2013 Guatemala Medical Mission Trip – Day 5

2013 Guatemala Medical Mission Trip – Day 5

We are so sad to see that that this incredible week in Guatemala in coming to an end.  After seeing patients in a new mountain village today, Certified Medical Educators is extremely excited to announce that this year our amazing team of Physician Assistants saw a grand total of 1,032 patients.

See the pictures below as well as the final comments from today:

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Alyssa Szenasi – Today was the final day in the villages. I was doing triages and got to see all the patients essentially. There was really cute babies and great views. We then went for ice cream and then went to the safehouse/orphanage. Then we enjoyed a campfire and hotdog roast with many gracious speeches and blessings handed out for our work. I cried as usual. Adios for now Guatemala, I will be back.

Becki Johnston – Today’s drive wasn’t as long but we were far up in the mountains and were in a village amongst the clouds.  Most of the patients I saw today suffered from water or foodbourne illness (amoeba/worms), but I did get to put on my surgical hat at the very end of the day and excise a lipoma.   have learned to pick up the amoeba and worm smell by now and don’t even need the translator to know who needs treatment and who doesn’t.  I saw over 40 patients today, which is no small feat!  I will miss the Guatemalan villages and the camaraderie I have developed with the other PA’s on the trip.  I will miss you all- Anna, Cindy, Diann, Patrice, Alyssa, Cheryl Ann, Alison, Ashton, and Mike, and of course the entire Sutton family and the translators.

Patrice Cote – I can’t believe today was our last day in the mountain villages, this week totally flew. I was amazed by how seamlessly we came together this week. From 10 strangers to a cohesive team in 5 short days, this is a complete testament to the amazing people I worked with this week. I will never forget the beautiful people of Guatemala, the stunning landscape, and these wonderful PAs that I can now call friends.

Alison Mueller – Today we traveled to another remote mountain village, San Jose. This was our last day of seeing patients.  It was so sweet taking our pictures while examining the patients and all they wanted to do was see their face on the camera screen and they just smiled from ear to ear. This was such an emotional week for me and I am so blessed for the opportunity to travel to Guatemala and be able to help most in need. All of the bellies of the babies were so distended and the moms would tell us that their stool has “white stuff in it that moves”– I would definitely have to say that worms and amoeba were my top two diagnosis today.  I was also able to go into a casa/house of a villager; her house consisted of a very small room full of smoke from the wooden stove, the floor of her house was all dirt, and the three beds were made out of wooden planks. I will be forever changed from this incredible experience here in Guatemala. Our total patient count was 1,032!!!!!!! I just wish I was able to speak en Espanol! Now it is time for a bonfire with our medical team and translators. Adios!

Anna Kawa – This day was incredible!  We went to another mountain village Aldea San Jose. We saw a lot of sick people with multiple pathologies. The children were adorable but many of them had very distended stomachs due to worms or ameba infection – their smiles were brought so much joy to our day. We were honored to be  visited by the mayor of Jalapa.  I am sad that this is our  last day. I met so many beautiful, generous, big hearted  people: host Family,  my fellow PAs that I can call my friends now and Guatemalans  that I will be forever grateful for this time!! Until next year……Hasta luego….

Cheryl  Ann Lugiano – Today was again incredible! There were lots of pathology again in the patients.  Lots of distended bellies with worms.  A lot of them were living like this for quite some time. It was a very successful day in treating many patients. Today, of course was my favorite day as like EVERY OTHER DAY! This mission trip has been an amazing experience and truly life changing! I will never forget the people of Guatemala or the Sutton family! In a few words this trip has been: miraculous and a true blessing! Dios La Bendiga Guatemala!

Ashton Burns – It’s hard to believe that today was our last day in Jalapa. All of the people of Jalapa that we were able to serve have impacted not only the way that I will practice, but they have touched all of touch my life in so many more ways.  This trip would not have been the even close to the same without the rest of the team. These people have become my family. They have taken me under their wings and I have learned so much from them. Saying goodbye to everyone (the team, the Suttons, and the translators) is going to be extremely difficult and I wish it didn’t have to be so soon.

Diann Borthwick – Unbelievable!  This experience has been more than I could have ever imagined!  I have made some lifetime friendships. These healthcare associates are the most genuine people I have ever met. This host family is AMAZING.  These Guatemalan people were so thankful for our visit.  I am extremely blessed and rich beyond words.  God Bless our TEAM in their future endeavors to provide healthcare to the underprivileged!

Cindy McDonald – Today was our last day seeing patients.  We had a super successful day in San Jose,  a small village super in the same location as yesterday, just not as far up the mountain.  The patients today did have a lot of uncontrolled medical conditions, with interesting pathology. There seemed to be a lot of children today, which really is really the most special part of this trip to me.  Seeing these children smile is the most beautiful sight ever, in the midst of such poverty.  After we spent the majority of the day in the village, we got a taste of  unique homemade Guatemalan ice cream at a little parlor called El Idas. I got strawberry coconut, and it was delicious.  To me, it resembled a form of gelato. Then , we went to the safe house- a shelter for abandoned or abused children and spent some time with them- put it this way- I had to consciously tell myself to smile going in and leaving, because of the depressing situations they came from.  but all I did was smile, because of the love these children emitted. We ended our night with a family cookout and preparing for our trip to Antigua tomorrow. Adios



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    Fran at idrejuvenation Feb 7 2014 - 9:03 PM Reply


    I have really enjoyed reading about your experiences in Guatemala. It sounds as though it was an amazing week and very fulfilling. I have worked as a nurse in the NHS in the UK for many years and still it amazes me how quickly a group of strangers can so quickly become a cohesive team, I don’t know if the same applies to other professions outside of medicine. Well done all of you and thank you for your interesting post.

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