Hola! Me llamo JD. Yo soy el anestesista ¿cómo estás? ¿tiene dolor?
Currently Working on it 😉. Lol
Current location: Honduras. A struggling tension heavy Honduras.
Current thoughts and feelings: The people of Honduras have been incredible to me. Their grateful attitudes mirror the grateful attitudes of those I met around the world who could not give me anything, yet gave me everything.... Allow me to explain.
By everything, I mean their warm beautiful smiles and kindest greetings. Their gratefulness and thankfulness. Their hearts and souls. Their prayers and blessings. All of this despite the struggles they have been going through and the tension in the nation. This is what I mean by "Everything". The important things are always simple. The people of Honduras are some of the most beautiful people inside and out that I have ever met.
The people traveled 7, 8,9, and 10 hours or more to get surgery done after waiting months and months. They are hurting and in need. Keep this in mind as you follow current affairs on the news.
Ten surgeries down so far since arrival. We are picking up the pace these coming days.
We have completed four surgeries so far. Waiting on equipment to be sterilized now. Eight more surgeries to follow for the day with many more to come in the coming days.
Exausted but once again, this is home. This is where I feel most alive.
Much peace and love from Honduras ❤ #humanitarian#medicalmission#anesthesia#medicine#medicina#nursing#showmeyourstethoscope#honduras#centralamerica#spiderman#avenger
I remember telling myself that once I was done with residency I was going to allocate a month a year to a medical relief trip. Well it has been 2 years since the most recent time I served at Mbingo as attending hospitalist. During the 3 years of residency where schedules were tight I made it happen 2/3 times. Went to Haiti & back to Cameroon. I promised to return annually and today I realize it has been 2 whole years!!!! Besides being able to meet the medical needs in an area where options are few, I also miss the perspective shift I experienced during this trip. When I came back to the States, I recall being so appreciative of all the innovation and amenities we have to facilitate health here. I did not complain about work for like a whole year after that. I need to take one of these medical relief trips again soon. #tbt
Have you ever been on one? If so, where did you go? How life changing was that for you?
5764025 October, 2018
Missing all my kiddies back in South Africa 🇿🇦! They just sent me this picture today 💝. This was taken 2 months ago during the completion of @medspiration’s Clean Water Project! #MEDspired
Ps. You can support our on-going projects by purchasing your own Mind.Body.Spirit Tee by clicking on the ‘Merchandise’ tab in @medspiration saved stories 💯. Love you guys, thanks for helping us help the world 🌎
Headed out for my very first medical mission trip. Peru 🇵🇪.
This has been on my heart for years and I am truly grateful for the opportunity + the ability to be a part of this.
Extending out my hand & heart for what’s ‘uncomfortable’.
Outside of my bubble. To go and find those in need, who wouldn’t have access any other way.
To see them as humans and respect their strength + cultures.
To embrace them with warmth, speak love over them, & get them back on their feet... in any capacity I can; we can.
Serving the underserved is a beautiful way to remind us of how, no matter perceptions, facades, possessions... we are all human & we each deserve access to healthcare.
It’s a human right and I am grateful to uphold that. 🌍❤️
I’ll see ya in 8 days ‘Mercia. #medicalmission
7538126 December, 2018
2018 was full of personal and professional growth. 2019 I’m coming for everything they said I couldn’t have!!! 😏
📷 taken all over 🌎: Miami, Dominican Republic, Barcelona, NYC, London, São Paulo, Burning Man, and the Philippines
Basilica, Equator, markets, and then CAMTA dinner and party with weeks 1 and 2. We had a great day, apparently I need to learn Spanish, and I am terrible at bartering. Tomorrow we head to the hospital. #camta#medicalmission
Gratitude— the quality of life, access to healthcare, education, and basic human needs are being taken advantage of. We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Find some time throughout the day to truly introspect on what it is that you are grateful for and show some love and compassion towards those who don’t live in the abundance of access in resources that you do •
Just 1 month ago, this group of amazing volunteers were embarking into a journey to help pioneer our newest program to serve patients from tribal villages of India . We are so proud of each and everyone of them. Their passion to serve & love for God is admirable.
We invite you to join us next year January 2020! Application is now open. 🇮🇳 www.christianbrigades.org/volunteer #CBIndia#ChristianBrigades#Volunteer#MedicalMission#GlobalHealth
Look who I found! This baby is 5 months old. She is the shopkeepers baby. She immediately came to me before I could even ask permission from her mother and put her hands on my face. I’m in love ❤️ #gambia#medicalmission#dradrienneyoudim
Just under twenty four hours from now, our team will have completed the first leg of our travels. Next stop? Our final destination in West Africa!!
This is a photo of where we stayed, last time, for the first night of our trip. We arrived, straight from the airport, late at night and were greeted by some of the most gracious, humble, and beautiful people I have had the privilege of meeting!! You guys, they were so good to us!!! (Isn’t it always like that? You do something to be a help and a blessing to someone else, and THEY end up out-blessing you!!!!! 🙏🏻🙌🏻 “out-blessing”... is that a word???)
Anyway, you can imagine my excitement the next morning when I came outside and saw WHITE!!!! White walls, white stairs, white everywhere!!!! It was so beautiful!! (I hope we get to spend our first night here again, but I honestly don’t know).
