As we set off for the day, we accidentally left behind one important member of our group, Dr. Conry. Thankfully she found a translator and was whisked away to catch up with the group. Whew! No man (or woman) left behind.
Our day was filled with many stories as we saw around 130 patients in clinic in San Pedro. Some students gave their first shots, removed skin tags, cleaned ears, and did pregnancy tests. We saw patients with diseases ranging from Chikungunya (called "chicken gumbo" by our group) to la gripe (the Dominican catch all phrase for an upper respiratory infection).
We met sweet people such as Ezekiel who works as a bread-baker. One team asked jokingly, “Where is our bread?” and he brought us two large bags of hot, fresh-baked bread in the afternoon!
One team made a house call to an elderly bedbound gentleman. He was malnourished and cachectic, stricken with ulcers and pain. After treating him and praying for him, you could tell this team had been truly touched by this patient and the sheer privilege of meeting his needs in the name of Jesus.
The pediatrics team visited a local school to do well child checks and meet any needs of the children there.
Please continue to pray for our group: our health and stamina, wisdom in how to treat our patients, and the boldness to share the gospel as God opens the doors.