This morning we opened the clinic in San Juan de Oriente. We arrived around 7:30 to set up the pharmacy and medical equipment in the relatively small Christian church before treating patients. Just like in La Concha, there was a long line of people already patiently waiting for our arrival. Fungal infections, UTIs, and allergies were the most common reasons for seeking help from us today.
Today was the first day this woman had sought professional medical help for the problem. For over a year, she had fought through the pain of the severe staph infection, hoping her body would heal itself. When Dr. Cerrato arrived, he told us we needed to tell her to go to the hospital or a health center immediately to seek a stronger antibiotic than what we had available to give to her. In the mean time, we were able to prescribe the strongest antibiotic we have in our clinic as well as a painkiller. I’ve been reminded several times in the past week I’ve taken my health and the resources I have available to me for granted. Today was certainly no exception. The majority of us never think twice about our easy access to healthcare professionals or medication.
We closed up the clinic early (around 3) because today marked the first day of the ceramics fair the city is hosting this weekend. We were able to walk around and see more of the exquisite pieces displayed on tables along the city’s main road. Several of the families expressed their gratitude for our arrival and offered us good prices for their handcrafted pieces. Tonight we are traveling into Managua to eat together at a Mexican restaurant. We are all quite interested in tasting Nicaragua’s interpretation of Mexican food!