2013 Guatemala Mission Trip – Day 2

2013 Guatemala Mission Trip – Day 2

Hola everyone,

Today we travelled to a new mountain village and our team functioned as an amazing well oiled machine, seeing 200 patients in about 6 hours.  Certified Medical Educators is extremely proud at all the caring, love, and hard work that each team member is putting into each and every patient that they see.

Below are some pictures and here are some thoughts from the team after the second day:

Michael Nowak – We had a very productive day today and the team is starting to really work well together.  We have stations of 6 medical providers, pharmacy, triage, laboratory diagnostics, and a team leader.  We were able to help patients with both simple acts of kindness, non prescription medications, prescription medications, and procedures like Intravenous Therapy, cerumen removal, and wound debridement.  It melts your heart to have so many people thank you for what we love to do as Physician Assistants.

Alyssa Szenasi – We drove to a closer “aldea” today, the views on the way were breathtaking. We saw the patients much quicker today. We seemed to be more organized and we were done with 200 patients by 330pm. The most common complaints I have seen are abdominal pain- most likely due to Amoebas, a parasite from dirty water; headache/neck pain- due from carrying firewood or water on their head. The people have to carry water from the spring, which is dirty/infected, so they have it available in their own. I saw entire families today, a mother with 3 children and 4 different problems, quite chaotic at times, 15 minutes time frames are out of the window here. The small kids are so happy with a tootsie roll, their faces just light up.  This will not be my last mission, Guatemala needs help and they deserve it. I will be back Guatemala.

Patrice Cote – Today was a whirlwind, everything went so smoothly. We took our experiences from yesterday and made small adjustments which allowed us to function like a well-oiled machine! I found myself speaking more and more Spanish with the patients as the day went on. I actually started writing my SOAP notes “en español”! I took lots of pictures of the villagers and of the BEAUTIFUL landscape and I can’t wait to show everyone at home.

Anna Kawa - Today we went to the village…..we thought we wouldn’t make….driving up the mountains through the slippery, narrow, clay road. It must be hard to live in this agricultural area without water or electricity but yet those people are blessed with the beauty of the surrounding nature. We were again brought to the school in the middle of the beautiful wooden area.  I saw a man today who had problem with vision. After evaluation we tried the pair of reading glasses on him which we brought with us…and he ….got his sight back!!. You should have seen his smile – that smile was worth the whole trip! It was another amazing day!!

Ashton Burns – this trip continues to be a very humbling experience. Things ran so smoothly today; we couldn’t have come with a better group of people. The patients are so much joy to be around. Ready for day 3!

Alison Mueller – Today was another wonderful and gratifying day of seeing the patients. I was in charge of vitalizing the patients so I was able to personally meet and speak to all the 200 plus patients that we saw! Everyone had a smile on their face and were truly grateful for our mission and everything that we were able to do for them. These past two days have made me feel so blessed. It is amazing how we take so many things for granted for the simple things in our lives, such as running water. I am looking forward to another rewarding day tomorrow! We are heading to the safe house and orphanage tomorrow. Buenos Noches!!

Diann – 1.5 hour gorgeous drive to Blanc de Coral. Trees, rivers, rocks, steep twisting turns, tuc tucs, locals walking on the roads with firewood, water, corn, and bambinos. 7  more  hours of ninos, ninas, abuelos, abuelas, mamas, papas, medicina, communicacion and songrias! 1.5 drive back to Casa de Sutton with the best off road driver/disc jockey in Central America. Thanks Delphin! Another delicious dinner. This  time a Guatemalan meal of Guisado! Another AMAZING day! So thankful for my health and my healthcare and my healthy children. A warm home, clean water and clean food to eat.

Cheryl Ann Lugiano – Today was a beautiful ride to the clinic (again a schoolhouse). Absolutely breathtaking landscape and countryside! The ride today was much smoother and 3 streams we had to go through.  Having a
window seat and seeing clifts next to the road we again asked Jesus to take the wheel! David is an excellent driver and we all had no fear.  First thing I did today was use the bano (very nice as compared to yesterdays outhouse). We set up the clinic in no time. Today I was designated to the pharmacy and handed out medications to our patients. We got to hand out some reading glasses and the smiles on their faces meant they worked (somethings do not need translation). The people at this town were fun loving people! So far, this trip to Guatemala is nothing I could have ever imagined it is BETTER! Until tomorrow, Dios las bendiga!

Cindy McDonald – Today, I am missing my boys like crazy. I  cant wait to see them on skype tonight! Our day was equally as rewarding  and humbling as yesterday. we had a much more organized approach to treating patients with our awesome team.  It felt more seamless, like a well oiled machine.  Because of our organization, I think we were all able to really enjoy chatting with these people today and making  the children smile, even if it was with a snickers bar, or 10 stickers at a time.  The hardest part of all of this is realizing that many of the lifestyle changes that are needed to be incorporated into the treatment plan, like something as simple as  drinking more water, is impossible to do. Clean water simply does not exist around them. 95% of these patients are severely dehydrated with numerous parasitic infections. In addition, they don’t have any transportation to get anywhere at all, so they all have foot pain and leg pain from having to walk everywhere.  Although we may not be able to fix their problems, just our concern and love that we showed for them, is  what really made the biggest difference and impression on them. This was priceless to experience.

Becki Johnston - After a beautiful, sunny drive to the village I was stationed in the lab, so I didn’t have as many hands on encounters.  I performed many urine dipsticks, ears washes (so instantly gratifying!), and helped with hemoglobins and glucose checks.  The day flew by.  The babies are beautiful, the children smile and are always polite despite their circumstance.  The adults never complain no matter how long the wait.  We can all learn patience through these patients.

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The Director of the Office of the First Lady with one of our first patients.

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A patient extremely happy to see more clearly with her new glasses.

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A pediatric angel.

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We educated this patient about his new glasses and pink toothbrush (In the states we told him the saying that real men wear pink, lol)

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Starting an IV on a dehydrated patient with positive orthostatics.

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Carlos, the area’s social worker and our translators and siblings Rachel and Noah.

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Handing out some candy at the end of the day.

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A quick picture to end the day at the village clinic.














































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