Days 25-31/Week 4: Havoc in the country

Wow I cannot believe it is October already! Time is flying by. The biggest thing that happened this week was the "Estado de Excepcion", or "State of Exception." The government took some economic measures to raise gas prices and the entire country started to protest. Not only are people
 protesting in the streets, but the city is in "paro," where the country is paralyzed because there is no transportation such as city and inter-province buses. Classes got suspended from schools and a lot of stores and restaurants closed early. During this time, the president could put police and military in the streets, so there were groups of policeman on every corner in the downtown area. Additionally, during this time people are not allowed to buy alcohol and there is a curfew of 10pm.

If you read my blog post about Cuenca, you will understand how shocked I am to read this article…

Days 18-24/ Week 3: Gripe and New Friends

Unfortunately, this week wasn't the best week for me because I had gripe, the Spanish flu. I had symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, a lot of congestion, a fever, an upset stomach, and a very strong head cold. I got checked out by a doctor and was told that gripe was caused by the change in climate. Right now in Guayaquil the day it is very hot, but at night it is cool and windy, which led to my sickness as well as the sickness of many others. This week at the internship, almost all of our patients had symptoms of gripe and had to be treated. For me, the sickness lasted a little over a week.

The Internship

This week at the internship, Keke and I did not do much because I was sick and we also had a different nurse. This nurse does not allow us to do as much as Juan, therefore all we did this week was take blood pressure, fold wrap and gauze, and make cotton balls. It was a very light week and we did not learn anything new.


As of now, Keke and I are still in the Spanish and …

Days 11-17: Montañita!

This is my second week in Ecuador and I am starting to get the hang of things. My Spanish has definitely improved since I have been here and I am starting to become more open about speaking with strangers in Spanish. 

The internship

This week at the internship we met the other nurse that works at the clinic. His name is Juan and he is awesome. Me and Keke found him very easy to talk to because he speaks slowly for us (all in Spanish of course) and makes sure that when he explains anything we understand him. He taught us an easier way to take blood pressure manually, how to put information into the clinic database, what all of the medicines do and how they are used, and how to prepare syringes and give injections! I gave my first injection to a patient on Friday and I was nervous, but I will be more relaxed after a few more times. This week at the internship was great and I learned a lot!


My daily schedule is the internship from 8:30 am-1 pm, a lunch break from 1-2, and then classes…