Today was a day to remember. I woke up in Iquitos and packed up my bags for our journey into the Amazon. We boarded a boat and set sail down the river. It honestly felt like we were in another world. The river is so vast and it was fascinating to see people fishing on small wooden boats around us. The fresh air and cool breeze that accompanied the boat ride felt nice after all the hot and humid weather, until it started pouring rain! Everyone was soaked, but it cleared up pretty quickly and by the time we arrived at our resort it turned out to be a beautiful day. Boarding the boat again after setting our suitcases in our rooms, we set up clinic. Each area of the boat had a different station or healthcare area. Pulling up to the village was very eye opening. Everyone was waiting at the edge of the river and started filing onto the boat to be seen. Even a dog got onto the boat! I worked in general medicine today and the best thing about it was the smile of this little girl. It was like she had never seen a doctor before and was so happy to have met me. After we finished seeing patients, we were able to get off of the boat and walk around the village. The small village of only a few huts was surrounded by a thick wall of forest. Some of the little boys were playing soccer so we joined in on the game! The little kids were so thrilled to be running through puddles of mud to just score a goal. This afternoon was a very humbling experience and I am grateful to have been able to provide these people with help that they do not normally have access to. When we returned to the resort, we jumped into the pool to cool off and enjoyed dinner. Afterwards the entire group stayed in the main lodge and we played Euchre.
A Day to Remember – Marvin