The HHA team was able to take a much needed break as we were waiting for pap smear results to come back from ASHONPLAFA in Tegucigalpa. We spent a day or two in the nearby city of Choluteca, where we were able to visit some local markets and stock up on supplies. Then we headed to Amapala for two days to unwind with some sunshine and some hiking.
The mini vacation was perfect. Amapala was beautiful... we stayed in a gargoyle themed hotel... which was definitely unique, but we were the only tourists on the island, and that made for a really relaxing time. It was also really excellent to get to spend more time getting to know eachother. Up until now we really had been working together as a medical team, and so it was nice to have a chance to just chat and relax.
On Wednesday we came back to El Corpus, and Thursday morning we all set out to our respective communities to deliver results to the women. Not only were we able to provide them with fast results, but we also laid out plans and finances to help the women that needed follow up treatment, such as ultrasounds or biopsies.
Tomorrow we are going back to the clinic one final time to do a full day of inventory on supplies. And then early Sunday morning we hop on a bus to Tegucigalpa, where we will catch our flight back to the U.S. It really has been an unbelievable trip, and we are so excited about the fantastic amount of experience we have received, all of the excellent work we have accomplished, and the great relationships that have developed within the HHA team.
We will be home soon!! Thanks to family and friends for all your thoughts and support!!