Tag Archives: Health

My Work Here is Done

March is here: my 27th and final month as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  I have one more week in site, and nineteen short days left in Nicaragua.  I’m not crying because I’m in denial.  So it goes. During the month … Continue reading

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Language Proficiency Interview

A medical brigade from the States came to my site the first week in December and a couple PCV friends and I helped translate for them.  We were able to recount stories and medical conditions to the doctors and nurse … Continue reading

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ChatSalud: A Nicaraguan Revolution of a Different Kind

According to the International Telecommunication Union, approximately 8 out of 10 Nicaraguans have cell phones (ITU 2011).  And according to the Nicaraguan Dispatch, all 153 municipalities have cell phone coverage (17 Sept. 2012).  This means that if you live in … Continue reading

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“Deme una sonrisa,” or, How Anna and I Tricked Some Kids into Smiling for Dental Hygiene

I won’t say that dental hygiene is completely neglected here.  Some people have really beautiful teeth.  Though, admittedly, most adults have their less-than-perfect-teeth supplemented by really beautiful metal “bling bling.”  Seriously–it can be beautiful.  I’ve seen metal stars and hearts … Continue reading

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Day in the Life: Jornada de Vacunación

Last March during my site visit, I was thrown into a truck that traversed rivers and mountains until we ended up in several rural communities that I haven’t seen since.  It was an exciting and confusing time.  I spent the … Continue reading

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Mid-Service Crisis

Mid-service crisis is: crying on the bus ride home while wedged in between two very large men (and trying to hide it from them).  Here’s a tip: if you put your head against the seat in front of you, you … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Club

Here’s a hint: if you wake up shivering, and you’re in Nicaragua, you’re probably sick. Here’s another hint: if you wake up shivering, you’re in Nicaragua, and it’s the rainy season, you probably have Dengue. And it sucks. After a … Continue reading

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Going Through Changes*

*I tried, but in the end, could not resist quoting Eminem. Deaths. Last week my municipality experienced its first maternal death of the year.  The woman who died should not have died.  Her pregnancy was high-risk as she was already the … Continue reading

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Radio Malfunction

Here’s how it went down: I gave a charla over the radio to the municipality on the permanent methods of contraception (male and female operations) and felt accomplished for the day. Then my host mom comes up to me: Apagó … Continue reading

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Los Pipitos

It took until my boss Ximena came to my site for a visit for me to realize that my next door neighbor was Los Pipitos.  The conversation went a little something like this: Ximena: So have you thought about working … Continue reading

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Ellean

This is Ellean. He is my host-nephew and just turned two last Wednesday. Like all good mothers should, my host-sister Marjorie breastfed Ellean for his first two years. Why is this relevant? Because Ellean constantly tries to take off my … Continue reading

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¿En que trabajo?

The first questions you are asked when you meet a stranger are (in order): Are you single? Do you have kids?  How old are you?  Do you believe in God? And finally, if the conversation lasts long enough, the all … Continue reading

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