Jeff here tonight. And to our new joiners, mucho gusto.
It was another awesome day in Nicaragua today as we set up shop at a grade school in Guancastio. And once again we served more than 30 patients. We also lost 5-1 in a soccer game against 50 or so students, but the score was hardly the thing.
At night, we headed out with Louis, Dr. Cerrato and the rest of the ISL staffers for a bus tour of Managua and finished up with a stop at the mall for dinner in the food court. And yes, some, including Catherine, ate McDonald’s.
Back at Hotel El Raizon, reflection was short but meaningful as we shared some highlights of the ASB experience as our week, rapidly, comes to a close.
Our team has become a well-oiled medical machine over the last seven days and I realized today many of you haven’t met all of our players.
As a quick fix, here’s a few ‘did you knows’ about everyone here and what we’ve been loving about our adventure with 48 hours to go.
Aleshia Denny, 3rd Year, Honours Health Science (Spec. in Rural Health)
Highlights: giving my first needle, learning how to suture on chicken (we named our Frankenchicken), interacting with Nicaraguans of all ages in rural settings, putting smiles on peoples faces
Liz Montgomery, 3rd Year, Honours Spec. Microbiology and Immunology
Highlights: stitching a chicken, stabbing Yuri, giving a tetanus shot in the community, seeing the woman with AIDS we treated in the clinic in the hospital the next day following our team’s diagnosis
Brynn Milenkoff, 4th Year, Honours Health Science
Highlights: Vitamin B12 injections, zip-lining Superman-style, stitching chickens, solving interesting cases at the clinic
Sabrina Thomson, 3rd Year, Bachelors of Science (Nursing)
Highlights: I had an awesome time zip-lining (especially going upside down), giving Vitamin B12 shots on each other (and getting one in each arm), connecting with the ISL organizers and staff
Aaren Grigg, 3rd Year, Honours Spec. Medical Science
Highlights: enjoyed interacting with people in the community, giving a tetanus shot to a man named Julio, giving high fives to children at the public school, waking up at 6 a.m. to the rooster
Wilfrid Chan (“Slick Willy”), 3rd Year, Medical Science, Honours Spec. Pharmacology and Toxicology
Highlights: meeting people from all walks of life, playing with the animals at the hotel, giving a tetanus shot, taking blood pressure
Lauren Mayo, 1st Year, Social Science
Highlights: playing paper, rock, scissors with laughing kids, seeing a patient I treated in the community seek medical help at the hospital the next day, zip-lining upside down
Yuri Koumpan, 2nd Year, Health Sciences
Highlights: giving shots, checking blood pressure, practicing suturing, zip-lining, early morning adventures through Nicaraguan “outback”
Vivek John, 1st Year, Medical Science
Highlights: rushing through the canopy at break-neck speeds, suturing a chicken breast and injecting Jeff with vitamins and having neither patient complain, walking on paths around the hotel, exploring the Nicaraguan countryside from the base of a volcano to a Nicaraguan neighbourhood, meeting great people along the way
Carly Stoneman, 2nd Year, Medical Sciences
Highlights: giving my first tetanus shot, talking to Nicaraguans and listening to all of their stories, being outside all day
Alex Lim, 3rd Year, Cell Biology/Developmental Biology
Highlights: zip-lining, 24/7 fresh air, formulating diagnoses, meeting/talking to the nice/friendly Nicaraguans
Erin Low, 3rd Year, Nursing
Highlights: conquering my fear of heights with zip-lining, being able to further my skills and provide care to those who might not otherwise get it
Ryan Rawski, Completed 3rd Year Medical Sciences, currently interning with Glaxos Smith Kline
Highlights: Lectures by Dr. Cerrato, the first day when we finally learned just how hands-on this experience was, early morning runs, playing soccer with school children
Janina Mailloux, 2nd Year, Honours Spec. Medical Sciences
Highlights: zip-lining, learning how to suture, giving each other needles, meeting the local children at the clinic
Sara Densmore, 3rd Year, Kinesiology and Religious Studies
Highlights: adventures (zip-lining, long walks), interaction with the patients, the medical stuff we learn, gaining knowledge, getting to practice sutures and injections
Matt Quinn, 3rd Year, Medical Physics
Highlights: going door to door and meeting Nicaraguan families, playing soccer with school children, taking a double dose of Vitamin B12
Catherine Mulvihill, Coordinator, Student Engagement Programs, Centre for New Students
Highlights: taking vitals, practicing administering shots on each other, learning about Nicaraguan history and politics
Jeff Renaud, Senior Media Relations Officer, Communications & Public Affairs
Highlights: making friends from Nicaragua and Canada, solving cases with Dr. Cerrato, reflection, drinking some of the best coffee on the planet, bringing the manzanas