TEAM NICARAGUA: FUN DAY
May 15, 2017
Today was our free day at the beach! We started our morning eating delicious pancakes and omelets for breakfast. Then some of us attended a free yoga class while others went on a hike up the cliff near the shore. The rest of the day was spent swimming in the ocean, surfing, and lounging by the hotel pool. It was the perfect way to end the week after all our hard work.
Later in the afternoon, it was time for us to pack up and head towards Managua. On the way we stopped by T.J.’s house to drop off the left over medicines and supplies. This was our last day in Nicaragua and our flight home would leave early the next morning. Some of the team had planned to stay behind and explore more of the country. It was sad to say goodbye to them as we went our separate ways. Luckily there will be a team reunion in a couple of months and I cannot wait to hear about the rest of their trip!
+ Jessica Stone, MUSC NP Student
TEAM UGANDA: FUN DAY
Today, the team we woke up in beautiful Murchison Falls at the crack of dawn to take part in an authentic African safari. Equipped with breakfast in hand and cameras charged, we piled into 3 pop-top vans and made our way to the park. The park rangers kept us safe as we traveled through the park and saw Jackson heart beasts, eagles, water bucks, warthogs, water buffalos, origes, giraffes, Uganda cobbs, hippos and of course African elephants! It was an incredible experience, even if a baboon stole my snack upon boarding the vans!
At the end of our stay at Murchison Falls, the team gathered to debrief and share our thoughts and feelings about how the trip went. The team shared what they learned, found surprising and laughed about memories made. We talked about the “Now what?” feeling that is is going to happen when re-entering home culture. We have all certainly changed, yet our home environment has not. Coming home can be difficult and discouraging, but with the support of our friends and teammates we can help to integrated our new knowledge and growth into our lives at home.
Tonight we celebrate our journey at the Masindi Hotel. The OneWorld Health May Uganda Team was able to serve a total of 913 Ugandan citizens, providing them with free primary, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy, eye and pharmaceutical care. This trip, though emotionally and physically trying, has been absolutely incredible. This trip has demonstrated the the power of love can do amazing things.
One of the life lessons that will stay with me the most is that all people, from every walk of life, has had their own obstacles and burdens to overcome and everyone is deserving of love, care and respect.
+ Marina Clements, MUSC DPT Student
TEAM NICARAGUA: CLINIC DAY 5
It’s hard to believe that today was our last day of clinic in Nicaragua. We had the pleasure of serving in the new Tola clinic, which is pretty different than the sites we have been working in all week. It was really cool to be able to serve in an urban center. We were able to work with and provide health care to 106 patients. We were so thankful to be welcomed by the town and the clinic.
We got the chance to work with so many amazing patients, but one stood out in our minds today. Our provider team diagnosed a boy with cerebral palsy and was sent our way in therapy. We were able to educate his mom on making an adaptive washcloth to allow him to be more independent in his daily life!
After clinic, we packed up and headed to the Pacific Ocean. We spent the end of our day at Playa Gigante playing on the beach and attempting to surf (well some of us!). It’s hard to believe our week in clinic has come to a close, it’s been such a rewarding experience and we have been so welcomed by the Nicaraguan people.
We will always remember our time spent in Nicaragua!
+ Eliza Gunner, MUSC OTD Student
+ Caroline Emmanuel, MUSC OTD Student