Sunday, February 22, 2009

Up and away

So, good news, if you have not tried to access the website lately because it was down, it is now up! Our web guru is also working on updating the monthly updates, and adding some new pictures. It is good to have it back, and interesting to see what we heard from people when it was down...I guess it really is important to have.

Friday the FAME group arrived, with relatively no problems. Saturday we were off early for our first brigade to Nueva Armenia. Things started slowly, as they always do, but took off fairly well, and we were able to see the 100 patients we promised to see. It was interesting to see that many of the people were from the town, but had some major, serious problems, and although we were sitting in the government health center, it was a common tale to hear that there was no medicine, or they had run out of medicine etc. We saw several insomniacs (usually related to depression) many raging diabetics, hypertensives, lots of pain, and a few things that just defied explanation, and a few funny and/or uncomfortable conversations.

Case in point:

So, we see your pain is related to some severe arthritis?

Oh, you mean my severly twisted thumbs? No, this one I fell when I was five and it stayed that way. The other, a machete wound when I was seven.

Wow, I am sorry to hear that.

Ah, but they make my hands great for milking cows!

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