Hello to all of our friends and family back in Minnesota!!! Today we attended our second day of clinic in Panamaquip. The village was up in the mountains near San Lucas. The drive up there was absolutely beautiful!! This is a village I nicknamed "Jurassic Park" because of the steep terrain with the vines draping the sides of very deep ravines. The road is narrow and steep-at times it felt like we were going up at such a sharp angle as if on our way to the heavens through a beautiful sky! The weather is very warm with nearly clear skies all day. The coffee bean trees line the road ways and mountain sides. The corn now harvested with just the dry stalk remaining serves as the support for the vines of beans that climb up the stalks.
In the village, the children came to the clinic with curiosity to see the "gringos", but stayed all day to play with the team when time allowed. Their happy faces brought a warm feeling to the hearts of every team member. One of the children playing with us even called Dr. Jim "Grandpa" in English!!!
After clinic today, the team took a few minutes to walk to the San Lucas cemetery to visit the burial site of Father Greg Schaffer. What a humbling site that was to see!!! The site was decorated with many flowers and wreaths of colorful flowers from the recent celebration of All Saints and All Souls day-otherwise known here as Dia de Los Santos and Los Muertos.
Within two days of clinic, our team of ten has become united as one- one goal, one vision and one desire: to serve the people of Guatemala.
Just as an FYI- we have not felt any after shocks of the Earthquake that occurred yesterday. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this tragedy.
To our friends and families back in Minnesota, we thank you for your continued support and prayers while we are away.
To our Friends at UHD Clinics and Hospital, Sara and Nancy hope you are doing well in our absence- we are enjoying our work without the influence and stress of computers, EMR, insurance companies, medicare, and API.
Despite our hard work at clinic and our dishwashing duties, we find it quite delightful not having to do any cooking, laundry or house cleaning!!!
Peace to All- the November MDP team
Author: Sarah Peller
I'm a senior in high school on my second trip to Guatemala. I will be working in the pharmacy and also hold the title of Blog Poster Extraordinaire! So if our blog isn't updated, I am the one to whom you send the angry emails. Thanks for following our blog!