Mission 2k19

After a long night of travel, we finally arrived in Lima, Peru on March 30th 2019! Hopped aboard our large coach bus and headed off to our hotel, Residencial Carlos. Here, we were able to unpack, unwind, and be horizontal for a few hours before heading out for our first adventure of the day: Brunch! We went our favorite brunch spot, El Hawaiano where they serve lots of classic Peruvian dishes like ceviche and Pisco sours - and it’s bottomless food! (Ideal for our dream teammate, Steve - he can put away some serious food 😉)

Our hotel courtyard, Residencial Carlos, featuring one of our fabulous physical therapists, Kevin! 

Our hotel courtyard, Residencial Carlos, featuring one of our fabulous physical therapists, Kevin! 

After eating 3-4 plates of food each, we ventured off to our second stop of the day: Miraflores! Our favorite Inca markets are here and they have perfect spots to grab souvenirs for our friends and family back home.

Nellie Z. One of the newest members of DWT - pictured shopping in Miraflores. That hat is made from Alpaca - so incredibly soft!!

Nellie Z. One of the newest members of DWT - pictured shopping in Miraflores. That hat is made from Alpaca - so incredibly soft!!

After spending about 1 hour shopping the streets of Miraflores, we made our way back to the bus for our next destination: LA PLAYA!!!! One of our all time favorite to-dos while in Lima. The weather was perfect, the sun was out, and the water was actually comfortably warm. A few dream teamers played beach volleyball with the locals (including Dr. Mary - she was a ROCKSTAR), some people put their feet in the water and some adventurous souls went full blown swimming!

La Playa!! 

La Playa!! 

We spent about 2 hours at the beach soaking up the sun before heading back to the Hotel to get ready for dinner. We had an amazing 3-course meal at Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant we call “the ruins” because it’s situated on several clay pyramids dating back several hundred years!

Though the day was long, it was wonderful getting to know all of our team mates as well as the local area we serve. We can’t wait to meet our patients tomorrow!!!!

 

One dream. One team.

❤️ 

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PDA's Peruvian Posts 2018

This Blog is written by our very own board member, Paul Armstrong, CP. Click the title above to get a first hand look into each day during our Mission Trip 2018 to Lima Peru. Enjoy!

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Proximo Año

It is hard to describe the last days in Peru.  The team is tired.  Yes, we are simultaneously tired from working and playing hard.....none of us would ever be accused of not living life to the fullest.  We are working to finish up patient's prostheses, trying hard to leave no one undone.

This year went amazingly efficiently.  We fit 67 devices to 65 patients.  We were able to get most patient up by Wednesday and by Friday everyone was fit 2x.  This is amazing and comforting by our own standards.

As we roam about Carrion hospital's PT gyms attending to patient's needs, we are constantly being pulled in a multitude of directions....photo por favor....un photo... can you look at _____, ...or ______ needs, has a problem with _______.   Fortunately, this year our team approach helped out tremendously.  All patients were assigned to specific Prosthetists and Physical Therapists. Viva equipa azul!!!

On Friday after an amazing breakfast and finalizing patient adjustments, the hospital puts on a little recognition ceremony.  People give speeches and recognize contributions from everyone involved.  It is often very touching and heart warming.....nary a dry eye in the room by the end, which the slowly erupts into a dance party.  By the end there are endless pictures, hugs.

It is simply an amazing thing to be able to Dream and to Work with these Peruvians; to join together and make the world the way we see it; the way it should be.

See you next year

Pablo

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