I’m finally able to sit down and reflect on my recent mission trip to Cartagena, Colombia. I was joined with ten other nurses. Our organization, Mission C.T.G., had two goals: to teach and to give back.
During our few days there, we were able to train and certify physicians and nurses from a local children’s hospital in PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support).
We also held educational workshops in phlebotomy, central line, congenital heart defects, newborn care, ECMO for the medical staff.
After the workshop, we held a hospital visit for the kids. We gave goodie bags, toys, and get-well cards who were written by the patients in our hospital. During this hospital visit, I was immensely moved by how many families and children go to this hospital. The most eye-opening moment for me was seeing a child in a makeshift traction for her fracture. She was crying on the bed as the staff manually stretched her legs and placed plastic bottles to hold the weight down. This hospital didn’t have any private rooms, the emergency room and the inpatient units were full, the list can go on. And despite all of what they don’t have, they still showed so much care to their patients. How blessed we truly are. It just shows so much more importance to give back and to continue to give.
Mission C.T.G also dedicated their time to give back to the community. Along with some amazing people from La Casa del Niño, we held a health fair for the Displasados, who are orphaned children who were “displaced” due to the guerrilla warfare. Most, if not all, of these children have never seen a nurse or a doctor in their life. Can you imagine? Here in America, we hold annual visits, monthly vaccinations for kids, and yet some of these beautiful children have never been examined by a medical staff. I mean, what privilege it is to be these childrens’ first nurse?
The magnitude of their gratitude will stay with me.
The sunsets were beautiful in this city. The people and energy resonates through the buildings and the food (do not miss out on the amazing patacones on the street). Although considered a tourist city, I believe that Cartagena still held down its roots, especially in Old Town.
We also had an amazing time bonding during our visit to the mud volcano and one of the islands in Islas del Rosario.
For more information about our mission please visit: missionctg.org
Thank you Cartagena, see you next year,
For a recap of my trip to Cartagena and our mission: WATCH in HD!