It is our third day at the clinic and we had an intense morning with some very seriously ill patients. These patients live in such poverty and difficult housing conditions, that their illnesses are maintained, or keep coming back, despite treatment.
We have in our team of homeopaths also a nurse and she was busy today cleaning out infected wounds and helping the permanent staff person, Yolanda with taking blood of people with circulation problems. The blood test is essential to check for Chagas disease and sometimes other parasites (see yesterdays blog for an explanation of Chagas disease,) and it is also a way to verify if the homeopathic treatment is working.
After a late lunch, we climbed into a minibus and were driven through the mountains to the small village of Guanacaste. Until three years ago, these villagers had no electricity. However, through a project between the European Union and a Honduras university, solar panels were placed and now there is electricity.
For the last part of our trip, the road was unpaved and had many steep slopes and sharp bends. Our chauffeur (and all around helper at the clinic), Francisco, did an excellent job to get us safely to the foot of the slope where the house stood that was our destination. From here we climbed up the mountain side where the family that we were visiting was growing some of their food. Once we arrived at the house we admired a most spectacular view.
We were greeted enthusiastically by various family members and the grandmother, who was the reason of the visit, was waiting for us on the porch.
By car the trip took us 1 1/2 hours, but on foot this would take over 3 1/2 hours.
The lady of over 70 years old had been coming to the clinic herself until this time, when her arthritis and heart condition no longer permitted her such an effort. We were very happy to be able to make a house call, checking on her health and collecting her blood this way.
They shared coffee and cookies with us, a gesture of hospitality and gratefulness for a family who lives with the bare minimum. Before leaving, we were also rewarded with a beautiful sunset over the mountains and a splash of rainbow colours where the sun hit the cloud cover.
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.