Thursday, April 12, 2018

Continuing in Lemoa

Several of us were in Lemoa today. We started our morning cleaning and then our team devotional.

Visiting Kemmel and Lisa, for about a month, is Kemmel's mom, Roberta.  It is good to have her with us again.  Gaspar talked about harmony within yourself and how it affects harmony within the workplace, church and community. If you are struggling within yourself, you are not likely to have harmony in other aspects of life.  So very true............

Kemmel was able to purchase some plastic diabetic teaching sheets for us.  We will hang them before each clinic.

It will help increase awareness of diabetes and also reinforce the teaching that we do during the consult.

Lisa, not too long ago had a diabetic patient that is only sixteen years old.  Today, I had a new diabetic patient that is only twenty-four.

One lady came in today with the complaint of a breast mass.  After I collected the history, I was helping her on the exam table and when I looked over at the neighbor, I noticed that she had a black bag. Often times, these black bags are filled with goodies. So I ask her if she has anything to show me and she already has had an ultrasound done!

The ultrasound showed a small mass that is suspicious of being malignant.  She is 42 years old, with two small children and she had not returned to the clinic since they told her that surgery would cost 7,000 Q.  The mas has grown quite a bit.  We all talked to her and told her what she needed to do on Friday.  I wrote out a reference for her so she could be seen at the national hospital.  We will see what happens.

Saturday, Kemmel and Roberta are going to drive Carol and I to Montellano for a surgical week.  I look forward to seeing everyone.  We pray that the team from the states arrives safely and that all of the patients do well next week.

Stay tuned..........I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tomasa and Drew's Poem about Quiche

Tomasa's mom and grandmother came to visit us today in Lemoa.  She was born with a cleft lip and plate and she is currently six months old.

If she continues to do well, she will have surgery in Montellano in August and Alice will sponsor the surgery.

Tomasa with her mom and her grandmother.

A few weeks ago, we had groups from Harding University and David Lipscomb University.  Drew was a translator on those trips and he wrote a poem about Quiche.  He also made a video of when he was in the market and he spotted a small lady pulled some coins out and gave them to a man in the street.  It was a very touching video.  Here is Drew's poem and it has great insight to the Mayan Culture.

El Quiche Today

In these dusty hills covered with pine and oak,
the Quiche Mayan live lives of hope.
The martyrs of the past they mourn,
as they birth their children and grow their corn.
They remember the days of fear and war,
with peace today, they hope for more.
The wish for peace is still ongoin',
they even put it on their quetzal coin.
They go to church and pray to El Señor,
to change Guatemala to Great Mejor. 

Drew, thank you for the work that you did in Chichicastenango and we hope that you return!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Back in Chichi

Not too long after I returned to Chichi, I headed to Mexico with Kemmel and Lisa.  Their sponsoring congregation, Eastside Church of Christ had asked me to join them as they went to Cozumel.  They are a main supporter of the orphanage there, Ciudad de Angeles.

We arrived in the late evening and then jumped on a small plane to go to Cozumel.  We were going to take a ferry over but they have been having safety issues with we thought it was best to fly over and it was a lot of fun!

We walked out on the runway and took a seat behind the pilots.

 I stole a couple of Lisa's photos since hers turned out better than mine.  Thank you, Lisa!

 Lisa getting ready to enjoy her quick flight!

 Kemmel is also ready for an adventure!

When we landed, we took a taxi to an Airbnb that Kemmel found for us.  As we waited for the key to the house, we found a taco place that Kemmel and Lisa knew about.  I had porkchop you ask, "Were they good?"  Well, my response is, "Yes!  They were so good that I had porkchop tacos three times that week!"

It was a good week.  We worked with Eastside and also had a day to chill at the beach.

Then it was time to return and get geared up! 

Last week I had a Pap/ IVAA class and Brenda translated for me. We already have sixteen ladies scheduled for a clinic already.  Tomorrow I will be in clinic and then have a class in Chuchipaca in the afternoon.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Life in the Wind!

Since I returned to Guatemala, it feels like I have been running..............but it has been good and exciting!

We finished up with the spring break teams from Harding and Lipscomb Universities.  Dave and Susan Melllor did a great job of leading those teams and we had the opportunity to meet Jana, Susan's sister. 

The following Monday, the roads were closed to to protests so it pretty much shut everything down for the day. They had threatened to continue for the rest of the week but thankfully, it was only on Monday.

Then it is time to do laundry and pack for another adventure!

Kemmel and Lisa's sponsoring congregation, Eastside Church of Christ from Colorado Springs work with an orphanage and they invited me to go along this year. 

We left Chichi yesterday at 0700 and it took thirty minutes to get out of Chichi due to the traffic.  Then on the highway to the capital, it was pretty much stop-and-go a few feet.  But, we safely arrived and in time to grab a lunch of McDonalds and Subway.

