Greeted by a breathtaking view of a cliff side, and a coral reef that outlines the harbor channel, the volunteers and PP 11 team were welcomed to the island at the American Embassy by ambassadors from Japan, Australia, China, the United States and the President of the Federated States of Micronesia.
"Everyone was very welcoming. To listen to the President’s speech and hear how grateful he was to have us here was very heartwarming," says volunteer Andrea Tanzella. "It is really exciting to be working with the various nations to provide care to the people of Micronesia."
On the first day of medical missions in Micronesia, the team split into three different groups. Two teams traveled by plane the islands of Kosrae, and Chuuk for five days. The third medical team stayed in Pohnpei to open a medical site at Nanpei, a high school about an hour away from the capital.
A lush green drive though the mountains of Pohnpei was breathtaking. The medical team arrived to a line of patients waiting outside of the medical site.
Volunteer Nurse Hanna Taylor played a key role in today's medical site, as she helped setup the main registration area, and gave a helping hand when needed.
"I did what needed to be done,” says Taylor. “While waiting in line, one man collapsed. We immediately hydrated him and I gave him an injection of IM antibiotic."
"At the end of the day, we played a volleyball game with the locals,” she adds. “It was a great way to gain trust and form connections.”
Volunteer Nurse Anina Terry had the unique opportunity of working with a Japanese medical team. “I learned different nursing techniques and a lot about culture,” she says. “I also discovered many things were very similar in practices.”
Volunteer Nurse Bridget Binko worked in wound care, and helped treat a young Micronesian girl with a tropical ulcer. "I was working with the Australian nurses, and a Naval Hospital Corpsman. It was interesting to be a part of this medical team," she says.
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