Thursday, June 11, 2009

Guasucaran y guacamole

Yesterday I was tired. We went to Guasucaran for the last medical brigade, and the people there were the same, but different. Every village and town seems to have differences in what presents in their respective brigades. Also different was how many times I heard gracias throughout the day. People were of course dressed in their "Sunday best" with especially the little girls with their frilliest dresses. As usual, the last day was the fastest, although every day has gone well, but we saw before lunch what we saw the other days all day. Plus, we noticed that lots of people when we got there were having breakfast of avocados....which piqued my interest. While I translated, Oscar was writing people in for the brigade, found out where they were for sale, and a few hours later....he bought 60, I bought 60, and the mission bought 140 (for the groups.) Grand total for 260 avocados....$30. They are green, but that will change, and then our good cholesterol will be through the roof for about a week.

Cecilia went with us to the clothing distribution on Sunday and got a splinter. The medical staff on the group decided to help get that pesky piece of buried wood out of her skin. I had to take a picture because 1. for the most part Cecilia took it well, and 2. Here was our daughter getting work done by a mid-wife, M.D. and a neuro-surgeon. I was just trying to contemplate how much it would have cost in the US to have that splinter taken out by a similarly equipped crew. Good news...the splinter was removed.

Hill Climber coffee is now officially launched. Stickers are being applied to the bags (Dora hard at work) and with the group we officially tasted it last night. Everyone seemed to be pretty satisfied....we are selling 50 lbs to this group alone. The logo and bags could change by next year, but otherwise we will probably try to keep the same method....unless God provides our own coffee roaster somehow, but that is not something at this point we are going out of our way to seek out even though I am sure there are 200 pound coffee roasters available at Best Buy. We had 1/2 whole bean and 1/2 ground, and the medium roast looks just fantastic just looking at the beans, and smells pretty good. I am no coffee snob, but I think there are a few in the group, and they seemed very happy, so we were happy.

We had one patient we had to immediately refer this week, who reportedly fell off a bike, but as we soon was something more, something we should not touch. Luckily we were in a local health center that day, and the local doctor wrote him a referral slip to go to the hospital, since it was a bullet wound. We also had two separate abcesses, and a huge hand wound to fix up, plenty of semi-surgery for a week of brigades.

We do not always get the beautfiul sunsets or picturesque skies here in Tegucigalpa. But yesterday I was just struck by the sky as the sun did go down. This is looking North West, the sky was equally beautiful in the other directions, and it most certainly rained later, but it was just awesome, in the literal sense of the word. I was encouraged by a devotional given this week to stop during these moments to stop and appreciate what God has done, does, and will do, in all aspects of our life, which includes the mountains, the clouds, the earth around us.

1 comment:

Laurie said...

I'm glad the coffee project is off the ground! Tres bien! (down here in NOLA that means buy bien)