Walking into the MICH Honduras Hlinic, when we first arrived on Tuesday afternoon, was like coming home. It was very moving to see our local partners, Yolanda, who is the laboratory technician and also quite a good homeopath, and Francisco, our volunteer administrator of the Clinic and our special chauffeur when we are in Valle. Between the two of them, they keep the Clinic om functioning order between the Canadian missions.
Today was our second day in the Clinic and the people have started to learn that we have arrived and are coming to the Clinic for consults. Yesterday, about ten people came, mostly in the afternoon, and today it was double that number. It takes us a little bit of time to get back into the rhythm of the Clinic: the consultations, the remedy prescription, preparation of the remedies and explanation of how they are taken. Since we are only in the Clinic once or twice per year and people live in such difficult living conditions, the prescribing of homeopathy is quite different from that in Canada. We have to think globally, something that homeopathy always does, but also long-term and try to predict the evolution of what someone may need in the coming months. We are seeing the type of cases here that we would not see in Canada. The hard physical labour, lack of good nutrition and clean water render the population vulnerable to tropical infectious diseases, parasites, as well as more common infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Pain is also a common symptom that people consult for. It is of course very difficult to work when you are in much physical pain, whether from headache, or pains in muscles, joints and bones. Not being able to work, for the population here, means not having any income and this can change an already precarious situation into one of great suffering for a family.
Coming back to the Clinic for a second or third mission means that people we have seen before are returning for follow up and that we can find out about the results of the previous interventions. Today we heard a number of success stories, but the one which stands out the most was from a very dear woman we saw last January. She came to see us then with very bad ulceration on her lower legs. She could barely stand on her feet and could no longer walk. We were very afraid that she might lose her lower legs. She was given an elaborate homeopathic intervention, including coming to the Clinic twice per week for cleaning out of the deep wounds and dressing them. This was difficult because she couldn’t walk, but the family organized for her to be able to come and she has continued to come regularly to refill the remedies that she was prescribed in January. Since her situation had been so difficult, she had been in low spirits. So, we were very happy to see her arrive today with the most beautiful smile. She was walking with ease and without pain and her legs are so much improved, that one is tempted to call it a miracle. There is only one little scab left on one leg and the rest is all healed. And all of it, with homeopathy alone! It makes one cry with joy over the positive impact homeopathy has in people’s lives!
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.