The final days were exhausting as well as exhilarating!
Our second site was so much different than El Paraiso. It was called Fundacion Sol Naciente, which translates into “The Rising Sun Foundation.” The type of population we saw here varied a little bit by their socioeconomic status, but had similar health conditions.
The rundown in the clinic was the same as El Paraiso. For example, the different stations included registration, vitals, consultation and pharmacy. We all rotated through each of the stations to gain a little out of everything. As we were getting to the end, things started getting a little crazy. More people wanted to be seen, but we kept reaching our limit for the day.
The workers at the Fundacion were trying to get their families and friends in for visits before other individuals in the community. There were times where we had to simply say no to a patient, although we wished we could do more.
However, in the end the community did appreciate our hard work. Many of the elderly gave us their blessings as they were leaving the clinic and acknowledged the great work that we were doing. When I heard them express their emotions, it made me realize that all the exhaustion, heat and long days of work were worth it for them.
Our last day at the Fundacion was Friday, and it was a half day. The second half of the day was spent shopping/touring Santo Domingo, which we ladies thoroughly enjoyed. Later that day, we went out for dinner at a nice restaurant by the ocean and had some authentic Dominican food, which was delicious. And of course, how could we leave the DR without taking part in their music and dances? We ended the night dancing to merengue, bachata and salsa … could you ask for more out of this trip? Certainly not … .