Guatemala Day 5 (second day in the town named for the avocado)
|Dr. David works on Sujeryly as translator Sharon|
attempts to comfort
|Dr. Robert with Rosa and her family|
|Dr. David and Robert both examine Sujeryly|
Once Sujeyly’s mouth is numb, Dr. David begins pulling her infected teeth. As he grabs a tooth and begins to pull, she screams. He drops the tooth into a cup as blood fills her mouth. There is no suction. Using gauze to wipe up the blood, he pulls another tooth. The girl continues to scream as her mother holds her tightly. In a few minutes it’s over. The doctor tells her that she felt no pain with her mouth numb. Her mother is given instructions and antibiotics as the girl’s crying wanes. Blood drools down her mouth. The translator grabs a gauze and wipes it off her shirt. It’s been less than thirty minutes. The first patients have all been treated as others are taking their place in the chairs.
|Dr. Jill cleans Venango's ears|
On the other side of the room, Courtney, an audiologist from Thunder Bay, Ontario, is speaking to the granddaughter of Maria, a 67 year old woman with a hearing aid. But her aid doesn’t appear to be working. Both Courtney and Dr. Jill are impressed with the quality of the aid and assume it must have been a used hearing aid donated in the States. The quality of her aid is much higher than the ones that Faith in Practice can provide. Courtney tests the aid. It’s working, but needs cleaning. Courtney cleans it and through a translator describes the limitation of such devices as she was wondering why she can’t hear when someone is talking from behind her. The cleaned hearing aid works better and the woman is sent home with a year supply of batteries.
|Interpreter Sharon explains to Venango and |
his wife the operation of a hearing aid
|Audiologist Courtney examines Juan|
|Dr. Ava examines Hian|
In the pediatric clinic, Dr. Ava from Syracuse New York is examine Hian, an 18 month old boy. He has a hernia and it hurts when he coughs or cries. The child has already had two hernia surgeries and Dr. Ava recommends a third, suggestions they look at a mesh to repair the tear. After Hian and his mother leave for the referral clinic, where volunteers will work to arrange the surgery, Ava comments on how many cases of scabies she’s seen today.
|Todd taking roll to make sure everyone is accounted for |
before heading back to Jalapa
|One of two trucks to haul our equipment|
This is our second and last day in Aquacate. Around 2 PM, most of the clinics are completed and we begin to pack up. Everything is hauled out to the gate of the school yard by 3 PM, except for the dental clinic which is still seeing patients. As soon as they finish, they pack up and we haul the gear out. We’re on the road back to our hotel in Jalapa before 4 PM.