Thursday, April 26, 2012

Was it something we ate? is now over and three out of the 6 of us are now almost fully functioning! Whatever it was that we caught, lots of water, rest, Gravol, Tylenol, and Imodium were close at hand. In any case, I was proud of the group as we forged on to our commitments of seeing children in the Jarden del Nino (Kindergarten) and the Escuela de Primaria (Primary Schools).

Last Monday, we also toured the hospital, met several of the hospital officials, and were shown where we would be setting up our makeshift dental hygiene clinic.

Today, we took advantage of the no-school day to visit the nearby town of La Pineta. More pictures to come later.

The five senoritas (Merlita, LeAndra, Katriana, Corina, Mitchell)-their new Mexican names

Wearing a blazer seemed out of place but it was 9am and it was cooler.

The waiting room of the Hospital General.

Meeting Dr. Ortega for the first time, translation provided by our host coordinator, Glades.

Inside the two-dental chair clinic and meeting Dr. Cristian.

After being shown a quick tour of the dental clinic and a long discussion of how oral health and health is viewed in Mexico, we took this group photo.

Both doctors showing us other parts of the hospital.

Just prior to entering the emergency ward, more discussion on the impact of culture, economy, and values on oral health and health of the Mexican people.

Back at the hotel in preparation for the school visits for the next two days.

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