We arrived at our new rented clinic building today to find that Ismael and his family have once again outdone themselves. They managed to move all of the supplies (including exam tables, ultrasound and colposcope machines, many many meds, and countless misc. medical supplies to our new location and have it organized enough for us to hit the ground running today. The new building is very nice, a bit bigger than the one in pueblo Nuevo, and much closer (30 minute drive in paved road instead of 90 minute drive on road that Gary thinks is almost as bad as my driveway!). For our first day in a new location, people seemed to know where to find us, and we were steadily busy throughout the day.
New location, but so many of the same health issues we have seen In other villages so many times. Kids don't eat well, have worms, have bad teeth from too much sugar. Women have headaches from much physical labor, carrying heavy loads, getting dehydrated, not drinking enough water. How do we change behaviors here when it is so hard to even change little things in the U.S.?!
I got my 'OB' fix today. After not doing OB for the past 5 months, it felt good to do some prenatal care, paps, ultrasounds...
What do you do in Guatemala with a stroke is progress? Bp 240/160... Fatigue and headache... Numbness in her left arm and leg...Aspirin, metoprolol, and enalapril (because it is what we have...)
Met up with Daryl (see their website @ www.hopeforhome.org) to load up his van with food for the families they serve. It was great to have dinner with Daryl and his son and his 2 friends. The Kids Against Hunger food will be such a blessing to their ministry in Aguascalientes Calientes just south of Antigua.
Anita is a beautiful baby, and keeping Orfe and Ismael quite busy. She is so sweet and they are obviously in love!! ;)