Hey everyone, I'm back from Ecuador (after a month long trip). It was amazing and I'm posting this here since my wife and I did some volunteer work while down there. We tested about 600 locals in a rural village area for diabetes.
We then spent about 3 weeks working in a town near Portoviejo, Visquije (which is right near the "canton" Santa Ana). I worked with the local doctor in very rural areas and my wife worked with the assisting nurse. I was able to see a wide variety of ailments that are not as common back in the US. I am trained in nutrition so I gave lessons about nutrition and diabetes to different groups. There were some really strange misconceptions down there. One of the strangest was that insulin causes eye problems. I figure they thought this because low blood sugar sometimes messes with my vision, so that's how I explained it. Has anyone heard of anything else like this? I was surprised that this misconception was so widespread.
Anyway, the trip definitely helped me develop my medical spanish speaking skills, so it will help me a great deal in the future. We provided advice to those with concerning blood sugar levels and referred the diabetics to the medical center where we were working. There were probably about 30 out of the 600 walking around with blood sugars over 500. Some knew they were diabetic but couldn't afford a meter or medication, others had no idea they had it. Be grateful for the health care and priveleges we have here in developed nations!
So, just wanted to say hi and tell everyone what I've been up to all of those who have missed me. :)