Remaining positive and cheerful when so many things are uncertain and not going well is very difficult.
· Carmen has had three months since her accident without regaining movement in her legs and only movement in two fingers and upper arms. She is resistant to working toward being in a wheelchair and losing hope to be able to walk again one day.
· The clinic I have worked at for 15 years is getting less and less patients and the future is not clear. Surgery has been prohibited here by the health department
· The people in the parish are planning to protest and get the new priest removed.
· Lots of people are resistant to new changes in the parish and causing conflicts and division.
Guadalupe has been such a great place to live and work. The priest, religious sisters and the medical volunteers and I have formed a united team. Everyone was supportive and kind to each other. Not any more.
So many people were atended to in the clinic and so many eye surgeries helped people to see again or the ENT surgeries to help people hear again or breathe easier. The work I enjoyed was 16 hour days with hundreds of people coming daily. Now there are about 10 people a day.
Everyday I need to see and experience all that brings joy. The children that come to the clinic, the school children who are so polite to always greet me on their way to school, the beauty of the river and mountains, the patients so gratefull for the medical and dental care they receive, etc. These are what I need to concentrate on.
Whenever the future is uncertain hope for what is possible and working to make a better situation is what I have learned. A good friend once told me to not accept circumstances but to make bad situations better. A priest in my youth told me that God does indeed open a window when the door has been closed was shown to be the truth. Thus I am taking a day at a time and know that things will work out.