It is so refreshing to get out of the CMU bubble. The weather here is amazing, the sunset is beautiful and the air is so clear. Two years ago, on my first brigade, we had come to this same compound in Nicaragua and here we are again, on my last brigade. Looking back, I remembered how excited on my first brigade and although it isn’t my first brigade anymore, I was still so excited to see where this brigade would take us, who we would meet, and how we would grow.
After a few presentations about the general logistics of a medical brigade, today we met Ines – the pharmacist who would be working with us on our brigade. Ines introduced us to the medications that we would be giving out and then instructed us to begin sorting and counting the medications. Once that was finished, we also created hygiene packs with the supplies that we collected ourselves. As we opened each of our suitcases that were filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and soap, it was exciting to see how many supplies we had collected in preparation for the trip. All of the time that each of us spent standing outside Rite Aid asking for donations was going towards something that we would all be able to see so soon.
After we finished packing all the medications that we needed, we had some free time to explore the compound and play some volleyball. I am really looking forward to the medical brigade tomorrow - working with the doctors, meeting the community members, and working as a team with the members of our own brigade.
-Tiffany Fu, Brigader