The medical team returned to the mountains today, just to a different location from the other day. It, however was a place that we had visited last year. There is a difference in each of the locations, not just the location itself. It involves the spirit and attitude of the people involved. All are in poor communities with limited access to health care, little water and few jobs, if any. In fact the pastor of the church we were at today was fired from his paid position as there was not enough work. Think we saw about 40 people today with me seeing 25. Today it was more multiple people 2-3 seen at one encounter rather than only 1. I have recommended that two people come into Project Hope in about 2 weeks for ultrasounds - one of the gall bladder and the other of the pancreas. The main problems that I am seeing besides the seasonal allergies and upper respiratory stuff is high blood pressure and diabetes. This church/clinic was about 1.5 hrs outside of Managua, over 30 Km away from the Base.
Melody went with Eduardo to the preschool today. The school is purely voluntary in nature with 2 teachers for 35-40 kids from ages 3-5. Melody said that the kids were extremely well behaved. Each child was able to come up to Charlie, 1 at a time and pet him with the teacher holding the other hand.
Just felt RAIN DROPS, well 3 or 4 any way.
We have one more clinic day tomorrow. On Saturday the group finishes up with the houses, hosts a festival for the kids in the community and the families are presented with the gifts that have been brought down specifically for them.
I believe that on Sunday we will be going to the market for part of the day and then start the process of getting ready to go home.