Corrie Cooley signing in today. We had such a great last day. I worked with the medical team. We saw 105 patients! We had an abnormally large staff today so I had a little freedom to walk around with the people. There were a lot of women with small babies. They were usually seeking treatment for themselves or another child. I walked around with one happy baby for a while and enjoyed that baby. Sarah wanted to hold her for a while and put her to sleep. It was very sweet. I found another baby who was not so happy. I relieved her mother who was having a hard time moving through the steps of our process and keep the baby happy at the same time. I walked her and sang to her and walked and sang some more. She went to sleep shortly before her mother was ready to leave. It was great! We moved on from our clinic to return to the church we built. We had a team working on construction at the school. Jeff Spencer twisted an ankle and Christopher Woodard and Daniel Phillips got too much sun, but all spirits were high! We had a thank you celebration for all the local people who worked with us. We are happy and sad at the same time today as we say "Hasta luego" to our friends here. We return home tomorrow.
Until next year...
Hello, Michael Adams here. This was my first time on this trip and as my final day comes to an end I can not wait to return next year. Today I helped with VBS and had a great time. During VBS we read them a bible story and then we do a craft with them. Today we finished and for an hour or so we played with the kids. After playing with the kids we ate lunch and recognized and gave a gift to the doctors that helped us with medical throughout the week. Afterwards, we ate lunch and headed over to the church and school to recognize the rest of the people that had been helping us throughout the week. When we all arrived, the construction workers were not done yet so we played with the kids that lived around the area. This was perfect because I had a chance to say goodbye and hangout one last time with one of the kids named Oliver. There are a couple of pictures of me with him below. The thing that makes me like Oliver so much is the way Oliver never stops smiling. Oliver has 4 siblings and his parents which totals to 7 people living in a house that is super tiny. Even with Oliver having poor living conditions I never once saw him upset which makes me realize how good we all have it. When it was time for me to go he told me that I wasn't his friend I was his brother and asked me if I could stay at his house and not go back home. This was definitely the hardest goodbye and I hope I can see Oliver again when I come back next year.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
The construction team made significant progress in painting the interior rooms and exterior walls on the outside of the building on the third floor of the school. The team uses long poles with a roller attached to the end for the exterior. The highlight for the youth on the construction team is spending time with the kids in the road between the school and church. Yes, we play in the road here. The road is a dirt and rock street with an occasional passing scooter or motorcycle. I even played the "slap hands" game with one of the young kids and I think he was surprised at the quickness of an older man. He gave me a great hug afterwards.
The people of La Romana, La Lechoosa, and in the Batays are kind and appreciative. They do not have an attitude of entitlement. This people wants to laugh and love. In La Romana, they enjoy music and are often singing. In the Batays, there is often less to sing about, but they are a resilient people.
In La Romana, the air carries an odor that varies between molasses and blackened marshmallow. The locals say that it is the smell of money from the Sugar Cane factory. In the Batays, the fields are beautiful, sometimes rimmed by mountains.
The youth and college kids have unified as a team. They work and play well together, with the kids during the day, and amongst themselves in the evening. As the week has progressed, the sleepy-heads are getting harder to get out of bed in the morning, but give them food and drink and they blossom into a force that "the gates of hell will not prevail against".
Today was a busy day for the medical team. Today, we were in Batey Nuevo, along with the VBS team and later in the afternoon, the water team. We saw 117 patients today, with about 10 of them for the dentist. I have been working pharmacy all week. With that many patients and an average of 3 prescriptions per patient, we stay very busy. We saw 122 patients on Monday, about 100 each on Tuesday and Wednesday. We were very fortunate to buy additional Amoxicillin and Cipro yesterday.
Most patients get a prescription for vitamins and a pain reliever, so we go through many Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and Naproxen. Also, the doctor's prescribe a lot of children's acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and Zyrtec. Trinity's donations of children's and adult over the counter medications are making a difference in the lives of these people. The pharmacy has run out of Adult Ibuprofen and Naproxen, and are critically low on vitamins for both children and adults. We will be calling for medication donations for next year's mission trip again in the upcoming months. Please consider purchasing some additional Tylenol, Advil, naproxen, vitamins, cold, and allergy medicines when you find them on sale or happen to be in Sam's or Costco. Toothbrushes and small toothpastes are needed, too.
Thank you for your generous donations and your prayers for the people in the bateys.