Yes, a medical team of wonderful men and women came from the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area to our orphanage. In mid January, 2009, they set up a medical clinic in one of our large rooms at the orphanage. They brought everything that they needed and then some!
In retrospect, it seems like an impossible task. But, they organized a medical clinic and pulled it off. All of our kids got physicals. The team started with height & weight checks, recording all the info on individual records. Each child got a physical, got checked over and if needed, received medications. After they were finished with their check ups, the children got to choose a new toy from a toy box…. for being good patients. Some were not such good patients but they still got their toy and their stickers. All of our children benefitted from this.
After the orphanage children had received their physicals and their shots, we opened the clinic up the the local villagers. They were lined up daily to receive medical care. Many of them received creams, lotions, medicines, tylenol, cough syrup, etc. and all received vitamins and a supply of ibupropen tablets. Day after day, new patients came and received the team’s services.
The medical team set up three stations and each was equipped with a doctor, a nurse and an interpreter. Some of the children just didn’t know what was happening but the adults certainly wanted to take advantage of this great opportunity. The cost to the local village families was a roll of toilet paper and a small bag of sugar. When I say small bag, the bags probably were about a lb. of sugar. That’s all. They felt like they were paying for their care, it kept their sense of pride intact and the orphanage benefitted because we received toilet paper and sugar. Of course, if a family did not have those items, they were seen anyway.
It was a busy 5 days and we are so lucky that this medical team came to the orphanage. They made friends with everyone and their final day was an emotional one. They served the kids s’mores
and we put up a pinata. The kids had fun hitting the pinata until the candy fell.
The team received small gifts from Karen, the orphanage director.
Many of us and most of the medical team shed tears and we all shared multiple hugs when it was time to say goodbye.
They took time out of their schedules to come to Guatemala. They donated so many helpful items to the orphanage and left us bags of things to take to a local hospital near the orphanage.
They bonded with the kids and the staff. They gave us their time, their expertise and their attention. We are so grateful.
Thanks to all of you who worked on the medical team. You are appreciated.