Monday, February 13, 2012
Clinic Day 1
After a 2 1/2 hour ride through windy, mountainous countryside where we did a tango around a tight corner with a truck coming the other way, we finally made it to San Jose Poaquil where a large crowd awaited our arrival. We set up quickly and over the next few hours saw more than 225 patients. I helped in the farmacia where I could see the multitude of diagnoses written on their SOAPs...parasites, STDs, joint issues, colds, etc. I was struck by one young boy whose eyes were incredibly sad and I found out later had signs of a systemic disease. He told our student that he couldn't remember a day without pain. Even in the midst of pain and poverty, however, I was reminded about what real joy looks like. Example 1: the faces of the young boys who were watching Paul Rotert perform magic tricks. Example 2: the children in the local school who received a soccer ball and soccer shirts from Sporting KC. It was a day full of emotions of every kind.