November 19, 2013
Here you can read about the experiences of people who are either in Nicaragua at the moment or have been in Nicaragua and know the people, the place, and the church in our sister parish community.
Parishioner Sue Kellett is in Jinotega right now! She will be there for the next few weeks, joined by parishioner Kris McCullough. They will be e-mailing their progress, impressions, and such throughout their visit. Check back frequently to see what’s going on!
November 19, 2013
Has it really been almost a week since I’ve written? Time has flown since Kris arrived. We picked her up at the airport Thursday night and got here late. Then up at 6:00 to be at the hospital at 7:00 to meet the ortho surgeons from California who were operating. Kris was invited to observe at the hospital and she learned a lot about how things are done here. The surgeons said they use older techniques because they don’t have the technology here that we have in the US but they said they work quite well.
We spent the rest of the day getting Kris oriented to the city once again. We had time to just hang around town. We’ve met some North Americans who are making Jinotega their home. It’s the first time I’ve really seen them hanging around town. One person we talked to said she only has $657 of social security per month and she can live here without a car on that.
I visited the nursing home before Kris came. The picture is Lolo with his new shoes. He’s the one with both feet facing backward. He is so happy to finally be in a place where they take care of him. I also talked to Memo the alcoholic from the gutter that we put there for the second time maybe 6 months ago. He is so happy to be there he told me.
I’m going to jump over the weekend and continue with yesterday. We spent the weekend hanging with the locals. My friend Ranae came to town from her farm and she’s still with us. We found out our meeting in Managua with FMSC was postponed until next week. Sooo we have one more day to complete our work here. We were in the warehouse yesterday taking out some boxes of food to give to a rural pastor when Fr. Eliar entered and surprised us. He’s a difficult one to connect with. So we spent time looking at the current renovations of the church which began with the new roof which we helped with. So again St. Ed’s planted a seed. They have many youth groups of all ages as well as marriage encounters. He was very proud of the condition of the rooms and all the groups using them. They will continue to renovate and soon all the deferred maintenance will be repaired.
We were all invited to go to the hospital so Kris could have a tour of the maternity wards and the neonatal ward. The had to put on an addition to handle all the babies. They use to have 2-3 mothers with their babies in each bed but now they let them go home after 8 hours with a normal delivery if everything is OK so there are less. C-sections still stay 2 nights. We visited the Casa Materna that houses the women from the countryside with problems until they deliver. One 14 year old was having her 2nd. She was sexually abused by her father. He’s now in jail. We will try to help them with some food. Maybe some eggs and veggies. They only have rice and beans right now.
So this has gotten long… I’ll sign of and hopefully come again tomorrow