22 Apr Too busy to blog…
I have to apologize for not blogging much this trip. . I am staying at the mission house and by the time I got back at night and spent a few minutes loving on my kids. . it was midnight and I was too tired to put into words all that we experienced. . . it is now Monday morning. . Gaby is at work and Gabriel at school. . nothing opens until 9. . so now is my time to reflect. .
This is the first time in a year that my son didn’t pick me up at the airport….and we did the medical trip without him…lots of people on the trip that had been here before kept saying it feels weird without Shelton here playing with the kids and saying funny things…BUT…I picked him up at the airport yesterday…so he is back! He just has a way of making all of us laugh even when we are stressed or confused…(He helped lead a trip this past week for World Travel and it was a great opportunity for him to make some good money…we are hoping he can do this several times a year so he doesn’t have to raise funds as a missionary…but can still be here helping our ministry and running the mission houses…yes we now have 2!)
So…let me just say that the 3 days of the med clinics were so much fun…we worked our tails off…laughed a lot and just enjoyed serving together….we had Dr Steve, our leader (who, without his organization and amazing heart, the med trips would not be happening)…Dr Carolyn (previous obgyn…and now in public health working with Aids and infectious diseases…wow right? God gave us a good one!) …Dr Danny and Dr. Rob were our 2 dentists (they worked tirelessly pulling teeth..with sore wrists and backs..they just kept on! and they were both oh so gentle!)…this team of amazing doctors just kept on working and sweating and smiling…they were so passionate and sweet….I can’t say enough about the way the way they loved on the people here in Honduras! We also had some amazing nurses..Candi, Michelle, Martha, and Sheri talked to all the patients and found out their ailments…treated them or sent them to the docs…they were so compassionate and made everyone feel at ease…Our pharmacist Jeri headed up our pharmacy team with Kimberli, Marshall and Dan…they were so efficient with the meds and making sure the patients knew exactly what to take and how many….and then we had Lisa…our lab specialist…she tested blood sugar and urine…Ty and I just jumped in and helped organize and do what was needed…I ended up helping in dentistry most of the time…in college I worked part time as a dental assistant so I truly LOVED delving into that again…I even got to pull a couple of teeth as Ty was getting grossed out by the blood I was so excited! haha
I wish I could tell you every fantastic moment we experienced…but that would take a book…but I want to share with you one….in dentristry…most people that come in need teeth pulled…they are having pain…lots of decay.. and they just want their teeth out…no teeth…no pain… but we had one little girl with a couple of front baby teeth that were broken off and really decayed. ..her gums were infected and in poor condition…She was about 6 years old..she was screaming before she came in (she watched a little boy in front of her get his out as he screamed..it was a chain reaction)…sweet Sheri sat down and put her in her lap…she wrapped her arms around her and started singing hyms as the little girl relaxed…she still screamed…but she was being loved the entire time she was being treated…I will never forget that visual….Yes…it was a great med trip…the next one is September which now seems so far away…..