Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I want to introduce you to my new rooommate. He somehow flew into the house last night.........probably through the center court since there is no roof to the house. Last night he was flying against the window and sounded like someone was trying to break in. I have been a little nervous since my neighbor lady was recently robbed. Since that happened, she has bought two dogs, closed in part of her house with a metal wall and her sons have wrapped the whole house in barb-wire fencing. Anyway, my new roommate has a 8-10 inch wing span and can make quite a lot of noise at night.
Robert, a dentist that visits us every year, needed some photos with candles.......not sure why but I was glad to get them.
This is Josefina with two young girls at our Choacaman IV clinic.
This is Marcos, Maury, Gaspar and Martina before our clinic in Lemoa.
Today, I made a trip to Santa Cruz just to get some stuff done. I got photos taken for the renewal of my internatinal driver's license, got my hair cut and visited the grocery store. Ann, who graduated from Michigan Christian College a year before me, sent me some CDs. Thank you again, Ann. I cranked up the music, washed clothes and cleaned the house.........all before the rains began :)
Tomorrow, Gaspar, Juan and I will go to Xepol. It will be our fourth clinic there and is about a two hour drive. I will let you know how it goes.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Katie and her friend, Claudia, arrived this morning. We spent a little time walking around the market and then had lunch with Tomas and his family.
This is Everaldo and Katie. The ABC children just recieved some new clothes this week so Everaldo is wearing his today :)
Tomas, his family and Katie.
Friday, June 26, 2009
It was a small clinic with 11 patients but it was a good one. I took vital signs and glucometer readings, Josefina consulted with the patients and Juan worked in the pharmacy.
The animal population has grown since last time I was here. There was a new kitten and new puppy. Both were receiving a lot of special attention. This kitten just loved sitting on the scales and several times through the morning needed to be moved.
Many of you will remember Miguel. When he was a baby, he was left on the door step of this lady. She has been his mother ever since. He had a cleft lip and palate and had four surgeries in Montellano at Clinica Ezell. He continues to do well and is very content. His mother brought him today because she is concerned with how his teeth are growing.
After all of the patients were seen, we had a wonderful lunch of chow-mien and tortillas........exactly what we tell the diabetics not to eat :) but it was wonderful!!
We then drove to the home of a lady who is unable to get out of bed. She is very ill and will probably not live much longer. Sometimes we are very limited in what we can do and it is difficult.
Tomorrow we will go to Chuchipaca..........................for another adventure!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Highlights of the day were seeing a few patients that we have had before.
You may remember Tomas. He is the gentleman that was confined to his bed because of his cataracts. He had surgery on one eye in Montellano and now he is ready for the other one to be done. He is full of energy and full of jokes.........and to think last year he was unable to get out of his bed.
We saw Santo Elias again. He is the 7 yr old that previously was in the hospital with a chest tube for a month. His mother brought him just to be sure he is doing ok. She told me that he is running, playing and eating everything he can.......these are good signs for a young boy!
We saw Edison that will have his cleft palate repaired in August. He came to get the papers for his lab work done. He has gained a few pounds and I think he will do great during his surgery.
After clinic I drove Maury, Gaspar and Martina back to Chichi and then I was in for the night. Please remember Kemmel, Lisa and the MET students as they are traveling.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This father needed a consult today and his son needed his dad :)
My name was not, "Grace Sheri" today. I fell twice on the hill leading to our clinic. The dirt is packed hard and with the rain, it is like ice. I was fine but I hate it when the guys get worried about me. I need to put some nails in my boots for traction :)
We had heavy rains driving home this afternoon with even some hail hitting the windshields. We arrived home safe and we are always thankful for that.
Tomorrow we have clinic in Lemoa. Last week a lady was selling atole de elote outside the clinic. You can be sure I will look for her tomorrow!
Please remember Juan in your prayers. His grandmother died yesterday and it was unexpected. I know his family will have a difficult time. Thank you.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This is Josefina with one of her families.
We were really pleased with the children during these clinics. Most have gained a few pounds and are continuing to grow.
Holly checking out a patient before his consult.
Ester checks out another patient. When she saw her photo she said, "I really look confused." I told her not to worry, this is how we would remember her :)
This little boy was not to happy with his dental visit but later he was playing and doing well.
This is Ester, Nathan and Holly on their last day of clinic with us. We wish them a safe return home and good luck with their studies.
I would like to ask you for special prayers as we all travel in different directions through the rest of the week. We know how important prayer is for daily travels. Tomorrow, we go to Chuguexa and the other group travels to La Palma. They will continue with an ABC Clinic there and we will have our regular clinic. Lisa and Kemmel will travel to Panajachel with the students and then on to Antigua.
I think of Ezra when he asked for God's hand to be on them during their journey.
Our God is the same today as He was then. He is a jealous God, wanting nothing less than our full commitment to Him. Let us continue to serve Him. He is Faithful!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
My parents continue to vacation in Florida and will be there another week. I thought last weekend was Father's Day to I called my dad a few times (Skype is wonderful) to let him know I was thinking of him. He and mom were kind enough to not mention that I was confused on the day! He just thanked me and continued on with the conversation.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Nathan helped us set up the exam room. Please see Lisa's blog at http://www.kemmelandlisa.blogspot.com/ on her true feelings of the exam room :)
In January, when the Pepperdine group was here, I introduced you to Tomas and his family. Today they came for a visit. This is Rogelio and his little sister, Libiana, who he still loves very much. Tomas continues to help us with the clinic and his family is doing well. Libiana is now 5 months old.
