By Francie Johnson
I’ve never done a blog and this is my first trip to Nica! Today started off with rain. After breakfast, the education/sewing group headed for San Ramon. We saw a Rainbow Network Facility which is a clinic and education offices. Some went on a tour of the lovely town. Others met with Rainbow Network personnel to plan for next June. We then traveled up a mountain to LaGrecia. We were ushered into a classroom where parents were waiting to hear about early literacy training. Donna and Deb are photoed holding the audience captivated.
Then on to Nueva Santa Celia for lunch. Notice our guest at the community center while we ate.
Children from town were very curious and soon we were able to gather enough to start a program. ALL were captivated. After a snake story by Donna, the children did art activities.
We drove back to our hotel, had dinner, and spent the evening bonding with all the friends we have made. It has been great.
By Deb Boehde
On Monday, Dr. Benden, Dr. Keil, Terri Connell and I went to Fara Clinic in Matagalpa to work. Fara Clinic is a place where women who can’t afford healthcare can go. I was so surprised to get a hug and kiss on the cheek by all staff members even though this was the first time I had met them.
I assisted Dr. Flavia, Dr. Benden, and Dr. Keil with cystoscopy exams to look for any spread of cancer to the bladder, did cervical cancer screening and tissue sampling to send off to the laboratory. I did this again on Tuesday.
Wednesday and Thursday, I was able to learn a new set of skills. I had the privilege of working with Terri, our ultrasound tech from Gundersen, who was helping Dr. Freddy at Fara Clinic hone his sonography of leg veins and treatment of painful varicose veins. My job was a process of drawing up sclerosing medicine in a syringe to mix with air in another syringe that made foam to inject in the bad vein. This is something I had never done before.
But, the best part of my days were the wonderful appreciative patients who would thank you and hug you as they left always saying, “Mucho gusto” (nice to meet you). Also the welcoming staff who greeted us as precious friends. I want to thank our team who helped this nurse learn new skills and knowledge.