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By: Clarissa Cisneros, Emergency department coordinator, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
Oct. 14, 2013
Is it really over? Did that one-week in Reu really just come and go so quickly?
As a group, we shared our thoughts as the week drew to a close. How do we take such a profound experience with us back home? How do we translate the connections we made and introduce the people we’ve come to know in Reu to our friends, family, and supporters? How do we structure our responses to encapsulate our experiences? How can I get you to read this blog and feel the warmth, the love, the acceptance, and gratitude we felt every day? When you ask us how our trip went, chances are we may be thinking all these things at once. We're probably also wondering how long of a response we can give before your eyes begin to wander cueing us to bring our week-long story to a close. It's a difficult task. There is a lot to share.
Our team consulted over 100 possible surgical candidates at Hilario Galindo. Of those, 74 had surgery over the course of four days. FOUR DAYS, 74 surgeries.
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Que Dios los bendiga, may God bless you.
Que Dios se los pague, may god repay you.
No tengo como pagarles, pero Dios se los pagara. I don’t have a means to pay you, but God will repay you.
After the completion of their surgeries, patient after patient, we received this love and blessings.
How do you translate an emotion into words?
For one patient, it came in the form of a song. It was time for morning rounds and a patient calls for her doctor’s attention as he walked to his next patient. The women’s ward begins to echo the song streaming from her phone. The melodic chorus of Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now travels across the room, bringing her doctor back to the foot of her bed. This is her thank you.
In the pediatric ward, three-year-old Axel lays on his bed holding a presence, an attitude, well beyond his years. As his father enters the room wearing a shirt with the image of both his sons across the chest, Axel sits, and enjoys the lollipop given to him by his nurse. His parents brought the group fresh pineapples and papayas, fruits that outshine their U.S. counterparts in taste and size.
This is how our week began and ended. Families thanked their nurses and surgeons for the work they have done in Reu. Some brought small gifts to go with the warm embraces they shared as they said “gracias.”
But we thank them for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of this experience; to have the opportunity to walk together throughout this jornada. As Sister Nancy alluded to on triage day, Sunday, our journeys combined for this week in Hilario Galindo. And although we are back to where we call home, our experiences at Hilario Galindo and the memories of the people we were able to know in Reu serve as our center. They collectively hold our perspectives in balance as we attempt to maneuver the world we live in and the world that welcomed us with open arms for a week in time.
A heartfelt thank you and abrazo to Team 375. To our surgeons, anesthesiologists, scrub techs, instrument specialist, pharmacist, nurses, translators, team leaders, and staff of Hilario Galindo and Faith in Practice: the dedication of each and every one on this team has been an amazing thing to witness and be a part of. Every day came with it's challenges, and the last day of surgery proved no different (emergency appendectomy being prepped in OR 2 as the rest of the team took inventory and packed).
Read other posts from the Oct. 4-12, 2013 trip:
October 2013 team announcedHello GuatemalaAdventures on the road to ReuFirst full day at Hilario GalindoCommercial broadcast attracts many people seeking careMartaLeslyWe embrace those who are sufferingClaudia y JuanIvan
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