After an approximate two hour van ride we arrived at a school in Tescolotote to conduct our fourth Medical Mission. We had the benefit of a secure but very basic building with a cement floor and metal gates that could be pulled over to provide some security. We had five Doctors that accompanied the team. Four Doctors assessed patients and the additional Doctor helped with providing instructions for the prescriptions. We added the additional service of having the children taking their anti-parasitic medication there with a candy to help the medicine go down! Each child was also given a stuffed toy, tooth brush and tooth paste as well as clothing. Labratory services were provided and gynecological exams where being done,
At Casa Shalom there is a large storage shed called a bodega and it houses donations for Missions. Some members took time to sort through many boxes to add to our donations of clothing. All members of the team participated fully at our medical clinics and even our drivers Victor and Chepa helped out and had fun with it!
One particular case which I thought was very sad was that of of a six year old boy with cavities in all of his molars. His molars were black and rotting. His Mom had taken him to the dentist but he couldn't have the teeth removed because there was no anesthic. We are ver fortunate in Canada to have access to proper dental care.
Tthe team gets better at every clinic coming together with co-operation, professionalism and care! I am amazed by the comradory of the team members and of the support staff. Sandwiches, yogurts and drinks which were prepared the night before were shared by all of us.
After we traversed the river in our 15 passenger cube van we set off for our long ride home. The scenery was stunning and it felt good to to be heading home to Casa Shalom!.
But now, thus says The Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name,
you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you.
Isaiah 43: 1-2
Anne Struthers and the PAN team