Monday, February 24, 2014

Guatemala, Day Three

It's been a full day! This morning we hit the ground running. There was a line already formed of patients waiting to be seen. We have all agreed that the high of the day was being able to help a 14 year old who needed a lot of dental work done, but was so scared she started crying when she got in the chair. 

Because we are working with surgeons and a hospital staff, we were able to have an anesthesiologist sedate her so we could work on her. Without the anesthesia, we would not have been able to do much work on her. 

We saw about the same number of patients today that we did yesterday, but it sure seemed as if we saw a LOT more. We started at 7:45 this morning and finished at 6:20, taking a break only for lunch. Long day, but really good!

Patients travel from a long way to be seen here. One patient was 3 hours away. Another patient walked one hour to be seen. Some of them wait almost all day for us to treat them. 

Weather here has been beautiful. Highs in the 70's, lows in the 50's. We don't get to see much of the outside during the day, but get to enjoy the nice breezes coming through the windows. Food has been wonderful, prepared by the same Guatemalan chef that was here last year.  We are enjoying getting to know some of the other volunteers who are serving here. 

Pray for rest for us tonight, and renewed energy and strength tomorrow. We love you!

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