We are here! It was a shock to the system transitioning from exams to San Pancho life. For the first time in months my blood pressure is within the normal range. Perhaps I should stay here for my health!
In all seriousness, I feel that we have been welcomed here with open arms. I am so grateful for those before us who have left such a legacy in this town.
Adjusting to the accommodations and food has been easy. Both are amazing and have exceeded my expectations. Adjusting to Mexico time has probably been my biggest challenge so far. Back in Canada we are focused on having class and clinic start right on time and I found myself pushing for that here. After having a quick chat with Ada I learned that it is important to adjust to the San Pancho way of doing things. Mexico time it is!
Our first week in the hospital was eye opening. Most of the people have dental coverage but the dentist has such limited supplies she mainly does extractions. Many of the clients we have seen have never had dental hygiene treatment. I have found everyone so trusting and appreciative. One of my favorite moments so far was when I handed my client the mirror after finishing debridement for the day. His smile said it all.
Hope all is well back home!