Mercer On Mission

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

Our first clinic!

Today was our first clinic and OMG it was crazy and exciting and exhausting and fun and so many different things. I'm not sure if my experience is representatives of everyone's considering in an interpreter and my problems consist more of "what's that word" as opposed to "what do I prescribe this person." But I learned so much about Honduran vocabulary, as as you learn more vocabulary and learn more about how they talk and say things, you're simultaneously learning about their culture. I've learned that Honduran people LOVE to talk and tell their stories. A simple "do you have back pain?" Warrants an answer that consists of something that happened to them in 2010, every medication they've taken in the past ten years, and all of the names of their children. It was disappointing though, because we weren't really able to sit and listen to these stories because we had to rush and get through as many patients as possible. Ultimately though, that is what's best for the community. I love noticing all of the little cultural differences, like how women will breastfeed out in the open with no shame, or how there were women pregnant that were as young as 15 and as old as 45. My favorite part about today in the end was talking with two women who were my age about how excited they were about having their babies, one of which showed me videos of her baby kicking, and the other of which was having her third child. I'm so excited to see how my ability to connect with and help these people improves as my Spanish continues to improve and this week goes on. 


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