Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
We were at the hospital from before 8:00 am until after 4:30 pm with only a brief break for lunch. After this productive day, we took a much-needed hour and a half to ourselves before walking to a highly-recommended restaurant for dinner. We were joined by Dr. P’s Spanish teacher and Dr. White, a retired dean of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering. The food was delicious.
After dinner, we took salsa lessons from Elise. We are all professional dancers now. Sort of. Everyone should go watch Elise perform at Cafe con Leche on March 27th.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
After long, hard days of work followed by nightly activities and early mornings, Lora isn’t the only one who has been caught dosing off in a brief bit of down time.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The group passing time by playing UNO in the Nashville Airport. (I think Chris won.)
We are all now safe and sound here in the
The ladies on our late-night stroll around the Nazarene Center.
The men under the moon light.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
With spring break officially under way and excitement setting in, we are making final preparations for our trip. Last minute acquisitions have been made and the more forward thinking students might even be packed. We will be leaving Vanderbilt at 11:30 am on Sunday to catch our 1:00 pm flight; we will have a brief layover in Miami before continuing on to Guatemala City, where we will be working for the first half of the week.
Learning how to say "Thank you" and "excuse me" in the same class period as "infant incubator" and "electro-surgical unit."
We have spent this semester practicing our BME skills on various pieces of equipment and researching specific machines that we know we will be working on. In addition, we have been studying basic and engineering-relevant Spanish. All our work throughout the semester is about to culminate in an adventure down to one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Clean water? Air conditioning and heat? Toilet paper? Who needs it? Well, we are bringing our own toilet paper, but besides that, we are roughing it. All for the sake of Guatemalan citizens under the care of the National Hospital of Guatemala, the hospitals Hermano Pedro and San Juan de Dios.
We look forward to a wonderful cultural experience and local food, as well as an opportunity to hike a local volcano and see the surrounding country side. Our primary focus and overriding motivation, however, is the service learning aspect of our trip. In addition to repairing medical equipment, we will be spending time with young children in the Shalom Surgical Center and giving presentations on various subjects in our individual areas of expertise.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Here's a link to the blog for last year's Vanderbilt BME Service Learning in Guatemala trip: http://www.bme290f.blogspot.com/