Mercer On Mission

2015 Blog

2015 Summary of first week: Shannon

Coming in as an undergrad I didn’t know what to expect with regards to my role in clinic.  We were told we’d work with every discipline, but I was unsure where we’d fit in with each.  This of course made me a bit anxious about the flow of clinics.  What made me more anxious, though, was that I had never been on a mission trip before, nor had I been out of the United States before.  Therefore, I knew the experience would completely push me out of my comfort zone and force me to grow as a person and future physician.    

And that it did!  I have learned so much through this experience.  I’ve been taught how to conduct questions with patients, do physical exams, take blood pressure and glucose, and interact with patients on a much deeper level than I’ve ever been able to do while shadowing healthcare providers in the past.  Through all of this, I have gained a confidence with patients and a deeper passion for interaction among people.  I have also gain an appreciation for a field that allows me to interact with so many people daily, while helping them.  I completely fell in love with the patients and their gratitude and demeanor towards all of us.  The appreciation the patients shared for each of us was different than anything I have ever experienced here in the United States.  There were of course some extremely sad cases, in which there really was nothing we could do for them, yet they were still thankful.  One particular patient, an older woman with a late stage cancer and no way to pay for treatment, even said, “If it’s God’s will…” Instances like these forced me to grow in my own faith as I was hearing someone with so much less still praise Him and leave it all up to His will.  It was inspiring to experience.    

Overall, I could go on and on about the benefits of my experience.  In summary, though, it was truly the most meaningful thing I’ve ever been a part of and I could not have picked a better group of people to do it with.  I already wish I was back there laughing with the people who couldn’t understand my Spanish and smiling with those who didn’t need to.  Thank you Honduras.


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