By Jean Bedell
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Today is Ash Wednesday. Traditionally folks sacrifice or give up something for the 40 days of Lent. Is it chocolate? Cervesa? Cigars? Complaining about the cold weather? Or nothing this year? Actually, here’s the scoop. Yesterday was Mardi Gras. A party-group spent the evening together hosted by one of our team. They toasted all of us and declared we were absolved of all our sins!

Here’s a new cause/location for a problem. Jeanne reports a young man was in a water skiing accident at Lake Tahoe. He fell. His ear began to bleed. Now he has no hearing in that ear.

The newest truism is “Descubrimos el hilo negro.” (We have just discovered the black thread). It means opportunities or knowledge have always been in plain sight, but we have not noticed them before. Val made a house call on 72yo Rosita. She was curled up in a fetal position with end-stage rheumatoid arthritis. No one had provided any pain relief meds for her or attended to extensive open bed sores. A return visit the next day found Rosita looking better, and possibly trying to get up.

There is a budding romance at the hospital. 10yo Juan has his heart set on Amber, a surgical tech. He has presented her with a flower and other sweet attentions. Is it just by coincidence that Funeral Estrella is across the street from the hospital? No, not here…it is convenient when needed.

Peds has seen some adults to ease the glut of patients for Adult Medicine. The problem for 39yo Pedro was an itching ear. He had tried many cures without relief and thought it might be due to a clogged nose. “And with what have you been irrigating your nose?” “Orina.” “Orina?” “Yes” “Urine?????” “Yes” Suggested treatment: stop the nose irrigation. We don’t know who provided the irrigation solution. “Oh yes, and don’t use it on your ear, either.”

Folks to thank: Amanda Rendon has arranged for host families for years. She maintains a list of 30 families who might be available. This year several families either have moved or are out of town. 19 families are taking care of us. MUCHAS GRACIAS.
Andres Rodriquez arranges for all the translators both in clinic and hospital. This year there are about 40 translators. The concept of volunteerism is less here than in Colorado. Some of these volunteers are able to work with us part time…some for most of the week. MUCHAS GRACIAS
All the host families and translators (plus students and nurses) will be invited to the Friday Fiesta.

Surgery report from Rod includes a 6yo twin girl with an extra toe that was removed. Next year her sister will come for the same procedure. And 5yo Luisa had scar revisions of her left arm from a burn. She was “so brave”, wanted to hop off the table and leave as she awoke. That was a bit too soon to go.

The stats were unbelievably high till I discovered they included distribution of batteries. Even so, in the first three days, Medicine=286, Pediatrics=174, GYN=82, Language=48, Audiology=166,
PT=130, Surgeries=153. We try not to focus on stats…but look with pleasure at the persons served.

Again, Muchas Gracias a todo para su informacion. Hasta Manana…………………Jean Bedell

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