Saturday, October 11, 2014

Clinic Days

We held clinic four days in Naulala...about 1 1/2 hour drive into the mountains from Panajachel. The first two days we were located in a local school and two days at a local church. The drives were always interesting...great sightseeing and understanding that the only real rules of the road... were that there really were not any rules. Sometimes it was better to just be distracted in the surroundings and fabulous company. The drives were pretty fun and enlightening to each of our personalities.

A few of the awesome people in our group

 Unloading one of the vans
We set up and took down the clinic daily

We were told that Mayan families had preregistered 80 people daily to be seen in either medical, dental, vision or all three.
We ended up treating just under 600 people in our four days. 
 This was our triage on day one
Every section required one or two translators...
English to Spanish and Spanish to Quiche (A Mayan dialect)

 Our medical clinic was worked by one doctor and a nurse anesthetist daily...
as triage slowed down...then us nurses would assist with the examination and treatment 

  The pharmacy

Judy-vision expert
 Dub (one of our two ministers) had the technical task of assembling eyeglasses
Lisa- dental assistant and one of the four dentists
They did a ton of tooth extractions...everyone wanted their teeth pulled
 The dentists provided us an opportunity to pull a tooth if we wanted  that experience. 
My patient was very grateful and happy
The extracted tooth

Our typical lunch consisted of lunch meat or peanut butter and jelly,
a banana and Chicky cookie

One of the joys of a third world country is the bathroom and toilet facilities. Fortunately, we had just had to throw waste into trashcans and these toilets were flushed by pouring a bucket of water into them.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Cables X-Tremos in the Atitlan Nature Reserve

After arriving in the late afternoon the day before, Sunday was a free day. Half the group went to the ruins and then there was the daring who chose zip-lining. What a great experience...definitely on my bucket list of adventures to have experienced. 

 Getting all geared up
We hiked straight up in a beautiful mountain approximately a half mile with a 486 ft elevation.
My lungs gave me a little grief on the last part of the hike...but the group was totally supportive.

This water fall was beautiful. It was in our view everyday on our drive through the mountains on our way to clinic. Being able to get up close was breath taking. 
 We had to walk a fairly long suspension bridge allowing us the great up close view.
There were numerous suspension bridges that had to be crossed.
 A selfie somewhere along the path

This might give you an idea of the thrill. Our course had nine lines. the first four were pretty extreme. I think our longest line was 3/4 mile at 60 mph. It was a bit scary and an adrenaline experience that I am so glad I got to experience.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mission Trip and Guatemala

Panajachel-Solola-Nahuala Mission Trip
helping serve the Mayan Families
organization- Global Hands of Healing

For a few years now, I have wanted to go on a medical mission trip and serve those who are in need, while being able to adventure to another country. My health cooperated and I was able to travel to Guatemala with Global Hands of Healing for eight days.

The group consisted of eighteen individuals, who came from a variety of religious backgrounds and many different skills. Our group consisted of 1 medical doctor, 4 dentists, 4 nurses, 2 dental assistants, 1 paramedic, 2 vision workers, 2 ministers, 1 CRNA, and 1 young adult/college student.

We flew into Guatemala City and traveled to Panajachel (about 4 hours away) where we stayed at the hotel Jardines del Lago for six nights...

The hotel sat near a lake leaving us with beautiful grounds and a great view...especially at the morning buffet. Every morning the weather was lovely and we ate overlooking the lake.

We would all make frequent stops in the lobby to use the wi-fi, to play crazy UNO, eat cookies and head out for the many activities.

I am going to break up this experience into a few different posts...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

I Graduated...Finally!

I have taken the longest road to completing my bachelor degree...and I am happy to say that it is done. I did an 8 month accelerated program. Honestly, for years, I did not even have the desire....and then the medical industry decided to want to make it a necessary norm...and I got on board. I feel quite accomplished...learned a thing or two about research and writing...and writing....and writing {need I say more}...and it is a good thing that I learned something {as no pay raise comes with this}. I finished with 7 A's and 1 B...not too bad I guess.

So my educational path goes something like this:
Completed my LVN in July 2000
Completed my ADN in April 2007
Completed my BSN in August 2014
(Do you see the seven year pattern?)

As I am contemplating earning a masters degree...I ponder if it will take another seven years

 In front of the Texas Tech University Marquee

 Guns Up

 My parents decided to make the six hour trek to Lubbock to watch me have my moment of fame

 and so did Nathaniel

 this awesome man came to play with me in Lubbock and we made a weekend out of it

Check out the awesome Converse that Charles gave me for graduation....LOVE THEM!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A New Blog

Since life is starting anew, I decided to create a new blog. A place to share my new beginnings...challenges...and life as it unfolds. I hope that you will join me in part two of my life.   {it may take 2-3 days for the link to work}.

In the mean time you can gain access by clicking here