By Terri Connell, Ultrasonographer
Today I finished my five day work week at Fara Clinic. This is my second trip to Nicaragua to help teach vascular ultrasound. My goal this year was to help Dr. Freddy (Fara Clinic) to become more proficient with his diagnosis and treatment of venous disease using ultrasound. We had a very busy week seeing and treating over 50 patients, many of which needed wound care to their legs.
I also worked on teaching Freddy abdominal ultrasound two days this week. We were able to identify some basic abdominal pathology. In the last nine months, I have seen great improvement and confidence in Freddy’s ultrasound skills. As we wrapped up our day today, Freddy and I talked about the confidence he now feels using ultrasound in his everyday work. I feel very accomplished about the goals Freddy and I reached.
Coming to Nicaragua has been a great reminder of how lucky we are to have the luxuries we have back home, including clean drinking water, warm showers, and easy access to healthcare. Some of the patients we treated traveled a whole day to wait several hours to be seen. The people of Nicaragua might be some of the most grateful people I’ve ever seen. I think 90% of them kissed me on my cheek with a “gracias” and a smile. I can’t think of a better way to end my week. I strongly encourage anyone to give your time to Global Partners, It’s well worth it! God bless.
Unan Lecture Hall
Dinner by I-Phone Light when we lost electricity and our Friends at the Hotel San Jose.