So I’m a Pharmacist Now…

It’s crazy the different things we end up doing when we have teams here on camp! The team with us right now has builders, doctors, dentists, and people working with the children. Yesterday, I’m excited to say, I was officially graduated from general kitchen help to tortilla-maker! This is a high compliment. I think the invitation to help make tortillas was a joke, but when I knew how, they put me in the lineup to help.

Today, I started out as a hairdresser, but then the doctors needed an interpreter. By the time I made it there – running a few errands between buildings – that position was filled. So I was the general problem solver for a while. This involved finding a private place for people to give urine samples, finding a way to label medications, figuring out the system of receiving patients (the system was set up by town leaders, but we didn’t know what it was until half way through the day!), and many other things.

As the day progressed, we realized that there was no system for giving out medications. Some doctors were stopping their work with patients to make up medication packets for people, others were grabbing someone to count and label pills, and others were using their translators to accomplish the task. By the end of the day, I had somehow become the team pharmacist – counting pills, mixing suspensions, labeling and giving instructions to the patients! I really enjoyed playing pharmacist, and tomorrow we will be much more organized to serve the people better. We’ve rearranged the small auditorium to facilitate moving patients through more efficiently.  If we can all get a good night’s sleep, we’ll be ready to face many more patients tomorrow!

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Marlene Hayes on June 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    just came across this website again…..somehow it got lost….but enjoyed reading about your life in Honduras…..interesting, always challenging, never boring!!! Looking forward to seeing you all in person again in a few weeks.

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