Miguel is one of our favorite boys in the community. He is always funny and full of energy. Unfortunately, this week he hurt his eye with a nail. We gave him some eye drops, made an eye patch and he will follow-up with Josefina on Monday in Clinica Caris. Doesn't he look full of mischief?
We saw 6 patients today, which is a small clinic for Mactzul I. We think they confused some date. We wrote the dates down for July to help prevent this again.
OK, when you see Nathan again, ask him the meaning of, "I just rocked the bathroom!" I was afraid to ask many questions.........I will let you do that :)
It is the weekend.........time to catch up on laundry, unpack those suitcases and clean the house.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Manuel and Nathan picked me up this morning. We then went to meet Josefina, while Tomas was in Mactzul waiting for us. We saw 34 of the ABC children and will return next week to complete the consults.
This is Josefina with one of her families. They were having fun and getting the consult done at the same time.
Nathan and I checking out another family.
All of our children have grown and gained weight. The children talked about school and their favorite classes. All of the boys denied having girlfriends but they might be keeping some secrets.
It is the cough, runny nose and cold season with the coolness and heavy rains. Nathan listens to this little boys heart and lungs. The boy is holding a book that they are responsible for having signed when then visit for a medical consult or have a dental appointment.
This young lady is Sandra. She is sponsored by Jeanie, from Morganton, NC.
It was a good clinic and we finished a few minutes before lunch. Josefina needed to go to Xela for classes so we wished her a safe travel.............tomorrow another clinic with Lisa and the MET students.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
As we were unloading and reloading, we started celebrating Irene's birthday. She and her husband, Steve, have been down for two years and are a big part of the team.
The members of the church had everything ready for us, as they usually do. The church building was divided into sections for medical and dental. It continues to be exciting to see a group of people so active in helping their community both physically and spiritually.
The team again had activities for the children......they colored, sang, acted out skits and painted t-shirts.
After the group activities, these boys wanted to continue to color while sitting in the road.
Ceaser lives in Chuchipaca but he has been a big help to us for two days. He helped us translate into K'iche', directed the flow of patients and even held babies as the mothers needed to be weighed.
We were able to make one house call today to see a young lady with a fever. We had one patient with significant high blood pressure. While he was waiting to see the effect of some medicine, the members of the church took the opportunity to pray with him and read some scriptures. He seemed very interested and possibly will visit with The Church on Sunday.
We had a total of 62 medical patients, 35 dental patients, 11 patients had dental fillings and 10 patients had dental cleaning.
Everyone had a safe return trip to Chichi and enjoyed dinner at the hotel.
Tomorrow, the Texas group will go to Xepocol and some of us will go to Mactzul III.
Monday, June 15, 2009
This is Pat with some of the Christians in the area. The man in the center is Enrique and we have clinic at his house twice a month in Choacaman IV.
This little girl played outside after her consult.
Barb and her friends acted out the Bible story about the man who planted seeds on different types of soil. This little boy was the farmer who planted the seed.
These children all wanted to blow bubbles and chase them.
It was a busy, fast paced day. We had a total of 66 medical patients, 42 dental patients and 12 patients for dental cleaning.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I think everyone enjoyed lunch at Sky Cafe..........JoLee and I had great salads...............
We then divided up into groups for the rest of the afternoon. I arranged my return shuttle for Sunday morning and then I walked to the market. Everyone was doing well and there were enough people who had been to the market before, I felt it safe to return to the hotel and relax before dinner.
At 7pm we enjoyed a dinner buffet at the hotel. This is Jessica and Sharon, both from Texas.
This is Eddie and Trudy from TN......they have been down several times.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
We entertained ourselves while Dr. Walter and the MET student did clinic. We walked around, drank a Coke, played some games just to pass the time and then headed to the falls. Here we are sitting in front of the church building. The lady, who only speaks K'iche', wanted to sit with us while we were taking photos.
While Cody (TN) is taking this photo, we have Michael (NC), the K'iche' patient, myself, John (TX), Lauren (TN), Jared (MN) and Josh (NC).
When it is time to go to the falls...........it was time. This is Cody and Lauren. This is Lauren's second trip to Guatemala and Cody's first.
Someone brought what was needed to bake a cake and we celebrated. We sang Happy Birthday to Charles and Jared.
Charles is on the board of HTI and was our chaplain this week. This evening he discussed the pyramid of Health Talents and what that involved. The surgical clinic this week is only the peek of the pyramid.......there is much below. There are ongoing relationships with the local churches, daily medical mobile clinics, ABC program, other educational programs, the MET program and scholarship opportunities. God has continued to bless the work in Guatemala and we pray that He continues. We are thankful for this and never want to take it for granted.
Tomorrow is another day and another adventure................
Marie, continues to help out in the recovery area.
This is one of the surgeons, A.D. and his wife Sharon. They have been involved with HTI for many years and are from Arkansas. Sharon paints during the week and this year she painted in the dental area.
During the week, some of the visitors will have the opportunity to help with the distribution of ABC supplies. We just received word that there are 720 children now in the ABC program.
This is Katie (OK) and Rosario who have known each other for quite awhile. Katie's father, Mike, was a physician with HTI in Guatemala for several years. I frequently hear his name and positive comments, even though I have not had the opportunity to meet him. Later in the week, Katie was able to visit the area that she and her family had lived in and also visit with some friends of the family.
Marie stayed close to the patients and helped with their needs during the afternoon.