April 19, 2012
Day 2 of clinic at the village of Xejuyu* brought us many patients and some new friends. We saw about 85 people and surprisingly enough only one of those patients was an adult male—the rest were all women and children.
The day started out a little slow but picked up greatly after lunch and we were able to see all the patients that came to the clinic. I (Leah) am actually starting to speak and even understand some Spanish and was able to give instructions to mothers re: lice treatments for their children—although after about 8 treatments it was beginning to become second nature.
As this is the first mission trip for me, I am enjoying the beautiful countryside and all of the different challenges the days bring. I have greatly enjoyed the different culture and learning about the different villages throughout the trip thus far. I am moved to serve and happy to be here! I am so glad that I have made this trip and thank my family and those that helped make it possible for me to be here… I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!
*Xejuyu is pronounced like “shay-who-you”
Carol adds - As an aside...As Jesus Antonio, our coordinator from the parish ushered in our last patient yesterday--a gal who had been helping out--he said, "She has pain in her head, shoulders, knees and toes" -- an overt/successful attempt at humor! (Of course, John Benson and I responded by singing it...) Big smiles!
Cathy Davis, M.D., Co-leader & Intake