To name just a few highlights of today in 3 categories:
What touched my heart:
- The gratefulness of the patients we cared for, the countless smiles of the women and children...even though they did not feel well, the dedicated staff of San Lucas so eager to assist us and help in any way. What tugged at my heart...was when we had to turn people away because we ran out of time, they have no future date known when a clinic will be available to them. slso a tug at my heart was when the two women who required more intense care at the hospital...looked and asked, ' but how will I possibly pay for that?"
What inspired me:
- The energy, passion and leadership of our MDP leaders... Susan Peller CNP and Dr Cathy Davis. The two of them guided us "freshman on the team" and knew exactly what to do, where to go, and how to handle street vendors!
What surprised me today:
- The narrow, winding streets; the Guatemalan children were so well behaved in clinic...even if they had to wait for hours to be cared for by our team; the grateful spirit of the patients we saw; and street vendors that don't forget your name and where to find you; and two additional volunteer couples from Ohio that joined our group..."just to be of service"...they helped out tremendously to translate for some of us who know little Spanish.
- When we were able to provide reading glasses to three patients...the smiles on their face were priceless; telling the young children a small littke story about "two little birdies sitting on a fence"....the children laughed, their mothers laughed, and then the children tried to make their "tissue birdies" to fly away from their fingers and come back again!
My words just touch the "tip top" of this powerful day in clinic day#1. As I savor this day...I realize it is the prayers and support of people from home and those who support MDP who make this clinic possible, for people who would not have basic care, which we take for granted at home. Am grateful to our compassionate God for this opportunity to care!