For those of you who noticed, I also updated my 'Hello!' picture on the right; it's a selfie I took on my first morning in Guatemala. Since the previous one was taken in 2014, I thought it high time for a change!
Okay, down to business.
First of all, we left on...
Wait a minute--I just realized you're probably wondering who 'we' is (unless I'm talking like the Queen, which I can assure you I'm not, though I like the idea). Let it be known that I had a traveling buddy!
I'd better introduce you.
This....is Gwendolyn, my BFF.
Backstory (because everyone loves a good backstory): Gwendolyn and I met in UAkron's nursing school around November of 2014. We both have similar tastes in literature, movies and wound care, as well as traveling. She and I are pretty direct opposites other than that--between background, personality, religion and thought process you probably couldn't get much more different than the two of us. But, in spite of that, we have a tremendous friendship that has now stood the test of an international medical missions trip and 8 days of being roommates!
Brief Description: Gwendolyn is 26. She's smart, ambitious, sarcastic, guarded, resourceful, dedicated and always wears part of her hair in an asymmetrical braid. She is a nursing student, works as a cook/server in a Mediterranean restaurant, and lives near Akron. There it is in a nutshell.
More Backstory: We had been wanting to go on a medical trip to Ghana that was being sponsored by our school, but the program ended up getting canceled. When I found out about Medical Missions Outreach (the organization through which we went to Guatemala), I broached the subject while Gwendolyn and I were having lunch in the hospital while having our clinical rotation. I told her I was going to Guatemala for a medical missions trip and asked if she wanted to come. Her response? "Where do I sign up?" And we did, and we went.
So, now that you understand the 'we' part, I'll proceed.
We left Akron/Canton airport very early on August 5th. Both Gwendolyn and I had so much to talk about on the flights and in the Atlanta airport--we hadn't seen each other in two whole days! :) I was kind of nervous about meeting the rest of our group; 51 other people were part of our missions team, with qualifications ranging from MD to LPN and professions from teacher to policemen. We met the founder of MMO, Bradley Edmondson, at the Atlanta airport, and I felt better instantly; he is a godly and humble man with a sincere desire to serve the Lord and help people around the world. This was his 10th missions trip this year!
Once we reached Guatemala City, our team was split in two and sent to two different hostels. Gwendolyn and I shared a room at the Villa Toscana.
So, that Sunday afternoon, we were told to put on a scrub top and go down to the school that would serve as our clinic, as we were going to have a meeting about how the clinic would be run. Well, it turned out that we were having more than just a meeting--there were people waiting outside and it was decided to open the clinic then and there! We treated 245 people in the space of 4 hours!
And the fun was only just beginning....
I'll try to post Part 2 soon! Hope to get some great comments from you all!
P.S. If you look up Medical Missions Outreach on Facebook, there are a lot of great pictures, plus a couple movies, one giving a little tour of the clinic and the other of our whole group. Also, if MMO gets 10,000 likes on Facebook, a business will donate money for medications and supplies, so be sure to hit that 'like' button! Thanks.