Hasta Luego Granada
Jun16

Hasta Luego Granada

Returning from Nicaragua was much more difficult than I had anticipated. I had just began to get used to the heat, the food and using Spanish more than English. Above all, I felt like I had not spent enough time in the clinic. It almost seemed unfair to go down to Nicaragua, recognize the necessities that the country has, help for a few weeks and then disappear. I know that there is so much more that I could have done to help if I...

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Gaining A Bit of Perspective
Jun16

Gaining A Bit of Perspective

Nothing compares to field experience. You can spend months in a classroom studying something but until you see it out in the real world your perception of it is never quite true. You need to see it in relationship to the other things in its environment and then you can form new questions based on those interactions. For example, this is a Xestospongia muta sponge. It is one of many sponges that I am responsible for identifying while...

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Familia Nica
Jun09

Familia Nica

The experience that I have had while being in Nicaragua has been the experience of a life time. Working in the clinic, we were able to shadow the doctors, take blood pressure and other measurements, count pills for the pharmacy, measure glucose levels and administer insulin shots. Along the way we got to know all of the kids and families that were visiting the clinic and hear their stories. The fantastic part was that the care...

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See you soon Nicaragua
Jun07

See you soon Nicaragua

I came home from Nicaragua on Sunday. Since then I’ve felt a little odd. My trip went by too fast in some aspects while in other aspects I was ready to go home. I learned so much in regards to Spanish, medicine, and just in general. Granada is a beautiful place and it was more than I expected. I think this trip was eye opening. There isn’t any air conditioning as it is too expensive and most families make only 66$ each...

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Back State Side
Jun07

Back State Side

Now that I am back in the states, I can truly reflect on the brief, yet impactful trip that was the UH Clinical Experience in Nicaragua. My last day in the clinic was Friday June 2, and I was sad to see it come and go. I have learned so much from these patients, not only medically related, but things that have changed my perspective on my own journey thus far. I have always had an appreciation for the luxuries of my life, but this...

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Hola from Granada, Nica
Jun02

Hola from Granada, Nica

First things first, the weather here is incredibly hot. From sunrise to sundown I am covered in sweat. This wasn’t necessarily what I expected but I’m taking it in stride. The first week of my trip has flown by and I’ve had so much fun. In the mornings, I am in the clinic from 7:15-12:30 and in the afternoons I am either on an excursion or in Spanish class. The clinic is interesting and is a lot more hands on then in...

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