For those of you who this reaches, thank you for reading. I know you may be wondering why we are still writing as we’ve now officially been home from Mexico for two days, but we indeed finished up our “class” today. This morning, joined by family and friends, we were able to present some information on the differences in health care and the hospitals between Mexico and the United States. We all knew what, in general, each other’s presentations covered, but it was interesting to hear more in depth the explanations and points made on the different topics. Blair went first, presenting on the differences between nursing schools in the U.S. versus Mexico. Next, Katie talked about the differences in labor & delivery, the nursery, and the neonatal intensive care unit while I talked about differences in pediatrics. Becky followed, comparing and contrasting private and public hospitals in Mexico, and Brittany finished up with the roles of the different professionals in the health care system between the U.S. and Mexico.
After the presentations, we all went our separate ways. I was able to eat lunch with Katie and her family along Lake Macatawa, at a nice restaurant named Boatwerks. Since coming back from Mexico, I have noticed a few differences, and realized more the things that I missed. I will make a list:
- At lunch, we ate out on the patio overlooking the lake. I think I’d always taken for granted sitting outside in peace, without people coming up to beg at your table. In Mexico it was very common to be asked multiple times throughout the course of your meal if you would like to donate money, buy a bracelet, a small doll, or something of the sorts.
- The driving in Mexico is crazy. People weave in and out, left and right, and there are quick transitions between laying it down on the gas and slamming on the brakes. It is also uncommon to see much greenery in Mexico, unless traveling across mountainsides to different cities, so today while riding in the passenger seat, I soaked up the smooth sailing and all-encompassing foliage.
- I really missed dogs. Especially ones that are wet and shaggy and covered in sand.
- High up there on the list as well is water. I missed being able to shower with your mouth open, brush my teeth with the tap water, and most importantly, swim in and ingest the beauty of Lake Michigan (and not worry if you swallow a big gulp of water), be this by simply floating around, playing frisbee or catch, or bopping around a volleyball.
- Last but not least, I really must miss the Mexican food. I don’t think it really got old for me while I was down south, as I was able to eat a variety of foods. So, of course, I found myself enjoying some nice Enchiladas Suizas with some good company at On The Border for dinner.
I even found some (fake) succulents!
It was truly a blessing being able to spend the three weeks we did down in Querétaro. As Katie mentioned, there is so much to take back and incorporate, culturally, into your life at home. It was great to spend some quality time with some people I missed the past month, focusing more on each other that the upcoming obligations we have. I learned a lot, about the culture and the different aspects of traditional medicine or the health care system, but also about myself. I also was so blessed to meet so many wonderful and impactful people in my time in Mexico. My eyes were opened to the workings of God in my surroundings, as well, and in the people I had the privilege of meeting.
It’s been fun fellow readers. Thanks for following along. I’d also like to thank you for bearing with us through all of the puns, long descriptions, laughs, and wonderful pictures, and I hope you enjoyed hearing about our experiences while we were away. May I leave you now with this plaque I encountered while winding down tonight, because it pointed my eyes back to God and emphasized just how beautiful life is.
May we treasure life’s every moment, and be thankful for every morning God grants us to live and breathe through another day.
So long for now, my friends.