It's Saturday! We began the day with prayer. Susan led a reflection about God's presence in all of nature and in all we do and are, which was written by Sister Mary Beth of Loyola. Helen shared a reflection about vocations by Henri Nouwen. Breakfast at the parish center included some of their hardy oatmeal and ever present bread and peanut butter and wonderful coffee. Lia headed up the sandwich making crew making our lunches. John Norris' granddaughter and a friend from St. Scholastica joined us for the day.
We climbed into two trucks and stopped at the bodega. No it's not a bar but is the parish clinic pharmacy. It was another enjoyable ride out into the country. People wave at us all along the way. After about 40 minutes we arrived and set up the clinic in San Juan. (Yesterday we were in Porvenir.) We are hauling 5 suitcases of medicines and supplies.
The nurses, Shannon and Teri and interpreter greeter, Jill were stationed outside of the building. They toughed out a really hot day in the sun. The doctors and their interpreters, John and Lia; Cathy and Steph; and Bob and Dave each had stations set up in three corners of the room. The pharmacy had a wonderful location just inside the door with 4 tables! Our pharmacy team consisted of Nick, Maggie, Anna, Alyssa and me. The addition of the St. Scholastic students, along with our growing knowlege of the pharmacy world, and tables and more space made for a smooter day for all of us! The doctors commented that they see different types of problems in the different villages. Sprinkled into the day was again a lot of laughter and fun with the village children. They sure love to play and are great fun.
We had a steady flow of patients and finished about 3:30 p.m. John bought the whole bunch of us ice cream cones on the way home. After a hot day, that sure hit the spot. John has treated several MDP groups to ice cream. What a guy! And also a great doctor!! Tonight we will go out to eat at a restaurant as a group, instead of joining everyone at the parish. It's a treat for us. We truly appreciate the support and prayers of all of you and look forward to seeing you soon! Oh, and by the way, the weather is outstanding! We will have 2 more days of clinic next week.