Another steady day of patients. Some patients are familiar faces who used to come to pueblo Nuevo but found us in our new location. Many new faces who seem grateful to be seen by an American Doctor. Even though he 'Centro de Salud' is close by in this community, there is not a Doctor available there, and the limited training and limited resources of the nurses and health promoters makes it difficult for them to treat even simple things at times.
Many times the women especially seem so thankful to just be able to talk ad express the many discomforts they feel. They often have no other outlet for expressing their concerns, so a therapeutic listening ear and some encouragement goes a long way. We are really not so different...
A 60 year old with an obvious breast cancer had been seen at a couple of different clinics and given antibiotics. She was so skeptical when we recommended that she go to the government hospital to be evaluated so Ginny and I finally attempted a core biopsy...hopefully the sample we for will give some answers, but then what?
We have been spending so much time talking about the big picture of our mission here, but I never want to lose sight of the many little pictures we see each day... There are still children without enough food and families without a father and mothers who have lost babies and children and sadness and fear and hopelessness. The only hope we can bring comes through Christ, and that is what I hope is apparent in every interaction this week.
Tomorrow, we will be meeting with 60-80 comedronas and health promoters to talk about basic life support in obstetrics and neonatal resuscitation. We made some goody bags tonight (80 of them!) with 2 pair of gloves, 2 band aids and a cord clamp (umbilical!) for each one. Although basic, these are luxuries they often don't have.
Please pray that our language skills will be adequate to convey our message!