A New Outlook on Life
Today we had our first full day of clinic in Rio Blanco. It definitely had its ups and downs, but overall it was a fantastic day. Each person you see holds a special place in your heart, but there are just some that will stick with you forever. Julie and I were working together today and one of our first patients was an elderly man in his late seventies who came in with problems with his vision. When asked what his problem was, he stated that he couldn't really see anything; it was all blurry. Julie and I did an eye exam and decided to fit him for reading glasses. As soon as he put the first pair of glasses on, his faced was beaming. He was so excited that he left in the middle of his consult to show the nearby provider and interpreter his new glasses and commented on how amazing it was to be able to see clearly. His face was beaming with delight with a smile that would melt your heart. We finished his consult and he was so grateful that he proceeded to go thank the rest of the team. To see how delighted this man was to be able to see clearly and the smile on his face has been one of the more touching experiences of this trip.
A Life of Family, Faith, & Values
We spent the day in a quaint, little town called Badenia. We served people from 5 different communities, some of which were over an hour away on foot. Generally while the providers are at the pharmacy getting medications, I have the opportunity to have causal conversations with the patients. Today I had a very touching conversation with a young man who was about the same age as me. I mentioned to him how I would love to live in a place like Chiapas and he asked me why I don't. I explained to him that I have an abundance of student loans that I will be paying off for a while and family that I wouldn't want to leave. He told me that I was lucky to have the opportunity to go to school and that life in the United States is much easier. I stated that I was lucky to go to school but it came at a great cost, and explained how much a year of college costs in the United States. I went on to say that life isn't as easy as it may be portrayed; the young man looked very confused. I stated that we have many blessings in the United States, such as: technology, easier access to health care, and a good education system, but all that also comes at an unseen cost. I then described to him the things that I love about Chiapas, such as: there is a deeper sense of community, the people are grateful for what they do have despite their level of poverty, there is a strong sense of faith within each community, and there is a great emphasis on traditions and family values. He agreed with me on all of those things. I told him that the United States has slowly grown away from all of those things. Technology has taken away from personal human relationships, people feel entitled, and there seems to be less emphasis on cultural traditions, and family values anymore. This young man responded with amazement as his perception of life in the United States was certainly different from what I described.
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