Today we spent a very hot day in the community of Aguas de la Reina. The bus ride was long, over a hard, bumpy road. When we first arrived, there was only a handful of people; however after about 20 minutes, people continued to arrive. We ended up seeing more than 200 people, which made for a busy day!
Lisa gave her cross today to a girl in the dental clinic. This girl suffers from epilepsy and had not taken her medication for a month. The dentist, Dr. Arita, took extra time with this young patient, and everything went smoothly. Lisa led a prayer before the procedure and God’s presence was felt in the room.
Sam gave his cross today to a friendly girl who spent most of the day as his shadow. After her fluoride treatment in the morning, she didn't leave until the end. She carried on a conversation with him as if he understood exactly what she was saying (which he didn't). A perfect example of how language does not hinder friendship!
Several sick and malnourished children were seen in the clinic today. Don saw a 10 month old boy with a fever and generalized sickness. He had a fast heart rate and fast respirations. He had no response to touch and was lethargic. No matter what you did to him he wouldn't cry. I often get annoyed when I hear inconsolable babies; however it would have been a relief to hear that from him. Doctora Moncada diagnosed a respiratory infection. He was given antibiotics and will receive a follow-up exam.
Tomorrow we have a long drive to a big community. Praying for good rest tonight in order to be ready for another busy day!
General clinic - 207
Deworming - 67
Vitamin A - 13
Fluoride - 5
Eye clinic - 39
Dental care - 35
Extractions - 56
Referrals - 2
for the Harrisonburg 2014 Team