Today was clinic again at ASELSI. It was a pretty straight forward day with mostly routine type complaints. I did see one 16 y/o girl that reported ‘fainting’ about every 2 weeks. The description of these passing out episodes was difficult to interpret and didn’t really fit any particular cause. I wasn’t for sure if she was orthostatic, having panic attacks, conversion disorder, seizures, etc. We asked her to keep a diary and write down her symptoms and the events that occurred just before and just after each episode. The hard part is that her parents cannot read or write, only she can. So we’ll be relying on her to keep an accurate history. I’ll be interested to see what comes of that.
After clinic Annie, Heidi and I went into the market at Chichi for some last minute shopping. After returning home Matt and Isaac joined us and we drove out to some nearby Mayan ruins. It was pretty interesting to see. There was a nice little museum with pictures of how they thought the ruins looked and the timeline of the Mayans in the area. The ruins themselves are not very well preserved and people are able to walk all around them. They have also not been fully excavated. Most of them are still covered in grass. In some areas you can’t actually see the ruins, but by the shape of the grass/ground you can tell there are ruins under them. Many local Mayans still come to the ruins and perform various rituals/sacrifices. You can see areas where they have burned candles and there are many ruins that are black in areas where this was done. There is also a cave there that supposedly goes under most of the ruins, but we were not able to walk much into the cave as there were three Mayan men at the mouth of the cave doing some type of ritual with candles and salt and such and we did not want to disturb them. I would have loved to take a picture of that, but it didn’t seem right to do.