Passion x Purpose!

November 25, 2014

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“Bhu what? Where the hell is that?” That’s the response I got from a lot of people when I talked about heading to Bhutan for my very first medical mission.  I’d be lying through my teeth if I said I didn’t initially use Google Maps to help me figure out which continent Bhutan called home but it really didn’t matter too much.  I always wanted to go on a medical mission and after years of rationalizing as to why it just wasn’t possible,  the perfect opportunity arose.  I finally ran out of excuses!

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Ignorance isn’t always bliss.  In fact, that son of a gun can have you biting your nails down to a bloody pulp if you’re not careful.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my fare share of fun, carefree wanderlust just as much as the next stamp tramp but this was a different type of travel, a new world. I was beyond nervous for this mission.  I had tons of questions running marathons in my mind.  What were my medical supplies going to look like? Were my patients going to accept my care?  Was the language barrier going to be too overwhelming?

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Thankfully, I was surrounded by plenty of  practitioners who had already mastered the art of combining their passion for travel with their purpose of taking care of those in need. This amazing group of people showed me how to chill out and roll with the punches so that we could deliver safe and effective care, no matter what barriers we came across. I was grateful for being given the opportunity to see how it was done.  And man, was it done well!

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Our amazing team completed over 60 surgical cases that week. Between the 11 hour time zone difference and the long surgical days, to say that we were exhausted was an understatement. Yet we were giddy, filled with a sense of accomplishment that kind of lifted our spirits beyond our fatigued bodies. I can’t even wrap my mind around all of the positive impacts this mission had on me. But through all my worries, I learned one key lesson. A smile definitely speaks every language!

A Very Special Thanks to Surgicorps International.

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