Sorry for the late posts, as we have had limited connectivity the past two days.
Meet the team!
Team Leaders: Bridget Hermer - interpreter
and Nancy Linder FNP
Interpreters: Ana Ovalle, Monica Cuellar (and Nurse)
Pharmacy: Dynette Niebuhr, Sam Callisto
Nurses: Mary Arndt and Katie Eiselt
Doctors: Jim Eiselt and John Norris
Intake: Isabella Ovalle
A message from Nancy...
After work on Monday, I spent the night doing my packing and final preparation for our upcoming mission. Unfortunately, I failed to save some time for a little nap before taking off for Mankato to meet up with the rest of the team at 2 am. As I traveled to Mankato with my friend Dynette, I marveled at the beautiful sunset in the western horizon, however, my friend Dynette reminded my it was 1 am- that wasn’t the sun, it was the moon!!! (time has passed so fast tonight, it was already morning!!!) We laughed so hard we almost cried-funny what fatigue will do for you.
Our team met at the airport at 3:30 am. Following a somewhat challenging check in at the airport (our attendant had a little difficulty mastering her job) we made it to the gate in time to load the plane. We had a 20 minute delay for de-icing the plane, but oh well, it is Minnesota!! We made our connection flight (barely) and then off to Guatemala. We arrived in Guatemala approximately 12:50 pm and literally sailed through customs without even so much as a question or opening of a suitcase!!!
After supper and a short orientation, we settled into our hotel- the Iquitiu for a good night sleep!!! All is well… we are tired, but eager to begin our journey together! (for those of you that have been in this Hotel, they have done some remodeling in the rooms (updating) and all new beautiful bedding. We are the only people here at the mission until Friday.
Keep us in your prayers…
November 13, 2013
Today we set off for our first day in the village of San Juan Mirador….. Of course we all loved the ride to clinic in back of a pickup truck as we enjoyed the open air, the view of the volcanoes, coffee bean crop, and the Guatemalan people walking along the roadside as they went about their daily business. The weather today was more warm than usual-but it still beats the Minnesota weather we left behind on Tuesday morning!!
In clinic today, we served 66 patients- three of them were house calls. Things went amazingly smooth for being our first day of clinic! Who would have guessed we have 5 members of our team that are making their first trip with MDP. (They are experts already!!) Our pharmacy team - Sam and Dynette were quick to catch on to the difficult task of running a pharmacy. Our interpreters Bridget, Monica and Ana were outstanding! And of course, it’s always an honor and privilege to be back working side by side by two of our MDP expert Physicians Dr. Jim and Dr. John. Our nurses Katie and Mary were comforting to the long line of patients awaiting a doctor and had the opportunity to do some much needed wound care. As always, a smile from a patient has a way of melting your heart. It’s good to be back working with Jesus, the village health promoters and the volunteers at the Parish. It’s been a good day…. Right now, the team is having a good round of “What’s yours like?” with lots of laughs and good entertainment!! The team did let Bridget win…. Just to stay on her good side…. And we are ready to take on another day!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with our family, friends, and supporters of MDP!!