Every time I am in America for a couple years, I decide it’s time to leave. Usually it’s for at least a month or so, but this time it’s only a week. At the end of August, I will be going to Panama in Central America.
I am going on behalf of the Family Medicine Residency to determine if this site could work to routinely send residents who are interested in learning more about international/missionary medicine. We are actually going to the mission field of Dr. Alan Handt, who just happened to be my neighbor growing up. I think they moved to the mission field when I was still pretty young, but boy, small world. I haven’t really been to Central America (closest being Cozumel on the cruise or Cuba, but neither of those count), so I’m pretty excited. I also haven’t ever considered myself a Spanish speaker per se. I can sort of get by with my French but I can never say any words (although I ALWAYS have French in my head and have to stop myself from saying those words…). I recently got Rosetta Stone in Spanish and I think it is good, but I just don’t have the time to get through as much as I would like. I do know more words than I used to and can conjugate a few verbs. I used a couple with a patient the other day and they said “You do speak spanish!” Poco poco.
I don’t expect a lot of my spanish here. I also don’t expect a whole lot of patient seeing (although I’m told I might “get” to pull some teeth). I do expect to experience a new culture spend some time with missionaries- two things I love. Unfortunately, the other person I love, Jeff, probably won’t be coming with me. There’s still a chance though…
Expect pics soon!