We are thanking God for another amazing and humbling day. We just finished a very nice dinner with Ismael and his family. What a blessing they are to our group, and even more so to the people here in Peten. So many people in Aldea Pujusila were so thankful for what little we could do the past few days...I was really struck several times by evidence that these people really do just want a better life, just like all of us, for our families. We met a delightful "health promotor" there who actually has gone through some medical training, but has no resources to help her people. She expressed that if she only had some supplies (things like band-aids, antibiotic cream, a blood pressure cuff, some gauze) she felt that she really could do good, but these supplies are not readily available, and are very expensive. We were able to give her a small "kit" to get started, but I could see her desire to help others given the chance. Dr. Kim spent quite some time with a mother of a child with trisomy 21 (Downs Syndrome) who had never really been officially diagnosed... It is difficult enough for a mother in the U.S. to understand this condition, but this mother believed that her childs problems had occurred because of something bad that the childs father had done. It can be a true challenge to overcome health beliefs. I guess, once again, it is not all that much different than what we experience at home!
Porsche continues to amaze me with her hand skills! Besides more OMT (the people LOVE it!), she also drained a ganglion cyst, and injected a joint or two today! Ed was our pharmacist and garbage man today (counting pills and cleaning up the area around the school). Gary is enjoying having his own resident...I am not sure Kim thinks it is ideal having her father as her attending, but they make an excellent team!
Gladys' biggest accomplishment of the day was teaching Ismael and Orfe's sons, Franklin, Jesse, and Hansen how to shuffle cards (like a vegas dealer) and play uno! Truly, Gladys is such a blessing and befriends everyone and anyone immediately.
As you can see, we have an incredible team, and we are trusting God to continue to guide us to the work that he is blessing! Off to bed now, then off to Pueblo Nuevo tomorrow. We are going to check out some land that the community owns on which we might be able to help the community build an actual clinic building/community center. I feel so blessed to be a part of the amazing things that are happening here!