Lima on my Mind

Trip Start May 11, 2013
Trip End May 25, 2013

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day two here in Peru, and I have successfully gone this long without showering. Hope to make it all week without having to take a shower that gives me hypothermia. No one has complained about my smell yet so everythings good so far in that area.

It was the first day of the clinic, and we saw about 150 patients today. And when you see that many patients, you get to see some of the craziest people. One woman came in today because her arm fell asleep, while another 15 year old wanted some vitamins to make him grow taller and stronger (I am right there with ya, Pablo). Every once in a while, though, a woman with her intestines in her chest will stroll in and I will be able to hear her bowel movements next to her heart with a stethoscope. Good stuff.

The whole team got to do a lot today, we will be rotating through different stations like the pharmacy, triage, working with doctors and dentists, and entertaining kids while they are waiting for treatments. Today I got to work with Doctor Angel and do triage, so I took a lot of temperatures and blood pressures. And learned a ton of stuff from Angel. He would see his patients then ask me what he thinks I should do to treat them. Most of the time he would not take my advice (actually he never took my advice) but I felt warm and fuzzy when he included me! I really liked all the doctor patient stuff, its even making me rethink a career path a little bit...

Whenever I got a break, I would spend it outside with the kids and showed them all my magic tricks. By the end of the day, I was known to the children of Peru as Seņor Majia (Mr. Magic). Kids I had never seen before would come running up to me asking for majia, majia! What can I say? I am a crowd pleaser.

After our clinical hours and nightly devo with the local Peruvians, Brittany, Jacob, Katherine and I went with Jacobo to try a local delicasy: cow heart. It was known as anticucho, and it was DELICIOUS. If I had not known I was eating the beating heart of a heifer, I would have thought it was... some other part of that heifer. Point is, it was good. We were also able to try some cow stomach and intestines. Rachi is the third stomach of the cow, and that was also pretty good. Second stomach and intestines tasted just how you would think they should. Really bad.

Jam-packed day today and plently more coming this week. Stay tuned for more Lima adventures yall!
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