Apparently we had an earthquake today. It rated 5.8 on the richter scale. I didn’t feel it, but when we went to the school to tutor, the teacher told us that our kids were not there because they felt the earthquake and got really scared. Which is weird, because we live not even 1/4 mile away from the school. We were sitting on the porch when it happened and didn’t feel a thing! But when we came back home a few minutes later the ocean was super rough, and it had been really calm just minutes before. So weird.
Today we went to a clinic in a town called Oak Ridge. It was about a 40 minute drive from Sandy Bay. The clinic is in an old building that sits right on the water. The door literally opens out to a dock and you are standing right on the water. Some patients pulled up to the clinic IN A BOAT. The whole town really just looked like a poor man’s Venice. We only saw 4 patients there today, but I felt like the ones we saw really did need help. I saw a patient who had a tooth abscess and parasites. We actually had medication to treat her, so it was really nice to feel like we helped. We also saw a little boy with supraclavicular node enlargement. I really hope it was nothing, but obviously we couldn’t do anything about it there so we told him to come back to Clinica Esperanza and see the pediatrician there. I am just praying that it’s nothing.
We then came home and sat on the dock for a while. I couldn’t tutor today because of the earthquake. Then tonight we ate dinner with some girls from the church. They are teachers here in French Harbor. There are about 8-10 teachers total and they are all from America. They live in an apartment complex not too far from us. They made us breakfast burritos and fresh pineapple and we played Apples to Apples. It was super fun! And so nice to hang out with other people!!
Tomorrow I am going to another clinic site on a different part of the island. We have to take a boat to get there. We are going to clean a clinic and organize their medicine. I love going on these Outreaches because we get to see different parts of the island and help other clinics too!