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The Blessing of Accessible Healthcare in America

I’ve been in Guatemala this week with my wife on a medical mission trip. She is a nurse making her ninth trip. I started coming a few years ago. I wash dishes, help the cooks and run errands for the medical team.

One of the outcomes of making this trip is to reinforce the blessing of accessible healthcare we experience in America. I’ve seen cases every day here that wouldn’t occur. Here’s an example:

General surgeon Pete Holliman repaired a large hernia a 57-year-old man had endured for almost 20 years.

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Final Day in Guatemala

This is the decompress day on our trip. The surgeries are complete. The team completed 90 cases. We feel blessed.

We were speculating last night on what the cost of those 90 surgeries would be in America. We arrived at an average of about $10,000 a case. Which would mean that the services provided to the Guatemalans were approaching $1 million.

Another of our surgeons reminded us that would be the pure cost of the surgeries.

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Medical Team in Guatemala Exemplifies Teamwork

Serving on this mission in Guatemala reinforces many of the things that make teams perform at high levels.

There are 34 people on the team. Eight of us aren’t graced with medical skills or training. Twenty-six are. Those 26 will man four operating rooms, making sure patients are ready for surgery, experience the surgery and are cared for after the surgery until they can be released to go home.

Most of the patients are sicker than we in America would be allowed to get before surgery took place.

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Guatemala: Final Day of Surgery

We are in our last day of surgery in Guatemala.

It’s fun to watch a team come together. As we gather on Saturday, the opening hours are a bit awkward as people assess what’s up. On our team, 16 of 34 had worked together before. The rest of the folks were new.

So, the task is for the veterans to pull the new folks into the team and get ready to perform massive rounds of medical care.

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Skilled Medical Workers in Guatemala

I have accompanied my wife on a medical mission trip this week to Antigua, Guatemala. She is on a surgery team that will perform over 90 surgeries for poor people this week. I run errands for the team and wash the breakfast dishes.

Most kids go to school here but do not have much opportunity for higher education. At the hospital we serve, all the medical service staff is home trained. There aren’t many nursing,

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Guatemala: Day 1 of Surgery

Day 1 of surgery is complete with 30 people helped. The surgeries started without a hitch at 8 a.m. and the day went well.

The medical team reports the operating rooms well equipped with aged equipment. So, there’s a little stepping back and adjusting.

The surgeries are done at the Obras Sociales. It is a block wide and long complex anchored by a sanctuary but full of facilities designed to take care of the poor.

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Mission Trip to Guatemala

We are in Guatemala for a medical mission.

This is my third trip. It is my wife Jenny’s eighth.

There are 34 members on our team. The states of Tennessee, Texas, California and Florida are represented. In addition to Jenny and me, Jillian Ehrhardt and Maggie Holland have joined us from Bartow, FL.

This is Jillian’s third trip. Her first as an RN. She came as a student nurse three years ago.

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An Acrostic for Leading a Balanced Lifestyle

I have a friend Sheryl Chernault who is writing a curriculum for a hospital system designed to teach young people about a “balanced” lifestyle. She is using the acrostic CREATION©.

Choice – Recognizing how choices we make impact the kind of life we live.

Rest – Acknowledging the importance of adequate rest in achieving health.

Environment – Acknowledging how the creation of improved environments contributes to quality of life.

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Sunbelt Sponsors Weight Loss Challenge

Our treated wood location, Sunbelt Forest Products, is sponsoring a health challenge.

Beginning Wednesday, they have invited all employees in their Bartow location to compete in an 8-week weight loss contest. They will weigh in every two weeks. The measurement is total percentage of weight lost. Thus, if you weigh 200 pounds and lose 10 pounds, you lost 5%. Highest percentage wins.

In announcing this program, General Manager Ken Delle Donne noted that our intranet offers lots of guidance on competing in a weight loss program.

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