Today’s clinic was up in the mountains in a village/town called Chiminisijuan (not sure of the spelling?). It’s a clinic that Leslie and Katie Ficker usually do every Tuesday and today we decided to go and help out. Most days I’ve been wearing pants and closed toed shoes with a t-shirt and cardigan or long sleeve shirt and often bring along my fleece jacket as well. But, today I wore capri pants with sandals, a tank top and cardigan, and of course it was pretty cold today with some rain/misting! I was chilly. Luckily Leslie and Katie are very sweet and caring and helped me to get warm by lending me a wool sweater and allowing me to warm up my hands at the little fire they had going and Leslie made me some chai tea with a mix she had. Yum! Though it was hard to feel to cold when I was dry and inside the clinic while most of the patients were waiting outside to be seen and became pretty wet. Some of the poor little kids didn’t have much on and just looked so cold. We only saw about 45 patients today. Prenatal visits, colds, fungal skin infections, gastritis/GERD, body aches and pains, etc. There were two little kids that Duane tried to fit for glasses. Their vision was pretty bad as both of them squint really bad. And actually with the little girl we aren’t really all that sure that she can see much of anything, especially out of her left eye. The Fickers gave them each a pair of donated glasses that will hopefully help, and will work on trying to get them hooked up with an ophtholmologist.
Tomorrow morning we know that Regina (a woman who’s had 4 of her own kids with cleft lip/palate, and who brought us a little 3mo old last week with cleft lip) is bringing us another baby with cleft lip/palate to be evaluated and put on the list for surgery. She is also bringing another child with microtia (small, malformed ear).