Clinic started early.

It took 30-40 minutes to get to the hospital, the crowds were lined up in all the hall way, and bus loads would be coming in throughout the morning. We all went to our stations to start the busy day.

My (Lisa’s) Rotary moment: When walking up the ramp I felt a hand on my shoulder, and when I turned around, there with a big smile was Claudia, the young woman that’s been in my heart everyday for the past 2 years. I didn’t think I would ever see her again. It was like we were never apart. Even though she has trouble with her speech, and I don’t speak Spanish, we knew what each other was saying. Barbara also saw her favorite patient. Nothing could make this mission any better. I was so wrong, so many of the patients we saw remembered us from before. The ones that were shy and quiet were hugging us like we were a long lost cousin. Others were happy to see us and curious of who we were and how we could help them. We saw 250 people, ranging from 8 wks to 50 yrs. There were around 98 that were accepted, 60 maybes, the rest were nos.

Trish is from Amesbury Rotary. It’s her 1st mission and she’s doing a great job helping in records. It’s been nice getting to know her. Cal, another 1sttimer, is the Assistant Quartermaster and now the sterilizer when he’s needed. He is also a pastor and will be doing a service on Sunday. There is a beautiful chapel on the grounds. He will be helping me with part of the blog.