Trip 136, Post 3

Posted on: 06/08/2006

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Greetings from Guatemala. This team has been so busy that we have hardly had a chance to sit down to breathe. The days have been long and hard working at the Obras Hospital. Tuesday, we performed around 20 cases between all of the doctors. The OR was very busy all day long. We posted alot of the pictures of the patients that we have been following through the week, especially the young children that have had spinal surgeries.

It is so amazing to see what the doctors are doing in the ORs then seeing the patients up and walking the next day and smiling from ear to ear. Our friend, Transito wasn’t doing so well today..he was in alot of pain and could’t sit up without getting sick to his stomach. PT decided to try again on Wednesday. We have seen what seems like so many more children than we did last year. Dr. Nanda and Dr. Rehnke have both performed hernia repairs on 3 and 4 year olds. Dr. Davis has been very busy correcting the crooked spines of many children between 13 and 16 years old.

The cooking team fixed spaghetti and meatballs for dinner on Tuesday night and we celebrated Jessica’s 24th birthday with a Mariache Band. Then we ordered Pollo Compero (fried chicken chain) Wednesday night. It is still raining every day starting around 2pm and raining into the late night. The rain has brought out some very cool weather at night and in the mornings....we have actually been building fires in our casas at night during dinner and in the morning during devotion time. The nasty weather has also given several of us cold like allergy symptoms....not a good thing when you work in an OR and have to keep a mask over your nose all day.

A lot of the team finished early today and went shopping in town. The weather has kept some from being able to get out too much this week. Today, it has only sprinkled off and on. The cooking staff is off for the night, and some are going out to dinner or staying in the houses for leftovers from the week.