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. 

Clinic Day 7

Today was our seventh clinic day of nine and our second trip to to a mountainous village about an hour and a half away from the place where we've been staying.  We will make one more trip back to this location tomorrow.  The village is most certainly the most remote place we have worked so far and many of the residents rarely, if ever, see a physician.  We're running clinic out of a small school building and have seen mostly the children that attend the school.  Interesting, it seems a stomach virus has been making its way through the community, and we've seen loads of little children with diarrhea and stomach aches.

We surpassed the 1,000 patient mark today, and in typical American fashion we had to award that lucky patient a goodie-bag full of shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and the likes.  We've also filled upwards of 2,600 prescriptions at this point.  Obviously, with these numbers we've been very busy.  I believe everyone has figured out the system and it seems to be running like a well oiled machine.  Amazing, everyone has maintain a great attitude.  Everyone continues to get along and work hard.  It's truly been a pleasure to work with and get to know the people here with me.
With the daily report out of the way, I'd like to reflect for just a bit.  I saw a family of four today: single mom, two little boys, and an oldest sister (8 years old).  None of the children were bad sick, just typical runny noses and cough, the normal stuff just like at home.  One  of the mother's concerns was that the little girl (the only child old enough for school) frequently drank unclean water at school despite her mother's reminder not to do so.  She had battled several episodes of intestinal infections due to this.  The mother explained that clean water was too expensive for her to provide for all of her children.  The daughter's facial expression showed that she well understood the situation.  I realized that I had a bottle of water that was about 3/4 full sitting beside me and I offer it to the little girl saying it certainly wouldn't last long, but she could have it.  (I don't share to pat myself on the back because the water certainly was of not special value to me.  We had a whole cooler full of water I could drink at any time.)  The little girl immediately smiled and after taking the bottle wrapped her arms around my neck.  It was by far the largest displace of sincere gratitude I have seen in two weeks.  I didn't think too much about it at the time, but after clinic I couldn't help but realize how spoiled I am.  We're all extremely lucky to have the comforts that we have back home and even more blessed to be able to be here doing what we're doing.  As cliche as this example may be ( I realize that it is), I hope it can remind us all to be thankful.  We're all very blessed.
Michael, Medical Student

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