Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

A Medical Mission Trip

January 4, 2011 by  
Filed under CNA Training

Sitting at the airport, I look around the world is about to leave for their first mission trip application if they are prepared for what they are doing. Nobody really knows what that involves travel, or the amount of time and effort to be put in that went to the Dominican Republic twice and I still remember my first trip and I had doubts when we arrived. We had our luggage and left the airport to three buses. One was filled with our luggage and two others with about 65 enrolled and student nurses. It was so hot, two buses and had broken the windshield of the bus has a luggage cart with air conditioning! I remember the paved roads turn into dirt tracks and roads underdeveloped. My eyes are more than we have come to a fenced area, our home. The bus stopped and waited until the door is open and after pulling the bus door closed behind us. That is where we when we were not at the clinics.

Sleeping consisted of rusted bunk beds with mattresses that were old and about two inches thick. The bathroom stalls were at the end of the room with three showers with them. Each shower had a slow stream of cool water that felt good considering it was too hot there, but it had to be careful not to touch eyes or mouth, because you risk getting sick . The water is not drinkable unless it is bottled or fountain of water where we stay.After I lost my bag on our bedroom and asked my bed I went to the dining room for lunch thinking “Oh no, what did I get myself into!” There was a lot of us think the same thing. After eating we unpacked and started to prepare and separate drugs and supplies.

We were in the Dominican Republic for five days and three out of five days we spent working in clinics. Every day, we split into two groups and went to two separate clinical work. We got up early, ate breakfast, and arrived at the site of the clinic from 8:30 to 09:00 and left when the family was last seen. You want to spend the day with an interpreter if you do not speak Spanish while discussing problems, health education and evaluation, and distribute health kits for families.

The clinics are generally held in churches, and provide personal information, we created individual rooms by hanging sheets. The volume of patients they saw during the day was incredible, we just took a break, just a quick lunch, then back to see patients. Here, we not only see a patient we saw a patient and his family, so we take turns to eat, that people can continue to be seen. It was amazing to see how many people were there to help. The people of the city, the clinic was held in coming to volunteer, translate, interpret, direct people where to go, or make coffee to keep everyone energized. People were so grateful that the nurses were in the Dominican Republic to help.

People come from all over the Dominican Republic, some half-day walk and sit and wait for hours to see the nurses in the United States. For some, this is just the health care they receive. I am so grateful for the care we give and the time we spend with them. By the end of the trip was difficult for me to leave, for me, this trip made me realize that we have much more to offer.