Today was a very busy but good day. We arrived at the NMGH clinic in the morning at 8:00 am and I didn’t finish seeing patients until 11:00 pm. I had the pleasure of seeing two families at the NMGH clinic today, one of which had a blood glucose reading of 400+. This was with medical intervention over the last 20 years. We used our naturopathic medical knowledge to treat the whole person. We used quercetin and vitamin C as a aldose reductase inhibitor, bereberine as a ampk/mtor modulator, and bitter mellon as an SU along with prescribing a new diabetic medical and simple life stye changes. We, of course, will be following up with this woman in the weeks to come. After a 5 hour clinic shift we escaped for a much needed lunch.
After lunch we did home visits. We were only scheduled to see two patients. This turned into 6 as we arrived at our patients house and saw the need to see the father, grandmother, and the children. Most of the patients my team saw today where type two diabetic for 10+ years. We were modulating treatment plans and added up by ways to reduce blood glucose levels. I saw 2 patients that went blind by diabetes today, a child with a rash (rx homeopathy), and abdominal parasites.
Speaking of house visits, I should just say this. When you walk into someones house who has a dirt floor, chickens running around, no running water, and who lives off of $2.00 a day, you stop and think how lucky you are. These people are so nice and loving that you instantly fall in love with the Guatemalan people. It also helps that they have the cutest children alive.
After our visit to our patient’s houses, we went to treat true local heroes — the fire fighters and EMT’s of Pana. This was a physical medicine shift were there was easily 30 patients under my care. We preformed adjustments, massages, acupuncture, and NMT for these patients, all of who felt relief. So many smiles and warm hand shakes that I hadn’t realized that I forgot to eat dinner until it got to be 11:00 pm.
My feet are aching, my mouth is dry and my heart is full. We really made some huge differences today and I hope the students of mine will see this, too.
Well I am off to bed to start this whole thing over tomorrow. Off to Santa Catolina tomorrow, a place I haven’t been in three years. Wish us luck. Good night.
p.s. Please excuse the spelling grammar as I am writing this late at night.