We all slept well after the long, wet day yesterday. A few woke up with cold symptoms from the trip home in the rain. Regardless of the how we felt physically we were excited for the day of adventure and meeting another community.
We had a shorter drive to Santa Felipe and the trip had some very scenic views of the countryside. Our clinic was at the community’s school. Since it was our third clinic day we had our setup a lot more streamlined. Within a short time we had things up and running. Three years ago this community hosted our last clinic day, and I remembered this community well because it had so many children. I knew we would have our hands full trying to keep them happy and occupied. We handed out coloring pages and crayons to keep them busy and the girls in the pharmacy made a deal with the children that if they cleaned up the trash around the school they would hand out sunglasses to all of them. They had the schoolyard cleaned up in no time and it was fun to see all the kids waiting for their checkup wearing their shades.
Since we were returning to this community after two years it was fun to see familiar faces. I recognized a couple of children from this last trip and I was fortunate to get to care for a 78 year old woman that I had met on the 2015 trip. It was fun that we both remembered each other. It is this connection even that it is only for a short time that makes this project so special. I it so amazing to me the mutual impact we can all have on one another in this world no matter how much or how little we have in common.
We finished up the clinic around 3:30 in the afternoon and we made it home much before dark today. We even had time to to take a walking tour of Berlin and go to the scenic overlook and to the local ice cream shop. It was just the break we needed to get re-energized for our final day of clinic tomorrow.
- Written by Mark Hilliard