Guatemala: Keep Calm and Carry On

By Melissa Shephard, Campus Writer

Our days in the San Juan clinic were full of obstacles. Students struggled with equipment that wasn’t up to par, took vitals in the middle of a noisy clinic (complete with screaming babies,) translated across multiple language barriers (Spanish and Tz’utujil, the local Mayan dialect) and confronted a culture dissimilar from their own. Every day the nurses rallied to overcome the odds, only to be thrown new challenges: the worst scabies epidemic we’d ever seen, an odd association between ingredients in tortillas and urinary problems, and promoting exercise to diabetics who didn’t own tennis shoes.