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Published: September 16th 2011
Last week we hosted a wonderful team of doctors and nurses for my first medical brigade. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from a medical group and how this type of team would work in the community. Jorge and I traveled to Guate on Saturday to meet the group and we returned to Coban the next day. On Monday we held our first clinic in the community of Granadilla. We had three consultation rooms and a pharmacy area filled with donated medications that we were able to hand out. I worked for the whole week with a wonderful nurse from Seattle. She would ask questions of the patient, which I would then translate into Spanish, which one of our field staff would translate into Q’eqchi’ and then the answer would go back in the reverse order.
It was a great week. We saw over 300 patients from four different communities. There were a variety of illnesses and complaints that were seen throughout the week. The people of the community were very grateful that we were there holding these clinics. We couldn’t help everybody with every problem but we listened and did what we could for every patient. It seemed
like the thing that they appreciated the most was someone to just listen to their concerns.
The group itself was very fun. It has been awhile since I have laughed that hard for that long, it was almost a week straight. Just in this first month and a half of being here in Guatemala I have already met so many amazing people who are doing amazing things all around the world.
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