Student Pharmacist Takes Part in Baja Mission Trip
On July 5th, James Henderson (P2) went on a medical mission trip to San Quintin, Mexico. The medical team set up a clinic at a local church that was established by the Mayfair Church of Christ of Huntsville, AL. The clinic included 4 medical bays separated by curtains. The team provided primary care, dental and eye exams. Lastly, every patient went through the pharmacy where they received a multivitamin regardless of their reason for visiting. The pharmacy consisted largely of NSAIDs and medications for GERD, cough, constipation and diarrhea. They also dispensed topical creams and ointments as well as some simple antibiotics. James spent his days counseling patients with the assistance of a translator. He also performed blood pressure and blood glucose screenings. When asked about the trip, James simply stated, Its not about me. Our living conditions werent ideal or even close to American standards, but it didnt matter because it wasnt about our comfort. It was about serving those less fortunate than ourselves. In some ways I envied them though, because despite their horrible living conditions they were genuinely some of the happiest people on the planet. For as many patients as I helped on my trip, those same patients taught me a much more valuable lesson. They showed how to be thankful for what God has blessed me with in my life and to never take for granted the love that is shown to me by my friends and family.