ECUADOR TRIP with TIMMY FOUNDATION by Shirley Mueller

It’s fun to help someone else. And, what could be better than seeing Ecuador and helping others at the same time? Here is a summary of my trip with the Timmy Foundation in July, 2008

Ecuador was great. The equator was a lot of fun and the churches were so beautiful. Shopping was productive too; I”m almost ready for xmas. They use the dollar, so it was so easy to understand the price of everything immediately. And, I would recommend the Hilton, the executive portion (breakfasts were divine).

For Timmy, we worked a full four days and a part of another day. I skipped Wed. as I felt I needed to rest and it wasn’t service oriented, more social. In the morning, we went to the Indian village as much as 3 hrs. outside of Quito. This meant round trip would be up to 6 hrs. I hadn’t expected this, but I did get a chance to know some of the other participants and that was nice.

When we arrived at the village we set up, which took at least a half an hour. We saw 80-87 patients a day. The kids were de-wormed and received fluoride for their teeth. There was intake for weighting and blood pressure. After seeing the doctor, the patients came to pharmacy. They were grateful and it was a gratifying experience. That being said, our work is only a drop in the bucket because there is so much need. Nevertheless, Timmy is organized and has a hospital we support there, so follow up is available for the patients. Two of the women requested a tubal ligation–that is success because families are so large and they have to get permission from their husbands before they ask us.

In summary, I”m glad I did it. It would make anyone feel good. Please see http://www.timmyfoundation.org.

Below: Susan Smithburn with patient in clinic South of Quito, Ecuador in July, 2008

Susan Smithburn at clinic South of Quito, Ecuador

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