Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 6&7 - Yesterday was a full day with home visits in Billy White Belize which is a small village. Many homes to not have running water or electricity. Unemployment is very high, it is hard to say what it is exactly. According to folks the government reports a different number than what the parties report. So it is anywhere between the high teen to high 20% if not more. I would be surprised if it is not higher. Many folks plant most of their food and have animals for butcher or buy animals from neighbors. This village is primarily spanish and little English. I was in trouble so let the nursing students practice their spanish.

Today we set up clinic early and soon had a very busy schedule. Many children and mothers today but we did have a few men come in as well. Some high diabetes - with blood sugars greater than 350 ( nothing that can be done ). Nursing students were able to do lots of teaching. Many children had head lice which was visual without having to search. All one had to do is look at their heads.

We had rain today but were quickly told that the rain will only make things feel hotter unlike at home. It is hard to imagine that it can be any hotter than it was today. I played soccer with a few boys this afternoon during lunch. I am not sure what I was thinking - playing soccer in the heat. After 15 minutes I was dying. " What was I thinking?"

Dinner today and Dance lessons this evening. Tomorrow is tubing down a river through caves, visiting a Maya cave and then Zip line - Play day.

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