Mercer On Mission

"Experience is not what happens to a person...Experience is what a person DOES with what happens to him/her"

Live In the Spirit of Giving

I decided to join Mercer on Mission to work with an underserved population as well as with an interdisciplinary team in a clinical setting. As a nursing student, we spend a great amount of time working in the hospital assessing admitted patients, administering medications based on the patients status, lab values, and/or diseases per doctors orders (sometimes requesting changes to orders), educating patients about the medications and side effects of medications as well as monitoring the patient for those side effects while in care. 

I wanted to use this opportunity to expand my knowledge and patient care skills with the challenge of language being the biggest obstacle. I worked in intake for 3 days-asking people a few question about their visit or taking blood pressures and pulses. I also worked in education and distributing glasses for 3 days-teaching about Diabetes, Hypertension, Prenatal care, and Dental care. Today was the best day of all. I got to sit in with a provider and an interpreter and assess the patients for ailments and diseases. Treatment plans are also determined. This is why I came on this mission and it was awesome. 

I left my home, my family & friends to spend time with 30 people-most of them I only met 2 weeks ago to volunteer in Honduras. We have been surrounded by armed guards and closely supervised for our safety while on this mission trip. Bugs also surrounded us-big, small, crawling, flying, hybrids. They are everywhere. The air conditioner while at the hotel keeps them at bay and of course 100% Deet. I was able to keep my laundry clean by handwashing my clothes. Others also did their laundry in their rooms. I was fortunate-may be it was the probiotic and antibiotics but I have been free from gastrointestinal ailments. Most meals consisted of refried beans, rice or pico de gallo, plantains & queso blanco. Sometimes it included eggs, or chicken. The staff at the hotel are nice and work long hours. I was never able to get the  shower water warmer than 90 degrees but who can complain in a country where fresh clean water is an issue. This mission was a wonderful experience & we were blessed to have our hosts Leslie & Miriam & the rest of the team who met us daily at each location.

Now the other bonus from this trip was the people of Honduras. We met some very nice people with some beautiful children in this country. They are the ones that made every hot bumpy sweaty dusty humidity filled 90+ degrees bus ride worth the while. The country is beautiful. We had many hours of riding on the bus to enjoy the beautiful mountains of Honduras. 

Galatians 5:25
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.

Yolanda S.

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