Today we went to Elias Pena and provided care to about 180 people. Many of our patients were children and the elderly. Common ailments were viral colds (Gripe), hypertension, and skin infections. Most receive vitamins, analgesics, skin creams, and antihypertensive medications. As an NP there are conditions I have never seen in the US. One interesting situation was a young man, age 17, with a breast lump, Breast cancer in men is about 8% of all breast cancer in the US, I am not sure what the statitics are in the DR. He was referred to the clinic for further evaluation. It was also a privilege to care for pregnant women. Some of them have never heard there baby’s heart beat and to see the amazement and joy in there faces is truly a gift that words can’t describe!
It is also amazing to see how well everyone works together to accomplish patient care. The people are so patient while waiting to be seen, the Dominican interpretors are phenominal helpers-we couldn’t do the job without them (!), and the Solid Rock staff provide support as we served. Another great day in the Barrio!