|Fuego puffing away on Friday afternoon|
Devotions on Friday morning, Day 8, came a little later, 6 AM (instead of 5:30 AM). At breakfast, we were given a final count of those seen in each clinic and a total number of people.
General Medical 743
Audiology 125 with 35 hearing aids given
Cervix exams 154 exams with 10 abnormal referrals
Wheel Chairs 64
The referral number is especially gratifying as these are people who will be seen and hopefully provided with life-giving surgeries through Faith in Practice surgeons in Antigua.
We were on the bus and ready to leave at 7:30 AM. Soon we were heading west toward Guatemala City and Antigua. There were some talking but lots of sleeping. As we were coming through Guatemala City, we noticed that Fuego was active with large plumb of smoke belching from the top. For the rest of my time in country, the mountain would be smoking off and on.
We arrived back in Antiqua around noon and checked into the Hotel Las Farolas, which is on the southwest side of the city with wonderful views of Fuego. I headed out with the the pharmacy group for some shopping and lunch (I had curried vegetables). In the evening, I headed out with a large number within our group to Epicure, for dinner. A number in our group were leaving really early on Saturday, so everyone headed to bed early.
|Part of the Savannah-area contingent: John, Eric, Wilma,|
Fernando, Joy, Howard, JJ , and me.
|The farm included both enclosed and open growing areas.|
Later in the morning, after I came back from the Quiana, a group of us headed off to an organic farm on the Southwestern side of Antigua. As it was Saturday, there were lots of vendors trying to sell their wares as well as a restaurant that served food from the gardens. The farm was irrigated and bountiful. I purchased some more coffee and sampled a lot of food. If I lived here, I'm sure I'd be a regular at this market.
After a final lunch at Las Farolas, Louise, Marty and I took a cab with our suitcases over to the Quiana, where I spent the afternoon hanging out and enjoying their grounds.
|Lazy time at "The Quiana"|
On Saturday night, I went with a group to have dinner at San Domingo, a place we had visited during our tour of the city. The dinner was wonderful. By this time, most of my group had flown home with the exception of a few who were staying longer to enjoy a few days of rest in the city or to volunteer time to working at the hospital. There, at the hospital, I would witness the life-giving work of these surgeons over the next few days.