Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MDP Mission Trip to Chiapas, Mexico--Post #5

 On Wednesday morning, we woke up a little tired, as the hard rains on the tin roof kept a lot of us awake for a portion of the night, although I think we all still felt thankful for such a nice place to stay compared to many of the buildings we’ve seen in the villages. 

We had a shorter day of clinic yet still saw 67 patients (including the ones from the day before).  Looking around the clinic and observing like I spent so much time doing this week from my post at the nurse’s station, I couldn’t help but still feel shock while noticing again how patient and content people are waiting in our clinic to be seen by a provider. They are so happy to simply have access to this and I’m sure realize that having a five hour wait to see a provider after a two hours trip up a mountain in the back end of a truck is so much better than having nothing at all. Imagine what people in the United States would do if that had to wait that long in a shed, sitting on a hard wooden bench with a numbered slip of paper, visit with their provider (not being able to choose which one they see) in front of the other 60 or so people in the shed, and having their private exams in a make-shift privacy area with a tarp, rope and some clothespins. Yet again, I can’t help but thank God to have the access to healthcare that we do and will never again complain or be impatient during a wait at my clinic back home.

Coffee in hand and ready for another day of clinic! 

This little guy was helping his mother sell rice pudding to patients coming to get care in the village

On the way home from clinic, our awesome driver, Vicente, stopped by the side of the road so that we could check out the beautiful Lagos de Montebello. The water was beautiful and blue, and again, I feel like pictures can't do it justice (are you sick of me saying that yet!?! Sorry!)

After returning to our hotel for a short rest, we headed out for a mini trip that was planned by Lia. We went to Santa Maria, an extravagant hotel, museum and restaurant. Despite being only 15 minutes from where we were staying, it seemed so further because it is so different from everything else around the area. The architecture was gorgeous and I was surprised and how old yet well preserved it was. The museum area was a room with walls covered in gorgeous original Catholic paintings of from various schools of art in Mexico. 

We toured the grounds a little more before dinner and saw the hotel’s Arabian Suite. From the outside, it looked like a giant white tent with walls that is used from graduation parties and outdoor weddings. The inside, however, was extremely elegant and had beautiful deep red linens on a king bed, red rugs and couches, beautiful stained glass lamps and a bathroom with a stone shower and deep tub. We then sat down outside for a dinner under a pavilion. It was nice to have a new menu to look at (although poor Lia had to translate the entire thing for us). I decided on spaghetti con hierbas finas and Grandma had a steak. Feeling tired and satisfied, we headed back to the hotel for a good night’s rest.

I would love to find out what these are. My favorite flower is the orchid, and these reminded me of them! 

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