We “ER” in a hospital!

I apologize for my terrible pun. Hopefully you understand where I’m coming from after reading this blog!

Today was our first day of practicals! We visited “La Hospital Médica TEC 100,” which is one of the private hospitals of Querétaro. Katie and I woke up early this morning, put on all of our white gear (scrubs, socks, shoes), slicked our hair back, and started walking towards our bus stop. Wearing our new uniforms, carrying our backpacks, and riding on the city bus, we felt a little like we were getting ready for our first day of school. Instead, we were really excited for our first day of work!

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The Med Tec Hospital was very modernized and slick, and in some ways was nicer than the hospitals we have in the US. We toured the building for most of the morning, seeing areas like the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Emergency Room, Cardiac Unit, Pediatric Floor, and Surgical Floor. While at the surgical floor our group “scrubbed in” to watch two different surgeries! We watched as surgeons inserted a probe into a laparoscopic incision in the patients’ belly buttons. This was to check on the patients’ internal organs in a minimally invasive way. We eventually had to leave and discard our surgical gear, but I have to say, we looked pretty intimidating.

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In the afternoon, we split up and were able to work in different units. Some went to the ICU, others went to the Neonatal ICU (NICU), and I went to the Emergency Room. Unfortunately, it was not the lively and buzzing room I typically envision. In fact, there was only one patient and it was very quiet! Even though it was not quite as I imagined, I enjoyed some quality time talking with the nurse on the unit. It was a great time to practice Spanish and also learn more about the nursing school here. Even though I didn’t get the chance to work very much in the hospital, I ended up enjoying just interacting with this nurse.

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I have had such an incredible time enjoying this beautiful place and the beautiful hearts of the people here. Yesterday I got the chance to talk to a friend of my host family about our churches and the importance of community. He encouraged and inspired me to keep pursuing a friend group that inspires me to love Jesus more. As I think about the family and friends God has given me, I am even more excited to realize that I now have family here all the way in Mexico. This is a really big world we live in, but God is not limited to a single place. He is working in the hearts of people everywhere, and his family extends beyond borders and oceans. Being in Mexico has given me a greater picture of the community of God, of all people and languages and places. I hope you are encouraged by this picture too!

Thanks for listening, that’s all for now 🙂

-Blair

 

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