Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Last Day of Work!

It was another very sunny day! In the morning, we played some fun water balloon games with the people at the clinic. We all got wet to a degree, which was ok because it was hot outside. Christina took a bucket of water and poured it on our guide Luis! Hahaha! Today's morning snack was a sweet milk called ochenta I think? It was good--made of milk, water and sugar. They also had a pineapple-kiwi jelly that we tried, which was awesome! The staff gave a 5-minute speech about how much they appreciated us coming and they teared up--they were very sweet. That facility really is such a special place. Our morning patient was also named Maria--but a different Maria than yesterday. Her left leg was slightly longer than the other and had some deformities to it, so we did some exercises and stretches to straighten the left leg and the hand on her left side. I brought my colorful fine-tip markers, so everybody's notes were very fun! Lunch was delicious! We had some melt in your mouth fish with melted cheese and onions on top, mashed potatoes, and steamed veggies, with some combo of papaya juice. My group and I worked with Alejandra and Chirle in the afternoon. Alejandra had no functional muscles in the left arm, so we massaged the arm and hand to stimulate them and then did exercises and stretches to attempt to get some mobility in the arm. Chirle had more attention issues than anything else, so we had to do exercises with her that had multiple steps and involved concentration. After work we stopped at a market so we could get some coffee and jelly for gifts back home. For dinner we went to a really fancy restaurant called Beso. We sat in the outdoors area where there was a pretty curtained canopy. It was an Italian restaurant, so I got a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon and some bruschetta--both were so good!!! I also tried Rachel's calamari and Tessa's ceviche--both were surprisingly good! I don't like cilantro that much, so Tessa tried to give me a piece of fish without the cilantro. Today was all about trying new foods! We went to bed early because we had to get up at 6am the next day for our rec day!!

That's me in the long black dress!

Group #4, Taylor and I. :)

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