Tuesday, December 4, 2012

El Salvador Day 2A

First Day in Action!

Our first day in action with PINCC sped by! Severe traffic delayed our

start which added to the frenzy. We worked at a Pro Vida clinic in Nejapa,
where women had already been screened for the services offered today.
There was an entire courtyard of women waiting when we arrived! Work
stations were established, rooms were stocked, paperwork was stacked and
patients were seen.

The role of PINCC on this trip is to monitor the nurses and doctors that
are serving as teachers to the students who are learning the procedures
and guide them in assuming their full roles as educators. That means that
many sets of eyes are looking at that patient while in a most delicate
position. Yet always the needs of the patients are prioritized. There is
someone ever-ready to hold someone's hand. There is both uncertainty and
fear in the eyes of many of the women awaiting treatment and all efforts
are made to help them relax and know that those procedures are taking care
of an issue that could otherwise turn into a more serious condition.

In all 54 women were seen today and thankfully that means 54 women have a
chance at a better and healthier life. PINCC in action!

Ruthann Marquis, Portland OR

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