Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Day 2... Village of More Tomorrow

Today was another intense day. We made our way to the village called "More Tomorrow". I think the name is particularly profound when you see the conditions these people live in. It seems hopeful to me. There was certainly a lot of hope that we found there today.

The clinic side of things went well. We set up in an empty community center next to the school. We saw about 40 patients throughout the day and did home visits. The most touching moment was a house visit to a family's house where the little girl couldn't hardly walk. The family thought it had something to do with her foot, but it turned out to be a complication of a cyst the size of a softball on her groin. We had to lance the cyst and spent about a half hour slowly draining it. PZ and I put pressure on both sides of the cyst to help it drain. The poor girl was screaming and calling for her mother who sat by her side along with the rest of us. In the end, we succeeded in shrinking it by about half. We desperately wanted to leave the girl with an antibiotic, but had none. However, we were able to leave the family with some Tylenol and some bandages. It was a very touching moment. I was proud of our team.

Next to our clinic was the area school. We had so much fun playing with the kids today. We had a short lived game of nurses against kids... they won. They were enthralled by the fact that we could take their picture and they could then see it on the screen. Steph O brought out the football and a frisbee and we had fun with that too!
Behind the clinic was the Belize River. Matt and Steph O went and jumped right in the river. A woman did her laundry along the sideline while her child made a mess out of the clay on the side. The view... amazing.

We're back now, everyone's getting cleaned up and ready for dinner. Tonight a handful of us are going to go on a mission to take a night hike down the trail to the Mayan Ruins. Too bad I didn't bring my ghost hunting equipment along for the adventure.
Tomorrow, we head deeper into the jungle to provide more medical care... I'm sure the day will be packed with more stories.


At January 6, 2009 at 6:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a friend of Sarah Mathies. She is best friends with our daughter, Kate. I am so excited to follow your journey. What a beautiful and amazing experience you are having. My blessing go out to all of you.

Shirleen Hieb

At January 7, 2009 at 4:57 AM , Blogger dadandmom said...

Greetings Jitterbug!!
Sounds like you are having some wonderful times. Mom and I are so proud of you and your concern for others. Can't wait to hear more about the trip. Love, Dad

At January 7, 2009 at 5:05 AM , Blogger dadandmom said...

yeah!....dad made it possible to post on your wall. All your notes bring back memories of Honduras....another trip YOU HAVE TO MAKE! Although i must say it was much nicer sleeping in a hotel at night...this trip is a tad more challenging, i think. Defining moment....that is what this is...you will never be the same, i can tell you that for sure...and if there was ever a time when you asked yourself if you really wanted to be a nurse, this trip should be the answer....love you....we are praying for your safety and the good will and health of all....love, mom

At January 13, 2009 at 10:31 AM , Blogger NICOL said...

Hey Jitterbug,
You never cease to amaze me in all that you give back to this world. What a terrific opportunity for you. I'll keep checking the blog. Take care and be safe!


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