Patients are the same no matter the location. by Reema Khalaf

On February of this year, I went to Guatemala for Faith and Practice medical mission. This is my second year doing medical mission, but still learned incredible lessons from the experience. I learned how to give unconditionally, how to appreciate things that we take for granted. I learned how the Guatemalan don’t have much but still happy and joyful.  

FIP558 February 8, 2018 (44)_previewOne of the main things I’ve learned from these trips is that patients are the same no matter the location. They typically have the same conditions, the same concerns, and the same fears when it comes to health. Whenever I’m able to see patients in a different setting, it helps to remind me that we are so lucky to have the resources we can access in the U.S. 

Being on a mission trip is a time of pure joy. We come together as a group to serve those in need and become a family with the people whom we are serving. Also, we end up receiving so much more from the people we serve. They teach us true joy and how to love. Their impact stays with us for the rest of our lives.

Each and every one of us should experience mission trips, there are needs everywhere.  By doing this type of medical mission, we give the Guatemalan Hope. Hope to live normal life without pain and suffering.

This year, I was part of the GYN team. We did 7 cases of hysterectomy, 2 cases of D&C, 3 cases of Ovarian cystectomy. We ended the trip by visiting a day care center next to the clinic and spend some time with the kids in the center. We brought some gifts and toys, and the kids sang to us.

I am very proud with the team I work with, they volunteer their time at their own expense to help others less fortunate.

Thanks for One Nurse at a time to give me the opportunity to be part of the medical mission.