Saturday, February 25th, 2012
Today we had a huge fiesta for Father Greg’s arrival/departure/birthday. Over 1,500 people showed up to the mass. When the mass ended people lined up out the door of the church to talk with him. He is viewed as a saint in the town.
Friday, February 24th, 2012
The man who started the Mission finally came back today. We had a huge mass and it was very emotional for everyone. I do not think people expected him to look so sick. He has an amazing presence around him, like he has a higher power involved (cheesy I know). He has done so much for this town. I am not sure what they will do without him.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
Surgery week ended!
Today was amazing. I was able to sit in on surgeries all morning. Eventually they had me do some translating work. Sadly I had to tell a little girl that shouldn’t have her surgery because she has pneumonia. Other than that the week went great. Twenty two life saving surgeries were given.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
We went to the Circus tonight!
It was exactly how you would picture a Guatemalan circus but more. There was trapeze, awkward dancing, juggling, reggaeton performances, a girl flying around the room in a hoop, clowns, and personalized key chains. Basically, it was the place where dreams are made.
Thank you San Lucas for never turning dull.
I love hearing wonderful things from my country of Guate. I love the picture of your favorite chucho :)
Thanks! I love being here.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Worked on the Mission’s website all day. We had to comb through it and find what was outdated and what can stay. We are completely revamping it, making it more user friendly and up to date. I also made an official blog for the mission.
Check it out!
Monday, February 20th, 2012
Today was the first day of the children’s, orthopedics surgeries. Surgeons from all over the States are here to help. I helped translate for half the day. It was amazing how long some of these kids had been suffering from fairly simple injuries. One of our close friends from Guatemala had knee surgery today. It turned out perfect. Now he has six weeks of recovery.
Sorry I do not have more pictures, but it is pretty unethical to take photos inside of the surgery room.
Sunday, February 19th, 2012
Sunday Fun Day
Today has been amazingly uneventful. I did yoga in the back and took a nap in the sun. I walked through the market and bough some yogurt. While walking I realized I was still wearing my running shorts. Whoops I guess the Guatemalans got to see a little more of my legs than they are used to.
I wondered why I was getting abnormally more stares.
These vendors are everywhere.
Saturday, February 18th, 2012
The Day of Radiation
Today I helped translate for a medical group. Basically, I took people to get X-rays in this shitty room. The guy just left the door open with the machine and we all just stood there. We are doing orthopedic surgeries all next week. It is going to be amazing.