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Day 7: COSTA RICA MISSION

August 24, 2017
Posted by: Duane Belanger

Final day of Clinic

They team awoke to an uncharacteristically cool morning today and arrived at the FIMRC clinic after a short ride well before 9am.   This was a bitter sweet morning as everyone realized that this will be the last time we will see our clinic hosts, patients, and children at the orphanage.   Many of the volunteers have gotten close to their new friends in Costa Rica and saying goodbye will be difficult.   The team gathered around the clinic table as they were issued their assignments for the day.   Many of the volunteers came prepared with games for the children of the orphanage, having been given a heads-up the day before that this would be their assignment this day.

Several of the volunteers departed for the orphanage and spend the morning removing more lice on the children.  Afterward, they proceeded to enjoy a final day teaching and interacting with the children.  The remaining team at the clinic were divided into the usual teams: pharmacy, exam room and registration.   During the morning, the team registered, collected vitals, assisted in the exam room and filled prescriptions ordered by the physician.   They saw 15 patients with family members in the clinic during the morning.

In the afternoon, the team was separated into four groups: pharmacy, supply inventory, dance therapy and the orphanage.   Those working in the pharmacy inventoried and reconciled the items in the pharmacy and two volunteers continued the task of inventorying the supplies carried from Fort Kent.    Several volunteers provided dance therapy to the group of disabled young adults the entire team visited the day before.

The team has left its mark on the clinic with the staff commending the efforts of the volunteers as the most professional and compassionate group of volunteers in some time.   The team will miss the smiles of the children, the high-fives of the disabled young adults and the cultivating support of the staff.  The team leaves knowing that they have left the clinic well stocked with supplies and many on the team are eager for their next trip!