Mercer On Mission

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

Unearned Thanks

Today was our first day back after the weekend and it was quite a busy day! We went to a village called Nueva Concepción and we are going to be there tomorrow again. We had a lot of patients, more than normal. However, clinics have been my favorite part of this trip so I had no problem with it. Also, there were many fans today so it wasn't as hot as usual. I had the typical diverse amount of patients today with the typical UTI, arthritis, headaches, etc. I sympathize for many of the patients given the circumstances, but today, I was more emotional for a certain patient than usual. It was a man in his mid forties and he came in sitting in a wheelchair. He had paralysis in his right arm and could barely feel his two legs. When he was able to feel something, it was solely pain and that's why he couldn't walk. The paralysis started seventeen years ago and he told us how he's been to many doctors and yet none could come up with any diagnosis. We examined him to the best of our ability and couldn't give him anything more than pain medicine for his legs. He thanked us many times for this medicine. Then, with a look of hope in his eyes, he asked me if we knew what the cause of all of it was. When I said that we unfortunately did not, he smiled back at me and said that it's okay and thanked us many more times. After waiting for hours, actually seventeen years, to hopefully hear a diagnosis and still not receiving one but still maintaining a warm, happy, and thankful attitude definitely made him one of the strongest people I have ever met. He came in with optimism that maybe the "American" doctors may have some new knowledge to diagnosis him and he was only able to leave with a few acetaminophens. Even though I wasn't able to give him much, he gave me inspiration to be strong regardless of the circumstances and I will forever be thankful to him for that. 

- Kruti

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