Saturday, May 15, 2010

1 week down!

This last week has been great. We are starting to realize what a large project this is that we are embarking on. The difficult part is that we have so much we COULD do, but we can only do SOME things. And we can do SOMETHING.
We may have expected to have a little more direction from supervisors. That´s not the case. What we do is up to us. Here are some of the concerns Yantalo has with public health (from the perspective of the Doctor Luz and the professors in the school).
1 Everyone needs to have insurance (this gives them access to vacunizations, nutrition programs and other government helps)
2 Parasites (a regular parasite cleansing process. Two pills every 3 months)
3 Nutrition (too much rice, potatoes and meat-not enough vegetables or fruits. Even though the jungle is a good place to grow fruits, the people normal grow cash crops like rice, coffee and other starchy foods)
4 Healing
5 Mouth Care
6 Sexual Health (the doctor estimates that at least 90% of the public has an STD. Many of the public, typically men, show no symptoms.)

We are working with the school nurse to teach at least some of these topics in the school each day during the children´s study hall hour. We are also beginning regular english classes every weekday afternoon for students and at night for adults.

Work in the hospital is a little slow sometimes. Jenny and I have helped admit a lot of the patients this week. She does the paperwork and I take vital signs. We will be going out to the smaller villages on Wednesdays and Thursdays to help the people who can´t come all the way to the hospital. Tonight we are in Moyobamba (the bigger town that is 15 km away from Yantalo) and we will be observing in the emergency room for the evening.

In other news: I am playing the guitar like a madman! When there is nothing better to do at night besides watch bugs (which isn´t all that bad!) I pull out old trusty (or young trusty, we´ve only been together for a month)and I like to practice. I love it!
ALSO- We had another friend join our team this week! Her name is Aisan (HAY-sun) and she is a medical student at U of Illinois. She´s way cool! She is really nice to the kids and loves being here. She will only be here for a week, so we want to make this an awesome experience for her.
Last night we got some coconuts from the tree in the backyard and made a coconut fruit salad. Ingredients: Coconut, passionfruit, mandarin oranges. Mmmm. (See photo)
Well homies, I´m out. I still gotta check facebook and look for some info for the classes I´m teaching this week.
Remember that you have a great circle of influence! There is so much that you can do to help the people around you if you just look up! I´m not the best at it, but I´m really learning a lot about service down here.
Peace and blessings!
·scratch the photo thing, I can´t get it to work. Photos coming soon!

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