June 21, 2017 at 6:00 AM
Amy Greeb and Abigail Wanninger are getting a full taste of the Peruvian culture, including climbing this mountain last week. (Photo submitted)
(Editor's note: Two students from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, are interning at Asociacion San Lucas in Moyobamba, Peru, this summer and will periodically be submitting blogs for this site. Abigail Wanninger of Berthoud, Colo., recently completed her sophomore year as a nursing student. Amy Greeb of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a junior biology-health professions major with a minor in Spanish.)
By Abigail Wanninger
MOYOBAMBA PERU—I think if I said that Amy and I have fallen in love with Moyobamba, the Clinica San Lucas, and the people we have been so privileged to meet I would still be understating just how privileged we feel to be here.
Our work at the clinic certainly keeps us busy. This past week Amy and I had the opportunity to visit a couple of local clinics to observe and assist. It was most definitely a learning experience.
All the healthcare workers have been so patient with my Spanish as they explain the situation with the patient, and then usually explain it again. The patients have also been so patient as I try to communicate that I need their arm for a blood pressure, or that I need to stick the thermometer under their armpit.
Outside of the clinic, our host family has seen to it that we are being exposed to all that the area has to offer. This has included climbing a mountain, visiting the baños termales (natural thermal baths), going head first on an inner tube down a river and eating some of the best food that I have ever tasted. I have even realized my lifelong dream of eating cuy (guinea pig)!
I can't wait to see what God has in store for the coming weeks.