Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pharmacist for a Day

This past weekend a group of 25 doctors and nurses came to stay on our campus and participate in a fast paced five days of medical missions. I got to be a part of working with this group on Friday. Early Friday morning we loaded up boxes of medicine medical supplies and equipment and headed out to a place we call Rio 3. This is one of the two squatters villages that Back2Back works to serve in the Monterrey area. When we work at Rio 3 we partner with a woman named Olga who runs a church and community center in the area. Olga had already assessed the needs of the community before we arrived with our medical brigade and planned for us to have about 70 appointments in 4 hours. We used the church as our medical center. We set up 3 doctors station, a nurses station where the patients had their initial screenings and because we had an optometrist in the group, we also set up a vision screening station.

Here is a picture of our medical center complete with doctors, nurses and translators.

Finally, we set up the pharmacy offering a range of medications from children's vitamins to antibiotics. Someone, me and my friend and fellow Back2Back staff member Courtney became the pharmacists. We organized the medicines and counted and dispensed whatever the doctors prescribed.

Here is part of our pharmacy counter :)
We didn't always have everything they needed, but I loved seeing the doctors think creatively and use their wisdom and training to try and come up with some way to provide the best care possible. I was continually reminded throughout the day of the bigness of God. He brought doctors from thousands of miles away because he knew that on this day Lupita would be sick and need someone to care for her. The people that live in this community would probably not have had access to medical care in any other way. He moved in the hearts of these doctors to choose to sacrifice their time to come on a trip and serve the poor alongside us. He organized just the right doctors, nurses, staff members and medicines so that He could provide care for people He loves. We just get to be His hands and feet.

This is Courtney and I ... a teacher and a social worker who got to be pharmacists for a day :)

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