Mercer On Mission

2016 Blog

This blog is made and updated by Mercer undergrads. Throughout our time in Honduras, students from the various disciplines will write about their experiences serving. 

A Whirlwind of a Clinic Day!

Greetings loyal MoM Honduras followers! (Hi mom). Today was our first day of clinic in Guanacastillo. We worked with healthcare providers and volunteers from the community to help over 180 people. Going into the day, I knew there were many people to see, but I did not fully grasp the extent of the community's need for health care until I actually started seeing patients and hearing their stories. There's a saying that doctors like to tell their medical students and interns: if you hear hoof beats, it's probably a horse. Like many of my fellow medical students, I had to put aside my desire to find "zebras" knowing that there would be little we could do even if we were able to identify a rare disease or illness. As it turns out, common diseases are common... I saw mostly URIs, UTIs, hypertension, and diabetes (with the occasional zebra just to keep things interesting!). What resonated with me most, however, was how appreciative the people we saw were and how willing they were to share small pieces of their lives with me. I still have a long way to go, but if everyday is like today, I know I will leave Honduras a better clinician than when I arrived.

-Lauren, medicine

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