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. 

May 24th: The Inside Scoop on Clinics (Day 2)

Today was our second day of clinics in Guanacastillo! And I can honestly say today was much better than yesterday. We worked out a lot of the kinks and learned how to better work together in as an interdisciplinary team. It's been great seeing how we need each other to provide the best service we can.

I had the pleasure of working with Lauren D in the clinics, both yesterday and today. We had it down to a science today. We gave ourselves pep talks and started the day with a bang. Two patients that we had seen yesterday, and referred to come back to the clinic today, were there right when clinic opened! I also got the chance to go with Dr. House and Sidney on a house call to an elderly woman who had dementia and had a bad wound on her face. Walking through the town to her house was a humbling experience. Seeing her house falling apart and the conditions she lived in gave me so much to be thankful for. I am so grateful that we have the chance to bring the care that we can even if sometimes it's not what we wish we could provide. 

We came back to the clinic; I rejoined Lauren and we went to work. We somehow always got the large families and dealt with 5-6 patients at a time. It was cool to watch Lauren and to also have the chance to learn a lot from her. Because she has great Spanish skills, we were almost able to "tag-team" most of the patients. I learned a lot about being a provider and the type of questions to ask and how to draw a differential diagnosis. A good bit of the time I was able to think about what the symptoms were causing and draw conclusions on what I thought should be done for treatment. I even got the chance to listen to patient's heartbeats and lungs! It really opened my eyes to the possibility of being a doctor even though I’ve shielded myself from the idea for so long. 

& even more than those awesome experiences, I had the chance to translate/interpret on the Honduran news! A group of men from a local Choluteca news station came to interview a few of the students on our team. I had the privilege (a very NERVOUS one) of translating for Sidney and Dr. House as we were all asked questions about our team and what kind of help we were bringing to the people. It was a very interesting experience and one that I think ultimately helped me get over my fear of speaking Spanish to other people. There’s no telling how many people are going to hear my translation now haha. 

I can’t believe that this is only our second day of clinics and I’ve already experienced so much. There are so many days to come and so many wonderful things to experience. I look forward to my day in the pharmacy and continuing to work and learn alongside the wonderful Mercer Med Students! 

- Nicole, Undergrad Interpreter

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