, who have invested countless hours not only in managing my leftover Wisconsin affairs but also in forming the Amazon Medical Project, Inc.; Kim Stokes, who managed all our U.S. administrative tasks for over twenty years, and Melissa Traynham, who is doing that work now; and many friends who help in a myriad ways, from providing me with watercolor paints for my spare time to sending me Christmas cards to simply being friends.

That’s about it. I continue to be amazed at what has grown out of my little bag of instruments and handful of leftover vitamins. There’s no guarantee as to how long it will all hold together; as I age, I am spending more time in Wisconsin.

Bote Pintado

For the last few years, I have been spending half of each year in the U.S., both for my own sanity, and in order for our local staff to learn to be more independent of me; which means I now do about as much supervising of our Peruvian staff as I do working personally with our patients. The pandemic stranded me in Wisconsin for over a year, during which we all learned to do more work remotely. In early 2022, we finally got internet service at the clinic, which will help with this.

But whether I am in Peru or in Wisconsin, I feel lucky to be doing what I am doing, and am immensely proud of our Peruvian staff and their abilities.