Day 5 - Pride (arrogance)

Posted on: 02/08/2017

Author: Bookhart, Wingard

Today's devotion concerned the creation story: Adam and Eve (translated as "earth creature" and "life source" from ancient Hebrew, respectively). They were given complete freedom with the Garden of Eden, but told not to partake of the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil". However, they did not obey and upon eating from that tree, recognized and were ashamed of their "nakedness", quickly made clothes from fig leaves and hid from God. They wanted a part of the Garden for their own, a separation from God, an individualism, to be like God and not be completely connected to God. Pride (arrogance) was introduced and pride (arrogance) leads to thinking/depending only on self and causing separation/breaking away from others..racism, sexism, etc. Upon arriving at the hospital, the surgeons began their rounds, while the other medical staff prepared for the upcoming surgeries. Again, all three operating rooms were being used. One of the first surgeries was a cholecystectomy. Due to the condition of the gall bladder; however, it could not be removed laparoscopically and the surgery lasted much longer than expected. In the pre-op/post-op room (same room, but opposite sides), I met four students who were in their last year of school (a school we pass to/from our resort). Alexis (17 years) can walk to the hospital. His desire is to become a surgeon and realizes that it will take 6 more years of education. He is the youngest of 4 children and 2 of his siblings are married with children of their own. Carlos (17 years) rides a scooter 15 minutes to school. He has one brother and desires to be a nurse, requiring an additional 3 years of education. Cinthia (16 years) is the third oldest of 6 daughters. She needs 2 buses for the 30 minutes it takes her to get to school. Her desire is to be a pharmacist. Lesly (17 years) lives about a 10 minute walk away from school. Her desire is have a career in forensics. Gustavo, a local volunteer whom I met yesterday, has been married 3 years and is here because his mother-in-law received a wheelchair and heard that the Faith In Practice team needed help in Spanish/English translation and decided to help this current week. He is a tutor for students in English, science and Quiché (a Maya language in Guatemala and second most spoken language behind Spanish in Guatemala). His wife is a housekeeper and takes care of her mother. As of now, they do not have any children. This hospital is a 45 minute walk or 25 minute bus ride for him. With Madeline's help, we spoke with an adult daughter of a woman who was having a cyst removed. Earlier in the day, before surgery, since the mother spoke Quiché, translation from English to Spanish to Quiché (and back) was required. The mother had been suffering for 29 years, but did not trust the local surgeons and wanted American doctors to treat her. Since Faith In Practice began performing surgeries here in 2008, we asked why her mother had not come earlier. She responded that they did not know about the hospital until last October (through her uncle who had met and spoke with a hospital security guard). It took them 3 1/2 hours to get to the hospital using 3 buses, costing 35 Quetzales per adult. In addition to the adult daughter, who has been a primary school teacher for almost 7 years and her 10 year old daughter, the patient, Teresa, had traveled with a brother and brother-in-law. She was grateful for the American doctors. Ingrid and sister, Sebastiana whom I had met on Sunday, had traveled with their mother (Maria) who was scheduled to have an herniaplasty; however, due to the mother's fever, the surgery will need to be rescheduled. Ingrid, a single mother, has a son (8 years) and daughter (3 years) and told us that her home is not the best. During the rainy season, water gets into the house and causes the dirt floor to become muddy. We had our conversation out in the grassy area in front of the hospital. Sitting near Ingrid, Maria and Sebastiana was a married woman named Blanca. It was her first time to the hospital and she was there with 2 of her three children (7 and 2 years; the "big one" as she described her oldest son is 13 years) to support her mother. Her mother had been suffering for 20 years. She explained that getting help at a private hospital would cost 4000 Quetzales (about $550). She has been married for 13 years and her husband works in the field. Today's surgery tally: a patient had multiple procedures (hysterectomy and herniaplasty), a sacral colpopexy, 2 cholecystectomies (1 conducted laparoscopically), 3 herniaplasties and 5 patients with cysts removed.