We are currently sitting at clinic, all providers working hard, 7 residents of Rio Blanca waiting patiently to be seen. Children are running around greeting our team members with big hugs and even some kisses!
Today is our first full day of clinic, and our third day together as a team. For some of us, it's our first trip with MDP, some of us are seasoned veterans, and some fall somewhere in the middle. We all bring something to the team, whether it be leadership skills (thanks Nancy & Lia!), communication skills, experience, new insight & ideas, & of course the great sense of humor that we all seem to share! Our first few days did not go by without a few bumps in the road (both literally & figuratively!), but it is so clear that we work so well together & we look forward to the days to come as members of such an awesome group to work with. Our team dynamic is great--something very important to have, especially during a trip like this!
A quick rundown of our trip thus far for those at home wanting updates:
Day 1 was full of many "ups and downs", as we had three separate flights & a drive to the retreat center. We were all exhausted & were excited to be greeted with the wonderful team at the Retreat Center and a delicious meal & a hot shower.
On Day 2, after a restful night, we traveled to our "home" for the next four days at Cabanas Ensueno where we quickly unpacked & ate lunch before eagerly heading out to Tierra Blanca for a short day of clinic where we were able to see 27 patients. The afternoon was chaotic, as we were getting our bearings in each of our roles, and locating the many medications & supplies in the ten suitcases that were packed to operate clinic out of. Needless to say we were tired & a little frustrated by the end of the day--but nonetheless pulled through to support one another & still managed to have many laughs at dinner together.
Day 3 so far is going great! We were welcomed into a community called Rio Blanca into the home of some local residents to hold clinic. As nurses, we are having a wonderful time, checking in patients, interacting with the patients, playing with the kids & being able to observe the daily lives of the people of the community we are serving. The sights, sounds & even the smells are so much different than Minnesota! Tuk tuks, motorcycles, & trucks with beds filled with people zoom by, chickens & dogs roam freely, & people all outside, enjoying the fresh air during both work & play. We look forward to returning to this community tomorrow to serve people from the surrounding villages & communities. Today we also served people from the communities of Playa Azul and Dilla De La Rosas.
More to come,
Kate & Shannon, Las Enfermeras :)