By Nancy Linder
Behind every face is a story waiting to be told………
Every day we come upon a patient or a family member with a facial expression that you can just tell has a story behind it.
Many of our patients present to clinic with chronic pain, skin problems, acute illness and chronic medical problems related to poverty. After these problems have been addressed, we sometimes see in their eyes and facial expression a potential problem, sadness, loss, or personal problem that they feel is insignificant. There is often a story that may be related to the medical problems they present with, or a personal experience that that burdens them day to day.
For example, we heard the stories from many mothers who lost an infant during the first days or months of life many times due to home deliveries or lack of health care. The 65 year old women we took care of who was suffering from paralysis, and an inability to talk , the loss of independence and the frustration of her life as the result of a stroke eight years prior. On a cold day in clinic, a 60 year old woman was noted to be bare footed, and in further discussion, she told the doctor she has never owned a pair of shoes. The widowed women working in the fields because they lost their husbands prematurely and but need to support their children. Yes, every face has a story. Many times we just need let them tell us their story…
Feb 27, 2016
By Carol Ries
A forgotten village… full of gratitude. Los Llanos sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic, rugged mountains. The lovely surroundings provide a stark contrast to the abject poverty and isolation of the people who live there. Many members of this community speak Tzotzil, so individuals from the community who could speak Spanish and Tzotzil volunteered to interpret for our team’s Spanish interpreters. Maria, a volunteer from Caritas, has graciously volunteered for several days to interpret from Tzotzil to Spanish and has worked side by side with our MDP team - often working long hours on her arthritic knees - but always with a cheerful countenance and a spirit of solidarity with the people in the communities we have served. At the end of our clinic today, the community leader of Los Llanos spoke to our team in gratitude for our service. He reminded us not to forget them and shared his hope that MDP would return to Los Llanos again and again to help their community members. MDP team members were grateful for the opportunity to once again serve the people of Los Llanos and continue to be reminded of the face of God in each individual we encounter on this mission trip.