Day 2 at Juan San Bista by Colette
We started the day with a surreal 1.5 hour drive up curvy rain soaked lightly graveled roads in a fog and light mist. Arriving in Juan San Bista we were greeted by approximately 50 patients waiting at the clinic building. With willing hands of help from the men of the community we had the clinic set up in no time. It is amazing how well 2 doctors and 2 nurse practitioners each with their interpreters can work in the same room and yet it feels like they each have their own “office.” The 106 patients varied from children to geriatrics with a multitude of problems. Even with the communication barrier it is possible to communicate the love and caring between us as children of God. ~ Colette Meidinger
Jodi's Reflection After After a successful day in clinic we were served a delicious meal at the convent house and then held a team meeting to critique our day and offer suggestions to improve our efficiency. Even though our goal is to help one patient at a time, we hope to see as many as possible.
The little children with big brown eyes let us give them medicines that sometimes taste horrible. Parents trust us to care for their loved ones, young or old. Their eyes watch us as we work and ears listen, even if they don’t understand. Lia, Thalia, Alex, and Emma, our interpreters are an important part of the body of the mission team. They are not only helping the patients, they are assuring we communicate as a team centered around the people in need.
The people accept and respect us. They stand in line for hours, in the rain, just to be checked into the clinic. Next they stand or sit patiently waiting to have vitals taken by the nurses. Then they wait again to actually see the medical providers. This is definitely a lesson in patience for our team. Discharge instructions with dispensing of medicines can be challenging, but we pray we have understood their needs and addressed a treatment, solution or explanation to that need.
We think of our families at home often. Yet we hope and pray that if the tables were turned and we were the ones in need that someone would be willing to give up their time to help and care for us.
I had never understood the depth of the emotional involvement of a mission trip. I thought it would be a great opportunity to help people, especially since I am a nurse, but truly after 2 MDP experiences it is not the people of Chiapas who are blessed. It is those of us who have been blessed by them. ~ Jodi Volz
3rd Day By Colette
We started with a shorter drive today to the town of Naranjo for clinic. Our clinic was set up in a narrow educational annex to the Catholic Church. After assessing all the options we ended up with a smooth running clinic. We felt we were at the Ritz as we were able to utilize a back room for a private consult room and had an “el bano” on site. The provider offices were able to be separated from the nurse’s station and pharmacy by a curtain for even more privacy, even if the provider offices were the width of a plastic chair away from each other. We are always mindful of HIPPA. There was a constant flow of patients through the nurse’s station with at least 20 patients standing at the door for their number to be called all day. Again we see the need for health care in this area as it was softly raining all day as these people waited outside as there was no room in the annex for anyone extra. We had a beautiful view of the town from the church lot as it was one of the highest areas in the town. It was another busy day with 103 patients and as always so hard at the end of the day to send the last ones away without being seen. We have never been so “blessed” as we have been here. We receive cheek kisses, hugs, handshakes, verbal “God Bless You” and goodbyes with handshakes as many leave after receiving encouragement, new glasses, medications and the reassurance that we care.
Megan and Helen are getting the pharmacy in tip top shape! Fact is, Helen has promoted Megan to Chief Pharmacy Tech already. The third day at clinic and we have a promotion, that is how well things are flowing together.
As we are enjoying the warm weather and warm love from the people here, we do miss our families and wish they could see this out pouring of love. We don’t miss the cold temperatures we are hearing about in Minnesota. From Nancy, Aaron and Colette - A special thank you to the staff at the UHD Clinics in Wells in Winnebago for sending us on this trip with encouragement and prayers, we think of you often and wish you well in our absence. ~Colette