Today is the first day of clinic. We are taking turns going on lunch break at the Chiquito´s house. The morning went by very fast and we saw a lot of patients. I really feel like we are impacting the people of Sumpango. We will be seeing patients until approximately 4:30PM and then we will clean up and head back to the orphanage.

Everything seems to be going very well. Some of the medical students from Guatemala City have come to help us and translate for us. They are all very nice and very helpful. We are so blessed to have them help us on this trip.

A few of our team members are feeling under the weather, so please pray for health and strength for our team.

I also wanted to let you know that we found out that the parrot´s name is actually Holly, although they are not sure if it is a boy or a girl. To find out if a parrot is male or female, you actually have give them an x-ray!

Roberta would like to tell her kids that she loves them and misses them very much!

I hope to write again today or tomorrow. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Below is a post from Dr. Dan Kraeger. Please read and enjoy! :)


Captains Blog - Stardate 1/8/12 - Guatemala Galaxy

We’ve arrived without incident; probably our smoothest journey this century.  Many on our team used soft-side Army duffels for the first time and there was considerable concern about how my Cheetos supply would fare.  I am happy to report that the shoe box I placed them in served as adequate protection from the airport bandits who are often bent on destroying our luggage.  The family sized bag arrived unscathed.  Being the generous soul that I am, I informed the team that each member could feel free to have two per day.  The M & M’s also survived proving once again that the little hard shell is adequate protection as we journey nearer the equator, to keep my precious chocolate from melting.  Thank you Lord, for Life Is Good with some little comforts from home.

Thanks to Dr. Arnold’s persistence and diligence, we walked through customs with our meds and supplies with no hassles and tax exempt status.  They did search each of our 30 action packers but found no fault with our contents.  Lloyd had sent a copy of the content’s previously to Monica’s mom (one of our favorite Guatemalan med students mom is a lawyer) and we had all of the signed and sealed documents ready to present to the customs agents.  They simply stamped three of our passports and listed the orphans gifts, toothbrushes and paste from Delta Dental next to the stamp and told us that we cannot bring anymore gifts to Guatemala for the next six months.  We all smiled and they thanked us for helping their country.  J

As we turn in for the evening, many of us have been up for the past 36 plus hours.  It reminds me a little of those days in residency so many years ago.  Days I’ve erased for the most part as other bits of life have been added to my hard drive memory.  I need a few more gigs of RAM perhaps.  Our team of 32 handled this trip remarkably well as we flew in, set up, and attended two church services all in one day.  We have always had an extra day so this was a change.  And all who know me know that I am soooo great with change.  We have an awesome group including Carrie Kingston who was able to decide to join us within two hours when we had an unexpected cancellation Friday.  She obviously is flexible and Scott is a great dad and husband.  She will be our resident artist, again something new, creating some beautiful paintings this week that she will donate to the church and orphanage.

And oh, by the way, you probably don’t have to pray for our meals.  We are well taken care of in that regard.  We had a fabulous buffet in Guatemala City for breakfast, another great lunch at Oscar’s parent’s home, and an amazing dinner tonight at the orphanage.  And to think that some of us thought we might actually lose a few pounds on this trip.  I guess there’s only one thing I can do; have a handful of my colored stress tabs and call it a day (and a half).  Until my next blog, Captain Dan.


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