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Gaspar, the Driver of the Black Tuk Tuk

5 April 2013 One afternoon in clinic I asked the supervising physician, a long-term foreign volunteer, to see my patient so that he could finally sign off on her and she could go home.  I urged him to hurry.  The … Continue reading

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Ins and Outs

14 Mar 2013 On the surgery rotation one of the medical students’ main duties and first orders of business of each day is to tally the ins and outs of their team’s patients.  The most important of these is urine … Continue reading

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Their Concern is Not Your Concern

12 Mar 2013 Concepción was a 5-month old girl whom I met on the second day of her hospital stay.  Her parents had brought her in because of trouble breathing and a cough.  When Alexis, our pediatrician, checked her oxygen … Continue reading

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Along the Southern Shore of Lake Atitlan

6 March 2013 I have left Xela, a place which has come to feel like home, for places and realms unknown.  For two months I’ll be in Santiago, a small town on the southern shore of a large caldera lake, … Continue reading

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Un Cuento de Dos Pueblos

28 Feb 2013 High in the mountains, where the air is brisk and cold, lie the two most faraway communities that we visit.  The Pop Wuj mobile clinic comes to Xeabaj and Pujujil once every two months.  Always one right … Continue reading

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Clinic- Don Agosto

13 Feb 2013 In the highlands of Guatemala people are fiercely protective of their traditions.  Despite the more affordable prices of modern apparel, women continue to wear traditional clothes. The views on the street are a dance of colour.  Corte … Continue reading

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Isaias Asks for an Answer

7 Feb 2013 When one of our doctors noticed that Isaías’ heart murmur had gotten stronger he became one of Pop Wuj’s chronic patients.  Because of his family’s limited means, for specialty cardiology care his mother Gloria was instructed to … Continue reading

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