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Day 7

 

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Thursday, July 21 Today, our group gathered for breakfast before our last day of mission work. After eating our amazing breakfast prepared by the guest house hosts, cleaning the dishes, packing the buses full of medical supplies, dental hygiene supplies, arts and crafts, sports equipment, and clothes, our group was ready to conquer another day of hard work!

My group, group 1, traveled to Los Corocitos near the Haitian border. The hour long ride allowed us to enjoy the breathtaking surroundings, see Haitian checkpoints and become better acquainted with two new trip participants, Sam and Terry Wellman. The Wellmans are an amazing addition to Northern Without Borders. Sam's pediatric medicine and Terry's anesthesia background allowed our group to see even more patients today.

When we arrived at the school house with the community leader, we quickly assessed the building and set up patient intake, vitals, height and weight, triage and history, physician examination, pharmacy, tooth care, and arts and crafts. Although the building was nicer than many we've seen, it was too small to have the pharmacy and arts and crafts inside. We quickly adapted to the cramped conditions and set up the pharmacy, tooth care and arts and crafts on a small porch and along the side of the building.

The day moved seamlessly with our two American physicians, a nurse anesthetist, Nicole from Solid Rock Missions, translators and numerous students. Our team saw more than 250 patients! Among those patients, we treated an eight-year-old girl with severe burns, a seven-year-old girl with a sever skin infection, and a 17-year-old boy that is raising his three siblings. The patient population was overwhelmingly gracious and welcoming. The community leader brought us pop to drink for lunch, a true treat, and the children were a great group to play games with. After a quick goodbye to the villagers, we took a group picture and we were headed back toward San Juan for some relaxation before another night of cultural festivities!

Tonight we were invited by Dr. Sandy to a program for troubled youth. This group exists for young boys in San Juan that have a disorganized or less than ideal home life. Every week Dr. Sandy and another member of the community meet for an hour to teach these boys about God. We were lucky enough to sing, pray, and dance with them. After an hour of fun, we were able to pass out arts and crafts to everyone.

As we prepare to travel to Santo Domingo tomorrow, our team has reflected over our week of work. We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to carry out mission work for such inspirational people. Our team came together last week for our packing party not knowing each other and one week later, we are leaving with a lifetime of memories and relationships. None of us are ready to leave tomorrow, but we're already excited for next year's trip! Safe travels and best of luck to our next two teams!

—Ashley Tyger
P5, Pharmacy
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania