In the morning, I was assigned to the pharmacy - my favorite station. Prescriptions flooded in like crazy. Everyone dashed around our pharmacy room, putting together bags filled with prescribed medicines. Our pharmacist, Dr. Pacheco, checked that we had the right medications before giving the patients their prescriptions. His tireless enthusiasm kept us all in high spirits.
In the afternoon, Aashir, Donna and I shadowed Dr. Ruth. She was amazing. Not only did she take the time to address each and every patient's concerns, she taught us how she reached each diagnosis. We were given the chance to listen to healthy and asthmatic lungs, to differentiate between upper and lower urinary tract infections, to examine the effect of viral infections on tonsils, and so much more.
We had been expecting to see roughly 400 people from several nearby communities over the course of three days, but we saw 350 people today alone. Everyone, from our GMB group to the GMB staff to the local doctors, worked extremely hard to make sure every last patient who traveled to the clinic was seen. Some students and doctors even worked through their lunch breaks!
In the end, we donated all the medicines and medical supplies left over to the local clinic. We actually had to rush back to the compound in order to pack and make it to the airport. By nighttime, we were already flying back to Houston, Texas. All of us wondered how we were to survive the next day of normal, college classes after this awesome and eye-opening experience.