Clinic in Monjas, Days 3 & 4, March 13-14, 2019
"Do your little bit of good where you are. It's those little bits of good put together
that overwhelm the world." Desmond Tutu
Best Dressed Scrubs theme today is " The Flintstones". About 5 of the same usual suspects arrived at Devotional in Fred, Wilma, Pebbles and Barney attire right from their cave. It's always a lot of fun....Tomorrow's theme is " Hollywood" and photo will be sent in my "Farewell to Guatemala" blog when I return home. I am expecting a lot of glitz so be prepared to be dazzled. I will also send the final statistics for the week in that blog.
The week has been full of long days, hard work and the team is showing some signs of fatigue (that might be putting it lightly). We stick with our regular schedule of on the bus at 7:00. Since we do not need to set up clinic, we will start seeing patients upon arrival. As always, a long line awaits us. There appears to be a lot of elderly and decreased mobility patients today' whom the gate keepers let in early.
I would like to take this time to tell you about our Mobility Clinic. Faith In Practice partnered with Free Wheelchair Mission about three years ago. Our team members, Bob and Cindy Holloway sit on the board of this organization. Free Wheelchair Mission has been in operation 10 years and gave away its' one millionth wheelchair in 2018. The receiving organization must be faith based but Faith In Practice has to cover the cost of transportation, taxes and port charges. The wheelchairs are non-collapsible but are individually fitted to the patient's size. The physical therapists, Beverly and Melissa instructs the patient on transfer methods and use of the chair. Bob, Cindy, Dick, Carol, Faith In Practice staff, Blanca puts these wheelchairs together. I have also seen the redcaps building the wheelchairs. It is a beautiful sight to see these patients lined up with their brand new shiny blue wheelchairs.
The clinic was very busy today. When pediatric clinic was finished for the day, they took patients from the adult medicine clinic. Everyone working together to see each patient before closing. After closing, the village leaders had an Appreciation Ceremony for Faith In Practice and each volunteer received a certificate. As always, on the bus back to the hotel.
" Do small things with GREAT LOVE" Mother Teresa
Goodnight from Guatemala