Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Urubamba: day 2

Another long day at work! My sunburn still looks horrible but it doesn't hurt very much right now. I decided I needed to figure out how to cook the white line on my head after the fourth or fifth batch of locals ( and my father in law were laughing at my burn. One very cute little boy came up to me and said something in Spanish that I didn't understand. When the translator came to interpret she said "he says that your head is purple". I had to laugh a little becaus he was not the first local to say that. Too funny. I did figure out a method that is starting to even out the color on my head a bit but it is too hard to explain without a picture. Today I worked in oral hygiene information. We would teach the kids how to properly brush and floss, hand out toothbrushes and toothpaste to everyone who came through and put fluoride on kiddos teeth before they got treated. It was awesome and I really enjoyed myself. There were some down moments where I would wander and do some other jobs too. I held this sweet little kethchewin (again I don't know how to spell it and cant really look it upright now) baby while her mom was getting work done on her teeth. This baby girl was the sweetest thing but broke my heart a little bit. She, like many of the babies that have come through so far, didn't have a diaper on and smelled like you would expect a baby with no diaper to smell like. Unlike many of the other babies, I don't know if this girl has ever had a bath in her life. The American woman who lives here full time and who has been helping us suggested that maybe we could was this little girls hair. I told her that I would be all for that. She asked her mom if that would be alright and she gave her permission. It was a bit of a battle, but we rounded up some soap and washed and braided her hair. She looked so beautiful and it made such s difference! Probably the most memorable thing that I did today happened was while I was assisting Justin again. HE LET ME EXTRACT A TOOTH!!!! It was awesome and I felt very cool. Immediately after that he was working on the same man and the next tooth he did was unbelievable. I feel so badly for that poor man because he seriously went through hell and back today. His tooth was so hard to get out. It kept crumbling and everything Justin go t a hold of it it would budge at all. Finally what ended up happening was I was assisting While Justin and his dad both tried to get this thing out. This poor man was in so much pain and I just kept praying that his tooth would come out soon. They ended up opening up his gums completely and when they finally got the tooth out it was clear why it didn't want to move. The root on this thing looked like a crab claw and was giant! Brian even took it out to show it to all of the dental students so they would be able to see it. We were smarter about a ride home today and sent someone to get a large taxi. We shoved the 25 of us into a van that should fit 18 and drove back to the hotel. Dinner was at a pizza joint and was so so so yummy!!!! We walked around down town a bit and called it a night. A memorable moment today was walking to the "bus" at the end of the day and seeing a plaque on the wall that says the school was built by the church of jesus Christ of latter day saints, otherwise known as the mormons. Sooo cool, our church built the school we are working in! Something I am grateful for in my regular life ... Diapers!

4 comments:

Fred ... said...

What a great experience for you work side by side with your husband. I hope that man feels better now that the tooth is out.

Lisa said...

What amazing experiences you are having from assisting Justin to washing and braiding a young girls hair. I love you!

Lowdogg said...

These are great stories.

Peter and Mandy said...

This sounds like a great experience. Really makes one grateful for all that we have. From simple things like running water to bathe in to diapers.