Today was our last day in Honduras, and our last day working with Rotary Usula to fit patients with the OpenSocket. We knew that today would be a lighter day with only 2 more patients lined up for fittings, so we wanted to take the opportunity to see a little more of the city of San Pedro Sula, and the surrounding country.
We woke up today to find an article in the local newspaper about our work with Rotary Usula. We hope this will mean more amputees will hear about the OpenSocket in Honduras and get in touch with us and Rotary.
To start off, we got up at 5:30am to climb up a mountain on the edge of San Pedro Sula to a large Coca Cola sign there. You can see the sign from the whole city, and in a way. it's similar to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, CA.
We climbed with Dr. Luis for about an hour up a winding road until we got to the Coke sign. The views were pretty incredible! Climbing a little farther, we found a small tienda selling Gatorade out of a Pepsi fridge. Sadly there was no Coca Cola at the top.
After climbing back down and grabbing a shower and quick breakfast at our hotel, we headed into the clinic. Our 2 patients were waiting at the clinic when we arrived around 9:30, so we moved right into our usual interview-fit-train process.
One of our goals for today was to have Dr. Luis perform more fittings of the OpenSocket. Luis had already performed 2 fittings the day before, and we aimed to give him a little more practice.
As Jonathan worked through the interviews, Luis started working with one patient, while Dylan jumped in to fit the other.
Luis's patient was a woman named Ana who lost her arm as a result of Osseosarcoma (a bone tumor). Ana had a short but flabby residual limb, so Jonathan moved in to help Luis refine his fitting. In a short time, Ana was opening the terminal device on her OpenSocket and beginning training.
Dylan's patient, Jose Roberto, was a strong man who worked to care for animals and on maintenance jobs. His amputation was about half way down his strong, lean arm, making his fit relatively straightforward. Dylan has had quite a bit of practice over the past 13 days, and worked to give Jose an excellent fit on his OpenSocket.
As soon as he had a little training, Jose was using his prosthesis to write his name, lift heavy bags, and manipulate all kinds of objects in the room. It was exciting to see Jose pick up using the device so quickly, knowing that he would put it to good use in his daily work.
After wrapping up our fittings for the day, Luis and his family invited us to take a trip to the nearby beach on the Caribbean Sea. We all loaded in several cars, and made the 1 hour drive to Omoa. Arriving there, we ordered food at the beachside restaurant, and took a quick swim in the sea. The water was a comfortable temperature, and it was extremely refreshing after the last 2 days of intense work.
After the swim we enjoyed some good seafood, and then headed back to San Pedro Sula. Tomorrow at 5:30am we head north, across Guatemala, to make a quick visit to some of the Mayan ruins in Tikal before a bunch more patient fittings in the remaining week of our work here.