Today we went to the village of “Porvenir.” Our clinic’s location was one of the most comfortable. We had enough room for everything. People started coming slowly but come they did. 42 people were seen by our clinic by the end of the day. There were slow moments so some of us started playing with the children that hang around the clinic which is a fantastic way to rejuvenate and lift the spirit. One thing I have seen is how grateful and appreciative the people are when we show up. Dr. Benson and I—Pamela—made a house call to a lady that just had a biopsy. Her incision was checked and band aid replaced. The lady was grateful and extremely appreciative of our visit. It puts you in such a humble and graceful place when you visit a person who lives in a two-bedroom home with no windows or doors. Three generations living in this home but yet she has such a peaceful and loving spirit.
When it was time to pack up it started raining - raining hard. We travel in the back of an open pickup with the suitcases full of medicine. So all nine of us jumped into the back of the pickup and held on as we drove away with the rain falling on us, wind blowing on us and Carol Diethelm telling jokes! An adventure you have to experience to understand. There is tremendous love and compassion that flows from this group of volunteers. I watch and admire the gentle and caring way they care for each patient and it is an honor to be part of this mission trip. Tomorrow is another day and another adventure awaiting us.
Cathy Davis, M.D., Co-leader & Intake