We made it home from Soroguara before dark last night. It was a treat to have a little down time before dinner. During our share time, we all remarked on the “little old ladies” with their beautiful aprons. Donna told of one of the ladies that she and Anna gave special attention to. The lady completed her time at the clinic, went home, and then came back looking for Donna and Anna (she called her the girl with curly hair!). She brought back some fresh parsley from her garden as a thank you!
Hannah shared with us that their last patients for the day were two young teenage girls. After their examination, Hannah (who is 18 and a freshman at Union University), took the time to remind the girls that even if they are bullied at school, they are beautiful in God’s eyes and they are made exactly in His image. The girls were emotional and wanted their picture with Hannah so they could remember her and what she told them.
Today we went to Casa De Diamantes. This ministry is located near the city dump. Many people live near the dump and “mine” the dump for recyclables as their only source of income. Individuals in the dump community are typically uneducated and trapped in their poverty. Casa De Diamantes has a church, school, and other programs to try to help break this cycle. Luke 9:2 Ministries has held a clinic here for the last 3 or 4 years.
When we arrived this morning, there were about 100 Hondurans lined up outside the fence of the compound waiting for the clinic to start. Church volunteers had already set up the clinic rooms, chairs for the patients, and a cooking station to sell lunch and snacks to the attendees. And, they surprised us with lunch – Chinese (much like chow mein) and passion fruit juice. Yum!
Although we see many children at every clinic, today’s clinic seemed especially blessed with kids. Moms brought nieces and nephews, and it was not uncommon for one adult to have 4 or 5 kids with them. Amazingly, most of the young people were quite healthy. We assured the moms they are healthy and provided basic education in how to treat the inevitable future illness.
The kids who saw the dentist had lots of bad teeth. When the only water you have makes you sick, then you drink sodas instead. All that sugar has a harmful effect on their teeth. Again, we encourage them to reduce the sugar, drink safe water, and brush often!
Every clinic day, Victor and his daughter Victoria Abigail (10 years old) rode on the bus to our clinic with us to help with triage and other tasks. Abigail came along because she wants to be a pediatrician. Her dad shared that she regularly lines up her friends and plays doctor with them. They are her patients. She looks into their ears and eyes and gives them pretend shots. Every day she patiently observed how we conduct clinics.
Today, she got to sit behind Donna, our pediatric nurse. Abigail watched everything Donna did closely and it was obvious she was taking it all in. During a slow time, Donna helped her look into another child’s ear and listen to her heartbeat. Hopefully, Abigail will be on our Luke 9:2 Ministries medical team one day!
We will attend church services tonight in Cofradía followed by our final team meeting, debriefing, and review of the week. Tomorrow, we will visit Valley of the Angels, a popular tourist spot in Honduras and just enjoy being together (as well as dressing in something other than scrubs!)