This morning the sun is brilliant and the air is soft and mild. The team has a half day off and it is a good time to think back over the past few days. We had many patients, and every day when we would get to the clinic at seven, already patients were waiting for us at the gate. A number of patients are coming for a follow-up. They have come for several years and are very satisfied with the results of their homeopathic treatments, but might have new or ongoing health concerns they want to consult about. Or they are in treatment for Chagas and have to be followed-up and have their blood taken to see how they are doing. Others are new patients who heard about the clinic from family or neighbours and are coming for a consultation.
Yolanda, who has been working at the clinic for many hears and who knows the people and their families meets first with everyone who comes in. She finds out what they are coming for. All the Chagas patients have priority as well as those who come for serious conditions. If someone’s issue doesn’t seem to be of high priority we will have to tell them that it is not certain that we will have time for a consult with them. This is of course very difficult, we would love to be able to see everyone and we are looking for ways to be able to do that over the longer term. Yesterday, two women in their late 50s waited the whole day until we were finally able to see them. And we were so glad to do so, since it turned out that one of them was very concerned that she might have Chagas disease and we confirmed that her symptoms could very well be related to that. With much relief on both sides, we sent her off with the homeopathic treatment for this debilitating disease.
One of the unsettling cases of the day, was a little baby girl, 8 months old. She was bitten one month ago by chinche and has had fever ever since. The mother is very worried. We did the interview and consultation first, because we knew that the lab visit would not be fun for the little one, because she has to be pricked for blood. We are lucky to have Julia with us who is a pediatric nurse and in the end the baby only cried a little bit. We found out that the family lives in the mountains, and doesn’t have any neighbours around. The mother saw the chinche inside their house. This is where they are during the night which is the time they bite. The baby had been bitten on the forearm and the bite had left a swelling with little blisters. She had also had a fever and was in a bad mood. We all became very fond of the baby in the time that she spent in the clinic and you can see pictures of her in the photo gallery.
In the mean time, Norbita spent two days teaching the first line of HTSF remedies. The first day was a group of women from the region of Valle de Angeles. These women leaders will bring the homeopathy into their communities and be a support for the clinic by doing treatments of first line problems, such as accidents, and fevers in their communities. The day was attended by a group of medical students in their last year of studies. They were so enthusiastic about homeopathy and at the end of the day a few wanted their cases taken because they were dealing with health problems that their conventional medicine had no solutions for. The HTSF complexes are so beautifully built that they deal with the acute symptoms in a way that follows the body’s processes and never goes against the body’s own innate healing powers. Furthermore, they also all contain elements of constitutional support, so that while the acute is being treated, the underlying constitution also gets stronger. A big thank you to Martine Jourde for bringing this way for doing homeopathy tot the parts of the world where the health care needs are so big and the resources are so small. While at the same time we are benefiting from using these remedies in Canada.
Our next missions are planned for:
Mar 18-Apr 2, 2017
For these missions, we’re inviting Ontario and Quebec homeopaths to join us for training that applies to HTSF projects as well as clinical experience. For more information about how to join us on our next mission, contact us for more information.
Carla Marcelis, ND, DHom
Carla brings dedication, passion and expertise as mission leader to the MICH Honduras Clinic and to her role as Director and teacher at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy. Visit her webpage to learn more about her and to read all of her blog posts.