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BUEN VIVIR
                          THE GOOD LIFE

       WE FIRST MADE OUR BOOTH FOR 
       SELLING SNACK FOODS A FEW                       YEARS AGO.. IT WAS MADE FROM                 BAMBOO AND BANNANA LEAVES
       IT IS LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE                     CLINIC.  SNACKS ARE  NATIVE AND
       ORGANIC.  WE ALSO USE THE SPACE
       TO EDUCATE AND ANNOUNCE WHAT
       SNACKS WE ARE SELLING. WORKERS
       HEALTH TALKS AND ALSO EVENTS 
       HAPPENING IN HEALTH. THE                           AUDIENCE IS MOSTLY PATIENTS
       WAITING DOCTORS OR LAB.  

       WE RECENTLY REBUILD IT WITH                   WOOD AND MORE ATTRACTIVE.
       WE AWAIT YOUR VISIT, CONSULT  
        OR PURCHASE.!






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CHRISTMAS IS IN THE AIR!

     TODAY THE CLINICA MAXEÑA HAD 
      ITS FIRST CHRISTMAS FIESTA IN                    OUR CLINIC MEETING ROOM.  OVER  
      150


      MOTHERS AND INFANTS CAME!
      THEY WERE PART OF A PASTORAL 
       HEALTH PROGRAM THAT OUR NURSE
       MAGALI STARTED.  THERE WAS    
       LAUGHTER, A SNACK, CANDY AND               SMALL TOYS.  ALL WENT HOME                     HAPPY.  THANK YOU MAGALI FOR
       ORGANIZING THIS. 

       DONATE TO THE CLINICA MAXEÑA!
       GUATEMALA MISSION, CLINICA
       MAXEÑA, P.O. BOX 1729 HELENA,
       MONTANA, 59624!

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THIS INFANT CAME A LONG DISTANCE TO SEEK HELP FROM
                        THE EYE SURGEONS, WHO RECENTLTY TREATED PATIENTS IN
                        OUR CLINIC .  THE CHILD WAS AN INN PATIENT SOME.TIME. IN THE                                    CLINIC IN THE CITY BUT LEFT BEFORE EVALUATION COMPLETED

                         THEY  HAD BEEN  SEARCHING DIFFERENT CLINICS FOR CARE .
                         HE DID SPEND A FEW WEEKS IN THE CHILDREN´S CANCER CLINIC IN
                         THE CITY.  THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE FOR FAULT OF MONEY OR MIS-
                          UNDERSTANDING.  WE KNOW WELL THE CLINIC AND DOCTORS
                          AND THEY WERE PLEASED WE LOCATED THEM.  HE HAS RECEIVED
                          HIS FIRST CHEMOTHERAPY.  HE HAS HAD SEVERAL TESTS AND
                          WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED AND PROVIDED ASSISTANCE FOR
                          CARE NEEDED.  THIS IS A WONDERFUL HOSPITAL AND EXCELLENT
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A SPECIAL INTENTION FOR A SPECIAL
CHILD AND FRIEND!


FRIENDS AND FAMILY;  KARLA IS 16 YEARS
           OLD!  SHE IS SMALL FOR HER AGE.  SHE HAS
           HAD ACUTE LEUCEMIA FOR THE PAST THREE
           YEARS!  SHE HAS BEEN IN AND OUT OF 
           REMISSION THREE TIMES.  SHE IS PRESENTLY
           ON OUTPATIENT CHEMOTHERAPY 
           INTRAVENOUSLY, WHICH BEGAN THIS WEEK.                   SHE  IS HOME AGAIN AND IS BEING MONITORED             VERY CLOSELY.  HER FATHER IS HER CARE                       GIVER. THERE ARE THREE  OTHER CHILDREN
           IN THE FAMILY.  THEY ARE A POOR FAMILY 
           AND  LIVE ABOUT THIRTY MINUTES FROM                         HERE.  HER FATHER FARMS HIS  SMALL  PLOT
           OF COFFEE.  MYSELF AND OTHER NURSE 
           WILL MAKE HOME VISITS.

           I ASK FOR DAILY PRAYERS FOR KARLA AND 
           ALL CHILDREN WITH CANCER! THANK YOU!

           ON THE WALL IS A PHOTO OF MYSELF AND 
           KARLA IN HER LAST RELAPSE.  THIS WAS THE                 DAY OF…
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GOOD MORNIING!  OUR FRIENDS HAVE LEFT US. 
      OUR POST OPERATIVE PATIENTS HAVE BEEN                    CHECKED BY OUR FRIEND AND GUATEMALAN                OPHTHOMOLOGIST, DOCTOR, RENE PONCE. WE
      HAVE ONE INFANT IN UNOP, CANCER INSTITUTE 
       FOR CHILDREN WITH TUMORS.  HIS DIAGNOSIS
       IS NOT CONFIRMED.  HIS PARENTS REMAIN 
       WITH  HIM; OUR PERSONELL VISITED THEM                     YESTERDAY.  

        OUR NEXT EYE SURGERIES SCHEDULED IN                         APRIL, 2019.  THE LIST FILLS QUICKLY! 

         ONE OF OUR OWN WORKERS, DIEGO, WAS AN
         UNKNOWN DIABETIC,  HE WAS BLIND!  POST 
         TWO CATARACT SURGERIES, HE NOW
         WORKS FULL TIME IN THE CLINICA MAXEÑA!                  DECEMBER 14TH IS WORLD DAY OF
         DIABETES.  EACH MONTH, IN THE 
         CLINICA MAXEÑA WE BRING TOGETHER OUR                  DIAGNOSED DIABETICS!  A
          LARGE BANNER FOR DIABETES HANGS ON 
          THE WALL.  EACH MONTH, DIABETICS HAVE
          THEIR GLUCOSE, WEIGHT AND B…
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EVERY YEAR SINCE 1981, EYE SURGERIES BEGAN IN
THE CLINICA MAXEÑA.  WE WELCOMED DR MARTIN FISHMAN AND HIS TEAM OF TEN; NURSES, TRANSLATOR, OPTHAMOLOGISTS, OPTOMETRIST, TRANSLATOR.  TOGETHER WITH THE TEAM OF EXPERIENCED WORKERS OF THE CLINICA MAXEÑA, THEY ACCOMPLISHED DAILY OVER TEN CATARACT SURGERIES, PTERIGIUM SURGERIES, LASER TREATMENTS, OPTOMETRIST EXAMS, AND MUCH MORE.  MINIMAL COST OR GRATIS FOR MANY THIS TREATMENT WAS PROVIDED! THE RESULT WAS  MANY HAPPY PATIENTS WHO HAD POOR OR NO VISION.  DIABETES IS ONE OF MAIN CAUSES IF EYE DISEASE HERE!  THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

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TODAY IS ALL SOULS DAY
         This is a day when Christians pause,              PRAY and remember their loved ones who     have died and left us!  In most cultures this     is a reality!  Many customs are different but     there are bands, flowers in the cemeteries,      Prayers read aloud, Tears, Praying atTomb        Stones, Music!  FAMILIES COME                      TOGETHER!!



This is the RESTING PLACE OF TOMAS
LOPEZ Y MARIA VELASQUEZ, PARENTS 
OF MARTIN LOPEZ, WORKER OF OVER 30 YEARS IN CLINIC AND MY GOD PARENTS! "REST IN GOD´S PEACE"