So far this week, we’ve been working at JHC in our usual positions: construction, pharmacy, and shadowing our new doctor, Marion. In shadowing, we visited pregnant women in their homes to check up on them. We even got to measure their bellies and find the heartbeats of the babies! We also checked on current patients with HIV and made sure they were following their medications. In the pharmacy, we’ve been filling prescriptions and doing inventory. In construction, we have been filling wooden frames with concrete that we mixed ourselves to create the structure of the clinic.
Some of us have been getting to know the community better. On Monday, Q and Will sat with the boys support group at the clinic and their leader, Becca, to create Nicaraguan Mother’s Day cards. Both Q and Will created cards and gave them to young boys who were unable to finish their own cards in addition to helping them with spelling and grammar of their cards. Today Q, Will, and Keifer spent time with the boys group again, playing soccer, doing stretching exercises, and playing other local games with them before going on a long walk through Ciudad Sandino, where many of the boys live, to the park.
Tonight, we had our second reflection meeting in which we all review our experiences thus far in Nicaragua and how we are feeling in response to those experiences. Many people have expressed their contentment with the bonds they have created with the construction workers: Victor, Lucas, Pedro, and Rojelio.
Much love from Nicaragua,
Lindsey and Q