Monday, May 2, 2016

Day 7 -- May 2, 2016

This blog post is brought to you by Emily Paul and Korre Scott

After a busy and enjoyable weekend, we were all very tired as we started our Monday morning.  Some people started their day early to help feed patients at Las Obras or to see patients in orthopedics. The rest of us joined the others at Las Obras around 8:15 and many of us went to new areas of the hospital. Mid-morning, we and other volunteers gathered with about 30 patients for a dance class led by a local instructor. There were two dance classes, one with pediatric residents and one with adult residents. The instructor was energetic and played upbeat songs an instructed on how to dance with the residents. We all had a great time and especially enjoyed seeing the many smiles on the resident's faces.  As an added bonus, we all got quite a workout. 
Kelly dancing with two residents during the pediatric dance class. 
More residents and volunteers dancing during the adult class. 

At lunchtime, Nicole gave an excellent presentation to our class and the therapy staff about patient education for those with low back pain. Her presentation fostered good communication and exchange of ideas between our students and the staff therapists. 
Nicole presenting to the therapy staff and UNC students.

After her presentation, we went back to our hotel to gather the supplies for our second health fair at a school in Santa Maria de Jesus. There was a great turn out for the health fair, probably about 150 people. People were greatly appreciative of all of our donations and thankful for the information provided at the health fair. Generally, people were very interested in the nutrition, back health, and feminine hygiene stations and the kids were very excited about toys. We also had the chance to hear some Mayan dialect in addition to Spanish. 
Ellese and Genevieve talking to a local woman about nutrition.
Rob educating some children about blood pressure.

Upon returning to Antigua, many people went to dinner and to the markets to pick up some souvenirs and gifts. We are looking forward to continuing to make a difference during our last full day in Guatemala!

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