Life is real! Life is earnest!
This is where questions and things can happen.
And the grave is not its goal.
Dust thou art, to dust returnest
Was not spoken of the soul -Longfellow
Long time no post! We’ve been running the clinic for four days now, and it feels like a day and a year all at once. All the doctors on this trip are excellent, and I am so blessed to get to learn from them. Mostly I have been working triage. I take blood pressure, temp, and weight for all the new medical patients. It gets pretty chaotic in there, and we work outside mostly, where the line overflows, to keep up.
I have helped out some in physical therapy also. It is not nearly as fast paced as triage, and we really get a chance to become acquainted with the people who come in. The doctors who work in pt are such great teachers and are so passionate about what they do! I lice people like that. Their passion and compassion is contagious, so pt is always a thriving part of the clinic.
For the last two hours of today I was learning the tricks of the trade in eyeglasses. I’m no optometrist, but that was a REALLY neat place to work. It was very rewarding to see people walking out of the clinic smiling hugely because they could see clearly. It was instant gratification for everyone working there.
Before I went to help with glasses, I was helping tear down the church in loma negra so it could be rebuilt bigger on better ground. We began helping to reconstruct it, but that project will take longer than we have. That was good hard manual labor in a vast sandy desert and I have rarely been that exhausted. But it was exactly what I needed. Work like that allows us to process in ways we don’t normally process. Working there also gave me a chance to speak with Oscar, who pastors the church. He is a wonderful man, and patient with my broken Spanish. I’ll try to put up pictures of the church soon (my phone isn’t being very cooperative right now).
Thank you for reading, and for all your support. Please keep praying for health and safety, but even moreso for wisdom.
“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”— Hugh Laurie
My dog had another strange seizure episode, though this time wasn’t as dramatic as the first. Poor baby. She never sleeps well anymore… starting to think there is really something up with her.