That's A Wrap!

Posted on: 05/23/2019

Author: Kay Stacy

As the operating and recovery rooms are being straightened and packed up, the music blares and the doctors, nurses and other team members dance and laugh after a successful week. Fifty-two surgeries (50 patients - 2 patients had multiple procedures) and 40 gynecological consults were performed. The wheelchair clinic distributed 91 wheelchairs, 13 walkers, 5 sets of crutches and 7 canes. Also, 50 pair of reading glasses, toys for the patients’ children and 1 pair of sunglasses (donated by a team member when it was determined that a patient had a condition that was causing her eye great pain anytime she was in the sun) were handed out. I’d say that is pretty good for a “little” team. As Kathy reminded us earlier in the week at a morning devotional, it take all the parts working together to make a body function properly. As we had cake this afternoon with the Guatemalan staff, they thanked our team for coming and “helping their country.” However, Kathy told them that if it weren’t for all that they do - even down to the guy that mops the floor or cooks the food - we would not be able to do what we do. Tonight, we will have a celebration dinner and then tomorrow the doctors will make rounds before we board the bus for the ride back to Antigua. We will spend the afternoon and night there and then most of us will head our separate ways Saturday…back to our everyday lives where we will do the same things we have always done…but hopefully with a heart that is a little more tender and eyes that have been opened a little wider to see all the little things we could do to help others. Retalhuleu, you and your people have been wonderful. Faith In Practice, thank you for all that you do for the Guatemalan people and for providing us with the opportunity to serve here.