Trip 137, Post 3

Posted on: 03/20/2006

Day 3, March 20, 2006

What a day! We left at 6:30 a.m. for a 1.5 hour ride to Sarstun, on a Guatemalan Navy vessel. The trip out was easy, on peaceful seas (which left us totally unprepared for how the ocean can change its demeanor in just a few hours). We set up the clinic in a 3 room school house, with the dental area outside under a tree, and the pharmacy under a thatched roof.

Patients came by foot and by boat, often having to travel hours to get to the village. We were busy! The dentist alone saw 43 patients. Translators from the local area helped us speak with others who did not know Spanish. The ride home was an adventure, as the seas got rough, and transferring from a tiny lancha onto a big vessel in rolling waves can be a trick. All of us got thouroughly drenched, either from the ride in the lancha or from spray on the big boat. We all made it back, showered, and had a good dinner, followed by a devotional meeting. Tomorrow, we’ll do it again!