Who

 

“Every one of us can start changing headlines when we start reaching out our hands.”

-Ann Voskamp

As the title suggests, I am nearly six feet tall (~181 cm) and definitely still growing. Someone recently asked me (after reading my blog), “How tall do you think you’ll grow to be?” I need to clarify: I’m a big fan of something called word play. I warmly responded that I am convinced I have finished growing physically but I hope I never stop growing emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I’m a twenty-something currently processing a quarter-life crisis; these thoughts are the byproduct of confusion, uncertainty, and a dash of loneliness.

My career is comprised of two specialties: pediatric and emergency nursing. As it turns out, in order to successfully work with children you have to be goofy, say silly things, and make fun of yourself often. I am fluent in English, Spanish, and (slowly) learning French. I’d rather explore the eccentric corners of this big, fat globe we occupy than do almost anything else.

I am currently volunteering with Mercy Ships, a faith-based nonprofit, until June 2017. I spent 4 months in Madagascar and will be in Benin, West Africa, for the upcoming year. My work with the Mercy Ships screening team began in August. This team is responsible for finding and selecting patients for surgery as well as coordinating the logistics of their stay on the ship.

You can sign up for my newsletter by sending me an email at kayla.innis@mercyships.org.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope my stories resonate with you.

Kayla

” ‘Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

-Zechariah 4:6

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Patient assessment in Cotonou, Benin. (August 2016). (If you’re wondering what that is…it’s an ameloblastoma, a cystic and bony tumor of the mandible.)

 

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Playing with Samsdine, a patient I met in northern Benin. He was severely malnourished due to his cleft lip and palate. He fattened up in the Infant Feeding Program and is having surgery as I type this!

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©2016 Mercy Ships Photo Credit Justine Forrest; OBF Screening dockside party to celebrate International Women’s Day. Tamatave, Madagascar. (March 2016).

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Keeping the world quirky since 1990.

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