15 Feb 2016, 1630 hours
Santa Lucia, Honduras
Hello Dick and Carolyn,
It was another day in Honduras with some little problems, but no major problems. Julio and I left Santa Lucia about 0900 hours. Our mission was:
1. Meet with Dr. Miquel Coello, liaison with the US Med-Red program at Soto Cano Airbase
2. Try and find a generator for the team trip to Nueva Capital - second generator
3. Exchange dollars for lempiras
4. Buy needed supplies for where we live
I had a great meeting with Dr. Coello. He is a true and trusted friend. He and the U.S.A. med-red program were involved with Mission Honduras LeMars in 2011 and 2012, studying malnutrition in Montaña de la Flor (MDLF). Sad statistics.
Today we talked about how to help the doctor in San Juan get the ultrasound unit we let him use in MDLF to get repaired. I will talk with Dick about this later. We have opportunities to help. I will travel to MDLF soon with Julio to meet with the doctor and talk about this and maybe bring the unit back for repair to the U.S.A.
In about 2 weeks Julio and I will travel to MDLF and talk with the doctor at the San Juan Clinic. Dr. Coello will call him about our visit and mission. I should have Dr. Coello’s comments soon. We will also take bags of medicine to the clinic to help the Tolupan (indigenous).
We then talked about a small baby that has a suppressed immune system that also has respiratory problems. She needs respiratory therapy at the Social Hospital. (Boy, have they had problems lately, but yet, this is where the little girl gets help.) What she needs is an O2 tank, probably an E tank. GMH will give her a nebulizer and nebulizer kit (if we have a small mask, etc., which we should have??)
Dr. Coello tells me the cost to buy a tank of this source is very costly. Dick told me to buy one in Honduras if we can one at a reasonable price. Dr. Coello will check on the internet about getting 1-3 from the U.S.A., depending upon if TSA will let empty O2 tanks fly. Marta will also check here in Honduras. We want to help this little girl. Maybe I’ll send some photos in the future.
Tomorrow we need to get a fuel leak fixed in the Toyota. That should be no problem. We will buy the generator, which is 3250 watts, a Honeywell, and on Wednesday we’ll go to Nueva Capital to visit the third house. Dr. Coello hopes to join the team for at least one day. Dr. Coello, you are very welcome to join us.
I will have more to share with you about my visit with Dr. Coello. I will involve Dr. Benzoni more in those messages.
By the way, we did get groceries, and I changed some dollars for lempiras. It was a good day. It was hot in Tegus, but cooler here in Santa Lucia.
Until another day….Mr Francis
|plot of land for third house|
This video gives everyone a good idea of the typical roads that run through Nueva Capital and what it will be like to get our wood, tin, and other supplies to the three house sites.