Saturday, January 9, 2016

2016 Some things never change

Advertisements for Sergio's museo. 
After seeing patients all day, if there are enough
tourists, he will give them an unforgettable
cultural and Mayan textile tour. Donations
partly support his ability to do his
humanitarian work.  
Its hard to believe I met Sergio 8 years ago and how little things have changed in his world of wound and burn care. At least as far as patients go: same accidents, different people. Our patients are the young, the old, and everyone in between.

On New Year's Eve a 5 year-old boy, with his 23 year-old uncle from Chamula, were planning to use fireworks and pulvora - literally in English 'gunpowder' -  and somehow it when 'boom'.  Both their hands and faces were burned.  The boy's complete face (excluding his eyelids) has a superficial second degree burn and he looks like a kid from a horror movie. The back of his hands suffered a 1st degree burn in which the superficial aspect of his skin will peel and probably won't leave any scarring. At this point we really don't if he will be left with any facial disfigurement, but his function of blinking, and use of his mouth should be fine. Sergio cleans his face and applies cream and this 5 year-old does not cry. His absolute attention and caring in doing this must have some calming the boy knows Sergio will give him a piece of chocolate afterwards.

The uncle does the whimpering when we change the bandage on his right hand which has a superficial 2nd degree burn. His face suffered a burn equivalent to a chemical peel that many women in the US pay hundreds of dollars to help with wrinkles. His face is recovering very quickly but his hand will take longer.

The older patients have diabetic or venous ulcers we see on a regular basis. The blindness from diabetes continues to amaze me and lack of education for diabetes prevention is sorely lacking (as it is in the US). It also continues to amaze me how people get along with their maladies that interfere with their daily activities of living and their quality of life. They seem to blame no one and accept their fate.

An ornate decoration from one of Mexico's oldest churches in San Cristóbal.

Posted by Patricia Ferrer, PA-C


Scott Bolhack, MD said...


Thank you for the update! Please send my regards to all. Cannot wait to get back there again.


Unknown said...

So great to read your and Ethan's account. Don Sergio sounds wonderful!