Holla from Guatemala! We began our last clinic day at Hospital Virgen Del Socorro (Las Obras). We continued to assist the therapists and nursing staff feed patients, perform wheelchair modifications, and other therapeutic activities. Working alongside the therapists there has been wonderful sharing approaches and learning from them. All the staff has been so grateful throughout our time there and we are so grateful that they we willing to share their time with us!
After saying goodbye to the staff and patients at Las Obras we proceeded to a small mountain town just outside of Antigua called Alotenango for today’s health fair. We arrived in town in time to explore a bit and spotted yet another public wash basin. These community water sources are numerous in Antigua and the surrounding towns we have visited during our trip. It takes you back in time a bit to see individuals doing their washing in this way.
The groups expectation for a large health fair turnout was confirmed when we arrived. A line was already forming outside of the half-built structure which was operating as a school for children with special needs. People who had come in years past and new faces as well. In just 1 hour we were well on our way to giving away all the fruit, feminine hygiene, diluted beach, and cleanliness items we had brought with us. Several consultations began immediately because individuals with CP and other conditions requiring more nuanced education/treatment were waiting to be seen and continued to come until after the health fair ended. It was a long but rewarding day!
This trip has certainly been educational. It has also been tear and joy provoking for many of us, providing memories and a perspective we will carry with us for many years to come. To have the chance to come to Guatemala, talk to the people, provide care, and reflect on our time has been eye opening and humbling.