Saturday in Limon

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Another beautiful day in Limon! Half of our group went to a satellite clinic in the small mountain town of Icoteas, leaving the rest of us to manage the clinic in Limon. I, along with 2 other nursing students, ran the pharmacy. In the US, we are unable to even administer medications without supervision. Here we are dispensing them! I enjoyed learning a few phrases in Spanish to teach the patients about their medications.

After lunch, we met up with a missionary who is not part of our group. He is a retired physician who has been here for several weeks. He was planning on leaving before our group arrived, but he decided to extend his stay so that he could follow-up with some patients he was concerned about. We walked around the outskirts of town and visited two patients.
The first man we visited was paralyzed from the waist down for unknown reasons. He had a fairly nice house and an extremely welcoming family. As soon as we arrived, they gathered chairs for all of us to sit outside. It was interesting discussing this man's medical care while his family chickens ran around our feet!

Our next visit was to an elderly blind lady. She lived in a typical one-room house with a straw roof, dirt floors and hammocks hanging from the ceiling to serve as beds. This elderly lady was very frail and unhealthy looking, but appeared to be happy and content. I was curious about her past ... had she lived in Limon all her life? I was too afraid to ask. On our way back to the clinic, we stopped and gave fluoride treatments to children we saw playing outside. When we arrived at the clinic, there were more children waiting at the gates, begging for candy. They also got fluoride treatments (instead of candy)!

We had a wonderful dinner tonight ... rice, beef, and chili seasoning wrapped in pastry served with rice pudding and carrots! Yummy! Tomorrow is Easter, so we will be attending the Catholic Palm Sunday Mass!
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