Saturday, January 31, 2009
The most pleased patient of the day was an elderly gentleman that has had difficulty walking for many years. Sarah and I saw him two weeks ago and he returned today to let us know he was better. He was so excited and thankful. He wanted to show us how much better he was walking and wanted some more of that wonderful medicine. Good job, Sarah!
Ok, I hesitate mentioning this because as soon as I do, I will jinx myself. We met Mr. Coke Man on the road home today...........he had run out of diesel and his brakes had stopped working. Notice the wooden blocks behind his back tires. That is just double bad luck! We offered him some of our diesel but we did not have a way to transfer it. We were lucky we did not have a long wait and thanks to Lisa, we had snacks to enjoy...............but Mr. Coke Man did not offer us a Coke :(
No clinics for two days. I will head to Antigua tomorrow morning after worship and visit with a few friends and return to Santa Cruz on Monday evening. Have a great weekend!
Friday, January 30, 2009
These views were from when we first pulled up and then walked down to the area they meet for worship.
When we first arrived they served us coffee and bread. We then had a time of worship together and it was a time of encouragement. There were only a few people there and I was not sure how many patients we would have........if we had any.
Then they pulled out the megaphone and then started announcing the clinic.........and then the patients arrived. We ended up with 50 patients and everything went well. We saw many of the typical illnesses that we have when we start new clinics.
The children were precious and were a little reluctant of the camera at first........but then they warmed up a little.
The ladies served us a bowl of hot soup and tortillas. There were fresh hot peppers for those who were brave enough to try them. One of the ladies was 9 months pregnant and saw Lisa for a consult. Lisa encouraged her to go to the hospital because her blood pressure was very high and she is a high-risk delivery. She would not go because she said she needed to serve us lunch. All we can do is pray that she changes her mind and her family takes her.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
We wanted to do something special for her so we created a money tree.......something that is nice for any new student. We grabbed a branch from behind the clinic and attached money to it. Lisa tied the money on with yellow string. We blindfolded Aura and led her outside.
I think it meant a lot to her and we just wanted her to know how much she is appreciated.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
There were many members of The Church there to help us. We had a feeling that we would have many patients and it is not thought highly of if you do not see all of the patients. It is almost a no win situation because no one wants to turn patients away yet you don't want to travel home too late.
The children were ready for the camera. These little boys had been practicing some English with Juan and Kemmel as the patients were being seen.
This boy did not want to come in, he wanted to peer through the window to see what was happening.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We started the morning with a short devotional. Juan led some songs and Manuel read scripture concerning the Good Samaritan. Kemmel talked for a few minutes about Health Talents and it's mission. It was a good review for everyone and to help us remember our objectives. The physical aspect is only part of the work. We want to focus also on the spiritual, social and mental components of the patient.
Lisa broke the group up into 4 smaller groups and they practiced taking temperatures, blood pressures, pulses and counting respirations.
Gaspar helped his group by donating his blood pressure.
Kemmel is making sure everyone has the equipment that they need.
Maury seems to be doubting herself :)
Monday, January 26, 2009
OK, tomorrow is an education day so we will all be in Clinica Carris tomorrow.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I know another thing I will try my best not to do........... to fall asleep during the service. Today there was a strict patrol man.......we walked through the aisles jolting people awake if they nodded off........then made them stand up! I felt terrible for this one older gentleman......he had his eyes closed, practically got knocked off his chair and then was told to stand. Not in my eyes is this the best way to encourage people to attend.
Many things changed in Santa Cruz while I was at the coast last week. An appliance store is now selling motorcycles, an internet cafe has turned into a construction store and a paint store sold out to a small cafe.
I heard today that Baby Diego will see Josefina in clinic tomorrow. Josefina will be expecting him and I am looking forward to the clinic in April.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
This little girl was playing outside when we left. The wheel-barrow and plastic chair were bigger than she was.
Our next clinic there will be 21st of February. I hope many patients from today return so I can follow-up and see how they are doing.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Michelle spends some time with her patient Aura and Fredie her husband. Aura spent 2-3 nights with us and then went home feeling better.
One father spending time at the bedside of his son.During the week, the recovery area is busting with activity...........then by Friday morning, there is silence.
We always have our last devotional outside around the fountain in the courtyard. It is a time for people to express how they have felt during the week, what has touched them and share moments that many say will change their life. The people that come down and serve have no idea how many lives they have touched during this week...............the number is countless. Even after we leave, the patients will continue to talk about Clinica Ezell and how their physical lives have been changed. We also pray that their spirits have been touched and they have a better understanding and knowledge of our God..........
