When we arrived there was a long line of patients waiting for us. We quickly got things organized and went to work.
I know that I keep saying it, but we should be so thankful for what we have in e United States. We want to complain about our health care system, but we really have no right to when there are so many in the world who do not have access. Here people walk for miles and miles. They climb mountains and travel on dirt roads when they learn of a doctor coming to a "nearby" village. They wait for hours without complaining and are so apprectiative. I wish everyone could have this eye opening experience. At this clnic, this cowboy made my day. I have no idea how far he traveled or by what means, but he was smiling and laughing the entire time we were working to fill his prescription. I asked him to take a photo with me and he just laughed and laughed when we showed it to him. This gentleman alone was worth the trip for me.
We also had a dental clinic this day. While the dentist saw patients (primarily for extractions), Kayla and Christina brushed the children's teeth and gave fluoride treatments.
While we were having the clinic, the construction team replaced the roof on a single mother's home. Her's is a sad story just like so many others in Honduras. After an already long, long day we headed back to the clinic to begin a task that is my and Chris' least favorite of the trip. It is not that it doesn't need to be done, it is just the saddest part for us. We returned to the clinic in the city to pick up 500 meals that had been prepared.
These meals we took to the public hospital to distribute to the people there. We want to complain about our healthcare system, but we really have no right to do so. Here patients wait outside in the parking lot to be admitted to the emergency room. There is no waiting room. We handed out meals to the people waiting outside. We did not think the security guards were going allow us inside the hospital, but after we had handed out meals to everyone outside and they saw we still had many left they allowed us inside. I cannot explain the conditions. Americans cannot imagine it. We walked throughout the hospital handing out meals to all we saw. The ladies were then admitted to the maternity ward and what I suppose was the NIC. Heartbreaking. Mothers stood by their babies cribs. Standing. Nursing. Exhausted. We gave them handmade blankets and hats. Some moms had the hats on their babies before we left the room. Just a simple gesture that I hope showed them that someone cared. In the maternity ward moms shared rooms - two or four moms per room. Young moms who were really just babes themselves. It was just so sad. So sad. I did not take any photos. Chris shared some on his blog if you would like to see them http://withactions.blogspot.com I will say it once again, Americans, we have no reason to complain.