Thursday, March 9, 2017
Privilege and Perspective
Each day has been incredible, but today was by far the best. I had the privilege of spending the morning with Dr. Eric in the pharmacy which allowed for me to further learn about medications, especially the different forms of insulin replacement therapies. In addition to pharmacy, I was able to play with all the kids, help educate them about proper dental hygiene, and simply hold babies. Something about holding a child puts all of life’s problems into perspective, especially in Guatemala; the mothers are so trusting and willing here. Then, in the afternoon, I was afforded the opportunity to shadow Dr. Richard. Shadowing Dr. Richard was certainly a treat due to his love for education and wealth of knowledge. He is able to spout of information about cholesterol, thyroids, vascularization, etc. without even having to stop and think. While I did greatly enjoy learning about Statin medications, the best and worst part of my day occurred during an interaction with a client. On Monday, I had met a girl only a few months younger than me who loved Twenty-One Pilots, Fergie, and Coldplay, so naturally we rocked out to Fergie. However, on Wednesday I learned that the same girl was faced with many life difficulties and was having physical symptoms because of it. It was a hard pill to swallow that I hadn’t seen it on Monday, but it was a reminder that so many people have things going on that others know nothing about.