Last night, I got home from an amazing week at Clinica Ezell in Guatemala. I was able to join with oh let’s estimate 50ish people (?) on a General/GYN Surgery trip. I went as a translator. It was very much fun, and if you’ve been around the blog you know that I love mission trip translating. It’s fun for me, and I enjoy all the people I get to know but it is very exhausting. It’s hard to be “on” in both languages all day, every day even for as little as one week. But I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. In case you’re curious, the life of a Health Talents International volunteer translator goes something like this:
6:30 AM: Get up, shower and get ready
7:30 AM to 9AM: Translate pre and post-op morning rounds
9AM-1PM: Translate for Anesthesiologists questioning patients before surgery, translate surgery consults, translate in recovery room, be available to translate in OR if needed
1:30 PM to 7PM: Translate surgery consults, anesthesia questions (I am so good at explaining spinal anesthesia I’m practically an anesthesiologist. JUST KIDDING), translate in recovery room (communication between patients and nurses)
After dinner to 11PM: Translate post-op rounds with the surgeon, be available to translate in recovery room
11PM- 6:30 AM: SleepSleepSleep
It’s a lot, but it’s so fun. Pictures and a full newsletter to come soon!