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As we prepare for, and soon embark on our journey, this blog will not only be a window into our travels and experiences, but also a way for us to share with our supporters in the good works along the way. So many people have helped make this trip possible and for that we are grateful! We hope you'll stay tuned to see what and who your support impacts. We also ask that you will continue to pray for us and the people we will serve while we're in Nicaragua.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
An Amazing Tuesday!!!
Hola Friends and Family!!!
Today was exceptional! Yesterday was our day to iron out all the wrinkles and today clinic flowed smoothly! Everyone was assigned a station and those who were not as busy helped others who were swamped! (PA students have a thing for being flexible! ;) ) I was stationed in triage today. This is where the patients get their vitals taken and then we take a brief history to get an idea of what is going on before they are taken back to see the providers. I love to hear their stories about their families and what they do for a living. The Nicaraguans are so appreciative for the care that they are recieving. It's the simple things in life such as a smile and a handshake that light up their face. Although the language is sometimes a communication barrier, I have learned to communicate in so many other ways. Somehow, they seem to understand my crazy hand expressions and southern-accent broken spanish! In the beginning of the day I was asking Aileen "how do you say this, how do you say that" and kept a little list of commonly used phrases. Before the trip I bought a medical spanish pocketcard for $7 ( a tiny little card, but it turned out to be the best $7 i have ever spent!) By the end of the day Kelly and I could work as a team to form sentences and take a history! The kids here in Nicaragua are precious. They're so happy and giggly!
We look forward to what tomorrow brings! It will be another big day in the clinic!
P.S. To all the worried moms, the girls who drank the unpurified water are just fine! They took some pepto and never had any symptoms! :)