Belize- Day 3- Friday- 7,24,15

Today was another long and adventurous medical day!

When we woke up this morning, we quickly threw on our clothes and headed straight for breakfast(johnny/journey cakes, pepper eggs, beans, papaya, and guava juice). It was so yummy! After that, we headed down stairs and hopped on the bus headed to Hope Creek!

Once we got to Hope Creek, Taylor, Grace, William, and I all headed straight for the dentist office. We quickly helped them set up and then got straight to work as patients came flooding in. Our office was the hotspot of the day!

One of the patients was a 15 year old girl who had only made it to standard 6 before dropping out of school. This is very common down in Belize. A lot of the girls there do not make it very far in school before they have to start working or taking care of their siblings or even their own children. While her mouth was numbing I got to sit and talk with her it was such a sweet time in the middle of such a hectic day. Little did I know, her and I were about to become closer than we thought…

When Dr. Don came over after getting all of his tools together for the extraction, he looked at me and asked me if i wanted to do it. I was a little startled at first and even thought he was joking. So I told him that I thought it was best that he did it.

But then he insisted on me doing it.

So, right then and there I sat down and pulled three of this sweet girl’s teeth, AND gave her three stitches. What a crazy experience! Here in America(and probably everywhere else in the world) you have to go through several years of schooling to even be able to clean someone’s teeth, much less pull them and then stitch them back up! I know that God gave me strength in that moment because i couldn’t have done it alone.

Time for lunch! One of the local women cooked lunch for everybody and it was very yummy!

Then it was time to get back to work. At this point i was feeling a little lightheaded(probably from dealing with all of the blood and then going straight to lunch). So, i headed to triage and rested for a while. After a couple of minutes, i was feeling better and headed to the chiropractor’s office. He was so fascinating! I sat in there for a couple of hours just watching with McCall. After the patients were gone, he started doing back adjustments for the people on the team. Several people went through and felt better immediately when he was done. After lots of persuasion, they convinced me to do it too. I was a little hesitant, but when he was done i felt lot better! After a couple more people got adjusted, we cleaned the rooms and packed up!

Time to go back to the Macaroni for another yummy dinner! For dessert, we had the best carrot cake i have ever had! Then we did devos, and now once again, showered and exhausted, it is time to head to bed.

-xoxo

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Belize-Day 2-Thursday-7,23,15

Wow. It has been quite the day.

After eating our yummy breakfast of: Pancakes, watermelon, avocado, pepper eggs, beans, and juice, we all loaded the bus and headed for Pomona!

Today was medical clinic day 1. When we got on the bus, my assigned job was people mover. When we walked into the building, mine and Taylor’s job was switched to dental help! Taylor and I were so excited. We put on gloves and went right to work. There were two “dentists”. One was a young, recently graduated dental student and the other was older man. This older man was a real dentist however, had a very dry sense of humor. Every patient that came through, he informed that he was not a “real dentist”(even though he was). So, we just went with it. After 9 1/2 hours of washing bloody tools, filling out patient forms, being fed by other people(since we were non-stop washing dishes and taking care of patients we had to keep our gloves on. So for safety/health reasons, other people fed us), and assisting in pulling out over 40 teeth, we finally made back to the Macaroni.

Dinner tonight consisted of: Rice, chicken, beans, plantains, salad, and the juice of the day(Not quite sure what the fruit was that it came from). Then for dessert(the best part of the meal), we were served chocolate cake with oreo icing. So yummy! Now, I have showered and gotten ready for bed. Im exhausted but excited to be in my own bed tonight, and ready for another great day tomorrow!

xoxo

p.s. Sorry for no pictures of this day, it was a little too busy 🙂

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Belize-Day 1-Wednesday-7,22,15

As I walked off the plane, I was immediately greeted by the bright colors of the airport and the dark belizean faces staring. WELCOME TO BELIZE! <—–

Right now I am riding in a very large school bus, going about 70 mph, down the dirt road, windows down, and music up! This country is too beautiful for me to comprehend. Too beautiful for words. As I sit here, I am reminded of all the memories made in my previous trip. I cannot wait to hold the sweet children of the Macaroni village in my arms again. I cannot help but smile. This is my passion, my dream. And God is fulfilling it that before my eyes. I wish I could describe how I feel but it too much.

It just started raining. Rain, one of my favorite things in one of my favorite places. This day couldn’t get much better.

I spoke too soon. Now it’s time for lunch at Cheer’s(one of the best restaurants in the country)!11805735_715889928557623_1010460625_n 11798558_715889925224290_614573737_n 11787253_715889921890957_1317011639_n

After scarfing down my food and finishing two other people’s food, we are back on the bus! We have about a two hour drive to our final destination and the anticipation is growing!

After a stop at a mennonite ice cream shop,

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we finally arrived at the Macaroni Hill View Hotel!

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We unloaded the bus as fast as we could and were finally reunited with our belizean family. After playing with the kids for a while, we all retreated to the roof for a brief meeting. Then, we anxiously awaited our dinner which arrived in belizean time(always a bit later than american time). Once dinner finally arrived and was eaten, we had some brief worship and everyone was dismissed. As I walked to my room, exhausted and ready to jump in the shower, I was greeted by another belizean family and ended up watching their kids for a while.

Now, very ready to hop in bed, I went back to my room and jumped in the shower. As I dressed in my pjs, I was suddenly informed that two of the A/C units in other rooms were not working and that I would have to sleep in another room for the evening.

So now, I am tucked in someone else’s bed, exhausted, but ready for what tomorrow holds!

xoxo

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