In early November, I did my first Medical Mission. I served as a translator for the ILAC Hernia Surgery Mission. It was an absolutely amazing experience - I helped with pre-op, post-op, and even in the surgery room! I would translate patient histories, describe care instructions to the patients and their families, and even translate during surgeries, since many were performed under only local anesthesia. These doctors that came were so selfless, and the difference they made in so many people's lives here in the DR by providing free surgeries is overwhelming. They performed over 100 surgeries, and afterwards, they invited us translators to go to the beach for 2 nights! We headed up to Puerto Plata to a fun resort, which was a much needed break for me.
|I look pretty good in scrubs!|
|Translators and med students|
|The gorgeous pool!|
|Kati, Jeff, and I|
|Some of my favorites|
|At the concert with friends|
|My first Pilgrimage in Pedro Santana|
|The insane table spread of Christmas Eve dinner.|
That takes us to my last major travel event of 2012, New Years Eve, We headed up to Cabarete, a really nice beach on the North Coast of the island for a 4 night stay. It was so relaxing, and tons of fun. We spent a good amount of time playing on the beach and had quite the New Years celebration. I would love to go back and spend more time on that beach - maybe if I get some visitors?
|Love my friends!|
So that about sums up my 2012 travels. I am sure 2013 will have plenty more travels to come!