Buenas Noches, Dominican Entry II
None of the photos you’ll see have been retouched or edited in anyway.
Clinic Day 2
Tonight feels special. The president of the org is sitting on the couch trying to fix the television, dinner is being prepared by our local cook, Ramona our amazing savvy security guard is on the other side of the porch, music is playing in the streets.... sun is down and air is breezy. Memories from today are still very fresh.
If I was ever in search of a moment to confirm my purpose for being on this earth, confirmation was given today.
Reaching those families in a make shift more shack than clinic, after power went out, fans stalled on blowing hot air .... & 2 year old Alexander was so dehydrated he could barely keep his eyes open, clinging to the cup of water I gave him like it was the closest thing to heaven.
When the power died, I wasn’t surprised. We had nearly 20 fans running... I stepped outside to get some fresh air, a mom was sitting on the sidewalk breast feeding, & waiting to be seen. It was a beautiful sight, wondering why is this open affection from a morher to her child not accepted in the States? I’m writing this as she looks at me on and off, probably wondering who is this girl with this uneccesary big ass device (my phone), big ass hair (my weave) and green water bottle... she doesn't think I know anything about life nothing about life; she maybe right.
I put away my phone.
Families here, babies here.. Unable to even bathe or drink the water without fear of disease... “Parasites in the Stomach” mothers explaining fever, stomach pains in search of antibiotics for when the worms eventually come.
Thoughts and Tid Bits
In a group setting don’t feel bad for wanting to take out time to reflect and be alone... but remember to be social, sit with the group during meals, interact in group activities, say good morning first . This opens the door for new friendships and networking opportunities.
All things Dr. C
This woman right here.... watching her work is truly watching magic play out before my eyes. I mentioned briefly in the last post how she was not just the only Volunteer Doc on board our team, but a black woman at that. Whip cream sugar on top.
Clinic Day 2 , she was again the first to arrive, setting up her station of medications and the last to pack up and leave. Every opportunity she gets she’s reliquishing what she calls her “pearls” educating the group on what to look out for, signs of scabies and fungal infections. One of the director’s joke, w"e have 40 patients tomorrow, Dr. C has 100!" Dr. C’s response ...... "no problem, bring them on."
It is safe to say that I am in fan girl awwwe of this woman. I'll try and get a picture with her before the trip is over.... see what I can do, she’s a serious busy woman..
Tomorrow is our last and longest clinic day, we’re expecting our biggest turn out. Afterwards we’ll experience church service with the locals! I’m really excited for this .... there will ofcourse be music which means I’ll get to dance; another part time passion of mine. No really if hips are involved I move from novice to pro very easily; depending on who you’re asking, and if you ask me... It’s almost Yonce’ worthy.
Look forward to more pics, and probably a shorter read tomorrow, Buenas Noches!