With only a few days left to secure funding for our medical mission to Belize the reality of our expedition is beginning to settle in. It is true I am still hoping to raise support for the project, and at the same time I feel it prudent to shift focus to some of the forthcoming challenges we will face upon arrival in Central America. I have spoken in some detail with expedition leader Jonathon Bryant about what to expect...in a nutshell, Malaria, Pepto-Bismol and the Fer De Lance snake. This is not a wish list mind you, nor is it complete. There is further anticipation over "chicken water" dinners, hungry jaguars (during my 7 mile hike through the jungle), and the revelation that I've been advised to bring along AT LEAST one emergency child birthing kit. If you were thinking this would be a tropical vacation, think again. Yes mother, I will be carrying a satellite phone.
If I did not before, I now know that our expedition is real. After several days of group training in Laguna village I will be venturing out to a remote village in the southern most part of Toledo just two miles north of the Guatemalan border. It feels as though there is much to do to get ready. My flight to Belize City leaves Asheville in two weeks and I have yet to obtain my malaria and typhoid prophylaxis. I am also feeling behind on acquiring my personal gear and expedition medical supplies. Never the less, I must remember I am well trained in throwing together camping gear at a moment's notice and this is just another camping trip...in another country...with a distinct and challenging mission. Did I mention there are Jaguars there? So tomorrow will be a prep day as time is moving hurriedly and days are few.
Thank you so much for sharing my excitement over this wonderful opportunity to improve the lives of others through education and service. Please contact me with any questions or to just catch up. I would love to hear from you!