Despite the rain this morning, people were waiting outside the gate when we arrived at the clinic at 7 am. Luckily we have a roof over part of the court yard and waiting area to hide from the rain, but everyone was wet since they had their long walk to come to the clinic. This was a good time to hand out some of the clothing we had brought from Canada and make sure that everyone stayed warm. Many patients come as a group. One woman brought four children with her from her household, two daughters, one granddaughter and a niece. One group of five came all the way from Guanacaste, a 3 1/2 hour walk. They were family members of Nicolasa to whom we had made a home visit last Sunday. Nicolasa who is 77 and suffers from arthritis could no longer make this walk. She has been coming to the clinic since the beginning and since she has Chagas disease, she is very keen that her children and grandchildren get themselves checked out and get the proper prevention or treatment for Chagas.
Since we are three teams that do the consultations, it can take some time before a whole group of patients has moved through all the steps of blood taking, consultation, remedy preparation and can finally make the journey back home. The area where Nicolasa’s family lives is in the mountains and they are very poor. The living circumstances make the risk of Chagas much higher. Accidents and other tragedies are also quite common. One of the women we saw today had lost her son to lightning, two years ago. Another one was trying to support her brother and his family, while he recuperated from a leg amputation due to an accident on the land.
We also had some good news to hand out: a man who had been high positive for Chagas had come all the way down to being negative with homeopathic treatment. What was even better than his blood result, was the fact that he no longer suffers from the painful pressure on the heart region, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath and palpitations that are key symptoms of Chagas. He does still have high blood pressure, and so he left with a homeopathic treatment for that.
Our evenings are also well spent. It is at this time that we share the cases that we have seen that day and receive teaching from Martine Jourde on the various protocols and remedies for the conditions that were treated. The statistics of the day are taken down, in terms of what conditions were treated and what remedies were prescribed. It is also a time that we get to be together as a team and relax a little while we do the final tasks of the day.
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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.
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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.