by By Nancy Linder
Today began the journey of another eager MDP Mission Group, prepared and ready to serve the people of Chiapas, Mexico. Many of us left our homes and families very early this morning- some as early as 1:30 am, coming from Chisholm in northern Minnesota, Winnebago, Easton, Mankato, and Madison Lake in southern Minnesota, Muscatine, Iowa and from Petatlan, Guerrero, Mexico. We have left behind our families, work, co-workers and the comfort of our homes out of love and willingness to serve God’s people.
Notwo No two groups are ever the same. This team has a variety several returning volunteers and with four new members who will be embarking on their first journey with MDP.
Meet the Team:
Lia Price- Co-leader and Board Member of MDP
Nancy Linder- Co-leader, Nurse Practitioner
Mayra Taylor- Interpreter
Lauren Stevermer- Interpreter
Chaz Brown- Interpreter
Colette Meidinger- Lab tech/nursing assistant
Sherry Bobich- Nurse
Dr Rich Peller, M.D.
Dr Bob Christiansen, M.D.
Carol Ries- Pharmacy tech
Kyle Meidinger- Pharmacy tech
Our flights from Minneapolis to Tuxla, Mexico were uneventful with a smooth transition through customs in Mexico City prior to our last flight to Tuxla.. By 8:00 pm we safely arrived at our final destination of the day- The Retreat Home in Tuxla. The staff there was ready for us, with a warm, home cooked meal. For those of us returning to this place, we immediately felt we were “home again”.
We are ready to care for the people of Chiapas, and pray we are able to see those who need our care most.
Please keep us in your prayers as we begin this ten day journey!
Day 2, Feb. 20, 2016
By Nancy Linder
After breakfast we headed to our first clinic in Llano Grande , population 800, near Coapilla. MDP has been at this location in the past. A line of patients awaited our arrival. One elderly gentleman with very arthritic knees proudly reported he had seen our providers three years ago, and was given a cortisone injection in both knees that gave him relief from his chronic pain for six months. Today he asked if we could once again give him an injection in both knees to help him with his arthritic pain.
He was a living reminder of how one small intervention can make such impact on ones’ quality of life.
Day 3, Feb. 21, 2016
By Carol Ries and Colette Meidinger
We arrived at clinic today on a warm, sunny day to an inviting community. Clinic was held at a remote village, Morelia. This is the first time MDP has been to this village.
The nurses did intake outside of a very small clinic, with 1/2 of the clinic structure having dirt floors.
There are reminders all around clinic today of the need for basic health care. For example an elderly woman visited clinic today with chronic pain. She had fallen two years ago injuring her elbow. It was evident that she had suffered from a broken elbow as a result of her fall. She was not able to get medical attention. As a result, she now has a very deformed elbow joint and unable to extend her arm.
After clinic, we attended evening mass in Coapilla. This Mass intention was for our MDP team. We were introduced to the congregation during mass. The atmosphere overwhelmed us with feeling of humility, love and appreciation.
Following mass, we enjoyed a late supper prepared by the nuns while being entertained by a marimba band. Singing and dancing commenced after supper in honor of Nancy’s birthday. The parish priests and visiting seminarians joined us for dinner. The Marimba band and the seminarians serenaded Nancy with the Mexican birthday song and a few other special songs. What a special way to celebrate a birthday! (Nancy decided she would like to be here again next year to celebrate!)
Day 4, Feb. 22, 2016
by Rich Peller
We woke today to a beautiful sunny cool day and had another wonderful meal prepared by the sisters. Clinic today was at a town named Morelos. It was not far from Coapilla. We drove about 10 minutes on the main road and when we turned off we could see Morelos in the distance several hilltops away. We still needed to bump our way for 40 more minutes up and down the valleys to get to this beautiful town. The views on the way were extraordinary! The way way back with the fog rolling in was even better.
The clinic was a one room cement building with 3 beds and sheets dividing them into 3 different semiprivate areas. The town leaders were ready for us and with our third day of clinic we were a well oiled machine getting set up. Also, now that we have worked together for a few days and feeling a bit more comfortable with each other we began teasing each other a bit more. :) The nurses were outside for check in and the rest of us were inside. We served approximately 107 people today and all went smoothly. Nancy and Myra did a home visit on a pt with a hip fracture 4 weeks ago that was healing in place without being set. The patient felt she was progressing well… She could stand with significant pain while holding on to a chair and hopping to the bathroom!!! Every clinic teaches me more about how tough and resilient these people are and reminds me to continue to be thankful for all I have been given by God’s grace and blessings.
This is also the first town I was able to do one of my most treasured things on these trips. Play with the kids. There was a basketball court close by and I played a little before and after clinic. The kids are always a load of fun and laugh at the uncoordinated old gringo trying to hang with them.
Thank you to all our family members picking up the slack at home and to all of you praying us through. We will see you soon.
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