After landing in Mexico, we needed to jump on a small plane to fly to Cozumel.  We sailed through customs without delay and then had just minutes to find the next terminal......we were filled with fear because we thought we may miss the flight.  Kemmel grabbed a taxi and explained our situation so the driver stepped on it and we arrived in time!!

We walked out to the twin prop and climbed on!  There was excitement in the air from making the flight!

 Getting ready for the props to fire up!

 Photo very blurry due to the vibration as were were getting cranked!  I shared my desire to fly and we talked about my conversations with Brenda, Doyle and Cary in Montellano..........another dream that I have!

 Ready for take off!

It was a quick thirty minute flight over to Cozumel.  Kemmel and Lisa had told me about pork chop tacos near where we were we stopped over there and all I can say is, "If you do not eat there, you are really missing something!"  It was delicious!

The owner of the Air B&B found us as were were finishing dinner........of course it was not hard to spot us!  She and her husband helped us settle in and gave us a tour of the area.  Very nice and maintained.

A dream-catcher in the tree with a swing........good sport for afternoon reading.

We will play for the day and then meet the group for a week of work.

Stay tuned for more adventures!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Lipscomb meets Chutzurob!

Several of the Lipscomb team went with us to Chutzurob, which is one of my favorite clinics.  We saw the ABC Children and a few regular patients.

Getting the ABC Children checked in.

Heights and weights are important to see how the children are progressing.

We do not want any children to have a fever.

After the children have their consult, they colored and read books.

Then before they left the clinic, they had a photo taken, so their sponsor could see how they are doing.

I met Nelson.  He is doing great in school and his physical exam was good.  He is sponsored by some of my friends, Brenda and Doyle.  I told Nelson that I knew his sponsors and that I had just seen them last month in Montellano.  Thank you, Brenda and Doyle!

OK, I will brag a minute.  This is one of my new ABC Children, Rosita.  Her names is Rosa and she also has about four other names. I asked her what her friends call her and she told me, "Rosita."  So, Rosita it shall be!  She is nine years old

When it came time for lunch, I think that everyone was ready!  We enjoyed beef soup and tamalitos!  These are some of my favorite foods, with some of my favorite people!

Tomorrow, it is another day and another adventure!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Harding in Mactzul VI!!

Harding went with us out to Mactzul VI for an ABC clinic today.  We had 46 ABC children and everyone was doing good.

We had three stations to see the students and the families.

The Harding students started with a patient and joined them in the consult and then in pharmacy.

Ana started joking when she saw I had my camera.  I got a fine photo of her hand!

Brenda, our new nurse with some students.

Susan, Jana and Dave busy with their work.

Taking a few minutes just to chat.

Dave and the ladies..............

Kemmel, at work..........he never runs out of things to fix or do.

Look mom!  My tattoo is as large as my hand!

I saw Jose today!  He sure has grown in the last few years.  He is sponsored in the ABC Program by Glenn and Neva!  He said to tell you hi!

It was a fast clinic and a good one.

I met a young lady that has epilepsy and will follow her in our regular clinic in Mactzul I on Fridays.  A very sad situation but hopefully, we will be able to help her.

Harding heads to Antigua.  They will enjoy the night there and then fly home.  Thank you for your work and we look forward to your visit next year!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Clinic in Pacaja Xesic

Today, some of us headed to the Pacaja Xesic community to do an ABC Clinic.

First, I want to share a photo that I took yesterday of Sydney, who is a biology student at Harding University. She will eventually enter the PA Program. She had borrowed a stethoscope from her dad and during the travel, it had become ill. So, we splinted and taped it and then it was good to go!

We had a great day yesterday with the students and look forward to the rest of the week with them.

Today, we traveled to Pacaja Xesic, on the other side of Santa Cruz del Quiche.  We had students from Pacaja and also Chajbal. We had 21 ABC Children and 8 regular patients.

We had people waiting when we arrived.

I know many of the students since we use to have some English classes here.  They have really grown and are doing well.  We have students studying to be physicians, nurses and accountants.  One wants to be a psychologist and another wants to be an orthodontist. What great goals!

Soon, the children were coloring, having their photo taken, reading books and having a video made.

No matter the age, everyone seemed to have a good time!

This little boy finished his page and was so excited with the final results.

The children from Pacaja have been in the ABC Program for several years now.  They are very well groomed and have more self-confidence.  This is the first year for the Chajbal students and you can see the difference in the children.  The ABC Program helps children and families on many different levels.  I know that in the future we will see changes in the new children, as far as hygiene and dental care. What a blessing the program is to the families and to the community.

If you have questions concerning the ABC Program and would like more information, please let me know.  We all have the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.