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Juan rode with me to the clinic on Sunday. In the past he has always worked in the recovery area with the patients but this week he is working in the registration area. He welcomes the patients and their families, collects information and performs others tasks as needed. He is very patient with people and is well liked.
This lady was very sweet and always remained positive. Her husband would visit in the afternoon for the one-hour visitation time. This is Ana and her husband and they have been married for 23 years :)
As I have mentioned in previous posts, we pray for the patients every night by name. We know that God hears and answers those prayers. Rick is writing the names on the board before our devotional.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Tina and Michelle spend some time with one of our patients who primarily speaks K'iche. He had a large hernia removed and was feeling much better in two days.
Monday, January 19, 2009
We are all working different shifts so a few of use went to a nearby town before our shift began. We walked around the market and bought zapote, mini bananas and popcorn balls. I realize that is an odd assortment but it was entertaining........then we went back and tasted everything.
We had to stop for icecream at Saritas..........Lindsey (OK), Carolyn (VA), Michelle (VA), Sarah (KY), and Tina (VW). This is Sarah showing us the zapote.....the right hand is the inside. Most people think it tastes like pumpkin or sweet potato............
Jeremy liked the mini bananas.
I took the zapote through the clinic letting everyone taste it. Emily was with this patient, Eva. Eva can speak English we enjoyed talking to her.
I talked to Josefina and she said they had around 15 patients at the pap clinic today in Clinica Caris. She said they thought they would have about the same number tomorrow. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to offer more preventive treatment.
Last night we had a special prayer request for a 4 month old baby that needed a heart transplant. Tonight as the devotional concluded, someone received a call saying that a heart had been found and the baby and was in the process of receiving it....................God does answer prayer.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
It is great to see many people that have returned and it is always good to meet new ones. Rick and Julie are both on this trip and will do their best to see that everyone has a safe and productive week.
The worship was great with enthusiastic singing. Carlos led the congregation in both Spanish and English songs. Afterwards ,we met for a brief meeting to review information, we ate lunch and then the surgeries began.
Two patients were not done today because one has a fever and the other one is hypertensive. The gentleman with the fever is from our area, a community called Mactzul III. He is sad because he has traveled for 4 hours and was told he may have to wait to have his hernia repaired in April. Tonight after our devotional, Rosario and I prayed with him. Dr. Erik came by the bed and we began asking Manuel about other problems or symptoms and he turned out positive for a urinary tract infection. He has been started on the appropriate medicine and we will see how he responds.
We had 5 hernia repairs today and 2 hysterectomies. It was a short day but a good day to get everyone oriented to the clinic.
This is Bonnie and Shawn with a patient in the recovery area from the Santa Cruz. Bonnie is from Sch'dy, NY and has been coming down for clinics since 1993. This is Shawn' s first trip and she is from Florida.
This photo is of Lindsey, Emily and Tina. This is Lindsey's second trip and she is from Oklahoma. Emily came with Bonnie from NY and this is her first trip. This is also the first trip for Tina and she is from West Virgina.
We ended the evening with a devotional and prayed for each patient by name. Rick encouraged us to continue this practice, asking us to pause by the board with names and remember them in prayer each day. We also prayed for our families back at home and for our government as it transitiona into new leadership.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
After clinic, Sarah and I went to Lemoa and unloaded the truck in preparation for going to Montellano tomorrow morning.
The surgical team flew in today and then drove to Montellano. The surgeries will begin tomorrow morning after worship.
Flying in with the team was also Kris and Jane from the Nashville area. While most of the group is in Montellano, they will be in the highlands with Lisa and Josefina conducting a pap and colposcopy clinic. Kris and Jane visited Montellano a few months ago and at that time began planning a return trip to this area..........now they have returned and we are thankful for that.
Sarah and I met them for dinner tonight at Casa San Juan in Chichi.........Kemmel, Lisa, Kris, Sarah and Jane.
Tomorrow morning, Sarah and I will meet Juan and drive to the coast. It will be a busy week but a good one. Please pray that all of the patients, here in the highlands and those in the coastal area will receive the physical and spiritual care that they need.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Aura, Martina and Marcos stayed busy with their dental patients. This is Aura waiting for their next patient.
This group of children are all part of the ABC Program. They played the remainder of the afternoon after they had their consult. The little boy had some dental work done so that is why he is protecting his mouth with the white towel.
This little girl was sweet and enjoyed singing.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I want to introduce you to Martina. She is being trained to help Marcos since Aura will soon be moving to Guatemala City for dental school. I always tease Aura and tell her that the plans have changed and she will not be able to go. I will really miss her but I am sure Martina will also do a good job.
This was our youngest patient of the day. Maria is only one month old today. Her mother wanted a photo and will return during the next clinic for a small gift that we give to all newborns.