Monday, April 21, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
The yoga team had their first day of yoga today with kids from the orphanage. They had a great day with the kids, doing yoga moves and arts and crafts. The kids finished off their afternoon with a hot meal. The ladies are looking forward to a great week and lots of fun with the kids!
Tamara spent the week working in the clinic with several of the nurses and some of the students as well. Dr. Paul was in and out, seeing patients in between working on several projects with Guetchine. Samuel 2 had a big diabetic class on Thursday, with over 50 patients! The people from the big diabetic center of Haiti, Fhadimac, came and did a class for Samuel's patients. Each patient got a blood sugar test, blood pressure taken, and meds. Kathleen and a couple students helped Samuel.
Each student had one day out at the construction site, where they made great progress on the Blanchard house.
Throughout the week, many sponsors had the opportunity to meet or reunite with their sponsored children.
The team went on a tour of Port-au-Prince on Friday after work and out to eat at Epidor. On Saturday, Tamara taught a class for many of her sickle cell patients. Marceline also taught a class on family planning for many local young women. While Samuel translated for Tamara's sickle cell class, Kathleen ran Samuel's diabetic clinic. When the clinics and classes were over, the team headed to the beach to relax for their last day.
The UMD students prepared fantastic posters in creole to put up in our clinic on scabies and immunizations.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Today the team finished up work in the village. They saw patients in Desierto and the Concepcion clinic in the morning and then a few patients in Concepcion in the afternoon. Around 3 pm they went with Maria Jose to visit Maria Francisca, an old lady who was injured by a falling box of chickens and sits on a rock all day in pain. Kelly usually goes and visits and brings some pain meds and tums. She really likes having visitors.
The afternoons have turned into art classes behind the clinic with a bunch of little girls who like to come and color.
Tomorrow we will go to Lake Atitlan to visit.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Today the mobile clinic team set up outside the catholic church in Desierto. They were quite busy and saw many patients. They all came back exhausted in the afternoon.
In the clinic in Concepcion it was much quieter today. In the afternoon our newest cleft baby Jackelyn came in for a weight check. She only gained 1/2 ounce in a week. Ruth spent some time with the family teaching them how to properly feed her and also teaching the mom how to hand express her breast milk which is the best thing for little Jackelyn.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The students have been learning so much, while working with kids in the well child clinic, and sick people of all ages in the clinic. Today we had a patient who was 130 years old!
Some of the students went out to construction each day, and worked on the last single house in Blanchard. They started putting blocks up, and worked on sifting. They enjoyed being out in the neighborhood.
After work yesterday, the team went out for a walking tour of Blanchard and saw all the PID houses in the area. They got to meet some of the families, including Rosemarie, who took everyone inside her house.
The first day in the village was a success. The mobile clinic in Saquiy saw 45 patients and the clinic in Concepcion saw 50. The nurses and students were busy attending to the various ailments that the patients were suffering. I went and did and home visit with Ruth to see a woman named Marina who had a c-section 5 days ago. She was in a lot of pain but we got her on a schedule for her pain meds. Today she was feeling a lot better.
Monday, March 17, 2014
After a day spent touring Antigua we dropped the team off at a hotel in Guatemala City last night and they flew out today.
Our next team arrived safely this evening. We had a yummy dinner and wnet over the basic information and the schedule for the week. It is a medical team so we will be able to see a lot of patients. We will be working in the clinic as well as doing a movile clinic in Saqui for 2 days and Desierto for 3 days.