Our theme for today is "Connecting two worlds as one team to care....just for the health of it!"
We woke this morning all wearing our shirts from the clinics we work at in Minnesota! We are now a "well oiled team machine" = working together better than ever. We have the setup/take down routine down to a science. Today we cared for 40 patients in San Andres', Guatemala. This was a village founded in 2006. All the homes were cement blocked homes. Our clinic was set up in an empty dwelling, which gave us an opportunity to see inside what a typical home looks like....usually 3 bedrooms (no closets), kitchen area, living room and outside wash area. There is sometimes a bathroom (toilet) inside a tiny room inside the house.
Clinic ran from 10am to 1pm today. Our providers with their interpreters, nurses and pharmacy staff looked forward to caring for and connecting with the patients. The topic of childhood nutrition is a common theme. Mothers expressed their concern that they worried that their children may not get enough food to eat. The local health promoter from Guatemala shared that there is continual efforts to monitor the growth of children in each village. This issue of "not enough to eat" tugs at our hearts. The local hospital here in San Lucas takes great measures to assist the people here.
Susan, our nurse practitioner, stated that some patients she cared for have common problems that she also sees when she cares for patients in Minnesota. For example one woman that came in today stated that she had "Delor de Cabeza" (a headache)....when asked what made this pain worse, the woman stated it worsens when she fights with her husband! A universal connection we all understand.
A connection with school children! We have all had the experience of going to school...and to hear the singing of the school children today at the church while we were eating breakfast opened our heart to the Divine Spirit that is so alive in these people. Also while some children waited in line today at our clinic, our MDP intake people (Katie and Barb) led the small children in the Spanish and English version of the song "Head, shoulders, knees and toes...etc."
The "connection of two worlds" from kids to kids in two different countries came today when Dr. Cathy walked to the local grade school in San Andres and presented two brand new soccer balls from the youth group at the First Presbyterian Church in Mankato. After hugging Dr. Cathy and posing for a photo.this group of grade school boys put the new balls to use on the playground!
At the close of clinic today a priceless moment came when three children peered through the pharmacy window to say good bye to Cindy, our MDP pharmacy crew member.
Our MDP group spent the later part of the afternoon touring the special projects of San Lucas Mission...the JuanAna coffee processing plant, the Women & Childrens Community Center and the San Lucas Hospital. Even though we may live miles apart from each other...connection through caring for "the health of it" makes our world a little kinder of a place for all of us!
The pictures of today are worth more than all the words we could possibly write! We hope you enjoy and feel our connection in caring!
God is so good all the time and we close this day recounting the blessings we have received! God is "The Great Connecter of Care" to all. Thanks for your prayers and support.
shared by Barb Traxler