We arrived for clinic early and were able to take a quick hike to a lookout area above the village. We are blessed today with a large building to hold clinic. Everyone was able to be in the shade and not have to wait hours in the sun. Our day is winding down and we have 78 patients registered and about 15 of them will need a separate interpreter as they speak one of the local Mayan languages. This always adds an extra dimension to the doctor visit. So far we have seen a wide variety of patients - adult men and women, youth and small children. The children are darling (what child isn’t) and mostly well behaved for having to wait to be seen. Would you wait 2 hours just to get registered for your visit?
Our patients have general aches and pains today. We feel fortunate not to have the extremely ill patients as we did yesterday. We have seen diabetic patients who have extremely high blood sugars. Our pharmacy techs Kyle and Judy have been busy counting and packaging pain medicines, gastric medicines and other varieties of medicines.
Although it is frustrating and heartbreaking to close clinic when there are still patients to see we had to do it today. Thankfully we will be in the same community tomorrow. Even though the day was long we had had a good day at clinic and our team is working well together. We thank everyone at home for the prayers and support you are giving us and wish you could all be here with us.