Monday, March 21, 2016
Megapaca, locked doors and basketball
Somehow I don't speak Spanish and I don't play basketball but I ended up on a women's Guatemalan (spanish-speaking) basketball team. We practice twice a week and play on weekends in a near-by town. I have now officially played basketball five times. Three practices and two games. My first game they didn't keep score because we were that bad. The second game we lost....59-6.
But I am having so much fun! I love that I get to play with local women from the nearby town, that I'm learning a new sport, and that I'm learning a whole new spanish vocabulary: de basket. Our coach is awesome and over-all: I enjoy it. Except that whole, "aaack he might put me in" feeling during the game. I don't love that.
Chima, where we have our games, is actually a pretty neat town. It is one of those dangerous places we should never go. But they have a mall and a really neat second hand store (run by Goodwill) called Megapaca. A fellow volunteer and I braved the dangerous roads in a microbus and chicken bus in order to: SHOP! Who knew it was so americanized??
Since we didn't die, I was able to work my second 24 hour shift on Saturday. This was fine except I managed to lock the clinic keys inside the wound room (we douse it with bleach and use it to change dressings on serious wounds). I then called ON THE PHONE the director IN SPANISH and told him what I had done. Please note: this was a telephone call...in SPANISH...just wanted to make sure that came across clearly.
Anyway, he couldn't do anything that night so I stopped by my house after pm meds were distributed and grabbed a blanket. I then slept on the exam table in the doctor's office because the room with the nurse's bed was LOCKED. The next morning someone came and climbed on the roof, through a window in said roof and into the locked room with the keys. And that's how we got the keys back. It was so ridiculous I wasn't even that upset. It was more of a "REALLY?" moment when I locked them inside than anything else. The nurse on the next shift told me she did the same thing last year...so better I felt.
Yesterday was the day of visitors and today was our total campus work day but more on that la-tah!
Missing everyone. Lots!