We had our second clinic today in Xejuyu, a village we have visited several times before. Our team is running smoothly. Everyone works together well and there are many smiles and laughs throughout the day. We had the opportunity to serve 57 patients today and 63 yesterday in San Andres.
One vision which has stuck with me all day is that of one of my patients from this morning. She was a small 70 lb. 63 y/o woman who had headaches and was dizzy. Her real problem was she was hungry and couldn’t afford any food to eat. Her husband was ill and couldn’t work and her daughter had died. It sounded like most of their food came from a neighbor on occasion. My thought was how is my acetaminophen going to help her? And yet she expressed such deep appreciation for the visit and the acetaminophen. Yet what she desperately needs and we couldn’t provide is a steady source of food. And so again at the end of the day I am reminded of the difficulties of poverty but I will not be indifferent.
Being down here opens our eyes to the challenges many people face.
Tonight we had the opportunity to hear Andres speak about the Mayan people and life on the finca. His vest for life and the story of his past are truly inspirational.
Tomorrow in the afternoon we will do the "day in the life of the Mayan" class at the Women’s Center.
Good night for now.....