Friday, January 27, 2012

Love is the Best Medicine

Monday was our first day of clinic. 
It started out rainy and stayed that way all day.
So thankful for our tents!

We got to the church in Santa Emilia about 8 am to set up everything.
About 8:30 am we started seeing our patients. We had a nurse practitioner and a physician's assistant on our team plus the help of a family practice physician from Jinotega.
Each patient started off in the intake area where some from our team would get their name, age, and current complaints. They also got a blood pressure and temperature. Then each patient went through to one of the three providers. Then they would bring their prescriptions to us in the pharmacy. While waiting on their prescriptions they were able to talk to someone from our team or to one of the local pastors and hear the gospel message!
One of the sweet ladies on our team said she loved being able to tell all the people she spoke with that Jesus loves them!
After picking up their prescriptions we had a goody table for the kids. They were able to pick out a toy and get some bubbles- this was Jason's job! He loved playing with all the kids!
We all had a translator to help us talk to the people in Spanish.

Getting ready for the day!
Setting up the pharmacy
Our morning was very busy. We saw so many kids! The others on the team said in previous years we had seen mostly adults. On our first day in Santa Emilia 40% of our patients were children! We heard that many adults in the area were out harvesting coffee. The kids were left at home because they are out of school right now for summer vacation. They will go back in February.

Filling prescriptions 
Seeing patients

Our awesome pharmacy technician!
After lunch we weren't nearly as busy. Overall the first day went really well. The hard part was when we started getting low on some of the medications. We really weren't prepared for all the children we saw so there was some improvising going on and a lot of cutting up tablets!

You just want to help and do all that you can, and you feel like you aren't doing enough when you can only give someone a few tablets. 

But, like Dan said, it isn't really about the clinic or the medicines. Those are just the vehicle to get us connected to the people. It's really about showing the people that God loves them and cares about them and that we love and care about them too!

The good news is that you can go to a pharmacy and buy what ever you need in Nicaragua. So on the way home from the clinic we stopped at a pharmacy in Jinotega and got quite a bit more liquid medications for the kids for Tuesday.

The glasses with no lenses!

This bunny showed up at the end of the day

Coffee harvesting
Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
"And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'"

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