We are currently sitting in the clinic that we are working in for the day. We have seen many patients with many different sicknesses that people in the United States are protected against because of doctors, medications, and clean water. Whoever thought that making a fort as a child would never come in handy was absolutely incorrect., Today we built a room out of sheets for the private inspections of the patients by the doctors. This will help diagnose the right medications for UTI, abdominal pain, and even resetting bones. We walked around the little town of San Martin, and saw the daily challenges of the Guatemalan people. We saw women with baskets full of laundry on their heads and men carrying an incredible amount of wood on their backs. When they come to the clinic we now know why they have headaches, and backaches. (If only they had Advil like we have in the States…) One moment of our day that stuck out to both of us was when we were eating lunch outside the clinic and all the children had left to go eat with their families, and one child who had holes in his clothes and shoes that were two sizes to small started pacing back and forth right in front of us. We looked at each other and we both knew that we weren’t supposed to give the child food but we had a huge bag of pineapple and there was no way we could eat the whole thing so as best we could we asked the boy if he would like a piece, and he ran at us and took the piece and savored each bite. The joy that we both saw in the kid eyes was a really heart touching moment for both of us. When we finish with the clinic we will return to the parish for dinner and we might go watch some more soccer, but until then…Adios Amigos!
Hello again from Guatemala where it’s 80 degrees and sunny at the moment! Today Aunikah and the rest of the group are setting up a clinic in San Juan El Mirador, while I stay back because at the moment I have some stomach issues . When the team gets back I should be able to join them for the evening. I’m hoping that I will be better for our last day of clinic tomorrow.
Today our clinic was in the village of Por Venir. We saw around 50 people and the kids were a lot better behaved then they were at San Juan El Mirador. Grace is feeling a lot better today and is able to enjoy Por Venir with the team. After setting up the pharmacy we left Kim and Tanya in charge of the pharmacy and we went out to the town to find a soccer field (because there is literally 1 every 3 blocks). We took out a ball and started playing with 2 boys but the rest of the kids were scared to play. After awhile we had a game going and Grace’s team won because she had a guy who was AMAZING! At the end of our game we gave the ball to a boy who had started to play with us from the beginning and he looked at the ball like it was the best thing he was ever given. He walked back to his house with a look of thankfulness in his eyes. When we returned to the clinic we played with the children waiting to be seen by a doctor (they are really cute.) We then packed up the clinic and returned to San Lucas, and we got ready to go out for dinner at the Toliman (We were both really excited for that because the parish food was getting really old.) Enough for today we will write again tomorrow hope your having a great week in the snow
Today we didn’t have a clinic but instead we made contributions to the Guatemalan economy by purchasing local goods. We took a boat around Lake Atitlan, and saw the different cultures of each little village surrounding the Gigantic Lake. We ended up buying things for our friends and families, and finally got a very small amount of color because every other day it had been raining. Tonight was our last night sleeping in San Lucas because tomorrow we will wake up early go to church, and head to Antigua where we will be having a nice dinner and hot showers before we head back to the states!
Can’t wait to see you all. We will keep in touch. Adios Amigos!
Hello again. Today we saw the town of Antigua! (It looks like what we both imagine Greece to look like). We are surrounded by three volcanoes and one that is active at the moment. We have done some shopping and we ate dinner at a restraunt that is surrounded by the ruins of a past earthquake. One more night of sleep until we head home and we are staying at a bed and breakfast names Casa Ovalle (it's really nice compared to the places that we have been staying throughout the past week.) Tomorrow we pack up and get on our flight at 12 noon. We will arrive in the states hopefully at 12 midnight. We will both have to get all of our homework done and will both enjoy very hot showers and finally clean socks!!!
See you all soon!