What a trip! This was a wonderful gift for all of us, wasn't it, Dream Team? We had the privilege of leaving the work, worries and obligations of our daily responsibilities, to go experience, understand and appreciate a completely different way of life. (We thank our families from the bottoms of our hearts for letting us do so.) Not only did we step into the lives of our Guatemalan friends, but we stepped into each other's as well. By leaving our busy, self-focused lives at home, we were able to walk beside, aid and learn from the precious Maya. We were also able to learn, from a collection of talented, kind, wise and unique gringos, things that we wouldn't have taken time to learn at home. We had tremendous interpreters!
One was Carol, a seasoned, humble jack of all trades, frequent MDP flier, excellent communicator, fun/ny, smiley, and wise. She was he backbone our our communication strategy. Pamela was our other interpreter. We got to share with her the fulfillment of the dream of coming down to work in Latin America. She herself was a Chilean, and deep down had a connection with them as she does with us. She offered us great perspective of a loving, Latino heart among us. It's an awfully warm and big heart, at that, and it was special to us to have that connection.
We had a terrific, hard-working nurse Leah bringing in a different medical perspective than the doctors, and because we were such a true team with no pretenses, she was able to offer good and wise perspective that may not be as readily heard on a typical day at work at home. Her motherly kindness was a sweet witness as well, and her irreverence, a comic relief.
Our pharmacists were highly educated, very experienced non-medical people, named Trisha and Dick. They were like mom and dad. They offered all sorts of wisdom in story, as well as example. They're sweet temperaments and wisdom both came from the years of experience between them. We must learn ourselves to be wise and to listen to their carefully offered teaching so that we can do better our time around.
Then there are those doctors. Interesting how they cover stress with humor. Much humor. The guys laughed to the point of tears almost every night. Cathy took the people head-on at intake. Always available for Pediatric consultation, she was our our point person. With her exceptionally deep passion and commitment to these people, that was right where she belonged. She questioned her ability to lead us well, and our resounding answer was, "yes!" John, a hilarious stand up comedian on the side, could not hide from us the fact that he has a deep, compassionate heart, and highly analytical mind, and he refreshingly questioned whether what and how we are doing things is the best way. We are wise to take time and review that. And lastly, Rich was our team and spiritual leader. Besides his known excellent medical talents, he shined too in his leadership. I have known well this fine man for 26 years, and he has become the fatherly leader and friend that anyone, certainly I, would want going into battle. As for me, it was my third trip. It's incredible every time! Thanks everybody for all the impact! Johann
Cathy Davis, M.D., Co-leader & Intake