After breakfast, we headed to our permanent home, for the next week!!!! —>>> I loved it even more because this was our “HOME”. It was where we shared meals, prepared for our work days, debriefed after long clinic days, prayed, laughed, AND received the most delicious, fresh baked bread every.single.day from the beautiful women who lived on the property!! (Can you say manna from heaven?????? 😋🙌🏻).
So excited to start our adventure at our home away from home!!!!!
Can’t wait to see you again, Africa!!!! ❤️❤️
i started this year off with a medical mission trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last month.. with a few minutes left before i officially turn 30, i can’t help but reflect on how amazing my twenties were. & i know turning 30 will just be the beginning of even more amazing things to come.. ❤️
Day 7. Medical Brigade part 2. Being a part of the medical brigade has been by far, one of my favorite experiences here in Tela. Even though the majority of the time there was no air conditioning and was chaotic a lot of times, we managed to get through and was able to see as many patients as we could for the day. I’m extremely grateful to have gotten this opportunity to join hands with #handstohonduras . The seeds they have planted here for the past 15 years have grown to be such a big contribution to this community. I’m so proud to be a part of such an amazing group of medical professionals and volunteers. #medicalmission#tela#honduras
73423 February, 2019
Wrapped up day 5 with 120 patients seen! Excited to give an overview of this week’s clinic! Pray for our team as they rest up in preparation for week TWO!
Discontentment is a factor that is supposed to make us seek for greater good, instead poisons us. We rise thinking that tangibles gives us satification. Our hearts then become empty and we are layered with poison. Our materials will one day pass, thinking what is left within the flesh. If we one day want to be satisfied with divine change, listen to the spirit, instead the wants of the flesh.
94123 February, 2019
Kicked off the weekend last night honoring @mendingkids & the GOOD WORK they do... 🦋
This year they will mend their 5000th child. 💪
My hubs @drpanossian has been one of their “GOOD SURGEONS” [volunteer] for 10 years now.
Mending Kids gives critical surgical care for sick kids here in SoCal and all over the world — they fix hearts, hands, feet, legs, arms, faces, fingers & more for children who otherwise might not survive.
Slide through these pics and take a moment to honor the grace of our celebrity Mistress of Ceremonies @alilandry (mom of 3 with a heart of gold), the giggles of our dynamo award presenter @marcelloadventures (from @abcmodernfam), the grit of our young Hope Award Winner @siennadugan (who has helped countless of pediatric patients & peers through very difficult surgical journeys) and the remarkable & well-spoken young man @werkneh_gold standing next to her (who used to have dangerous 10lb tumors on his hands until Mending Kids stepped in — now he’s thriving & going to college)!
It was a beautiful night of GIVING — giving love, attention & funds to something that truly does change the world, one child at a time (that’s a quote from MK’s @dorothy_lucey herself). Friends @drtanyaaltmann@calabasaspeds & @megs_matoss: Thank you for your HEARTS & DONATIONS. ❤️ #iammendingkids
JOIN US.❤️ BECAUSE, THESE KIDS.💕
Text MEND to 44321 to donate any amount.... #thefabmom
4304623 February, 2019
Day 4: Manati. Today I got called to do a hut call, to see the gentleman in the hammock (I asked before taking all pictures). He had had a stroke and was paralyzed on half his body so it would have been hard for him to make it to the clinic. His daughter, on the right, helped him by carrying him from place to place and also using a simple metal wheelchair. He was clearly well cared for and generally doing pretty well, all things considered. The hut is a simple wooden affair but with separate rooms for sleeping and cooking and a flush enclosed toilet a little way out back. The bookshelves in the room were packed with books.
The next few pics are of the local health center and Nieve, the health technico. This is a very well appointed center and has a lot of resources!
This is one of the communities where there has been a long term health project to prove sanitation, clean water and nutrition and it showed in the health of the people and the state of the community as well. The patients we saw here often referenced the teaching they had had over the last year and how it improved their health. #peru#caringbeyondborders#medicalmission#amazon
“The maternal mortality rate in Sierra Leone is 1,300 deaths in every 100,000 women, compared to in the US it is 12-14 deaths in every 100,000 women. There is only 1 Ob/Gyn in the town of Bo. A town that supports over 600,000 people. Bonkers, right? Only two reasons to get a cesarean section and that is obstructed labor or disproportion. Never for fetal distress because they don’t have the capabilities to monitor and to intervene. Again, bonkers in today’s healthcare.
I was there with 25 dedicated and good natured physicians and healthcare workers from around the world on a mission trip for MedGlobal. There will be a lot of teaching. It has been a challenging area to work in because they really have bare bones to function. Today I operated on a young woman who had fibroid tumors that mimicked 7-8 month pregnancy. We removed 17 tumors. We are all crossing our fingers and are hopeful that she will become pregnant in about six months time, like she hopes.” - Dr. Sam Song, OB/GYN. #sierraleone#medicalmission#doctors#savelives#ngo#humanitarian#nurses#mortality
This Friday we would like to take the time to spotlight Dr. Laura Smelter! Thankfully, God prepared Laura perfectly for the role that she plays on our team. In fact, today you can find Dr. Laura facilitating a Pre-Conference Workshop at the M3 (Mobilizing Medical Missions) Conference taking place today and Saturday in Houston, Texas.