Bahamas – Hatcher’s Bay Clinic

By Jennifer Becerra

Today, we woke up at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for the day. By 7:30 a.m., we were ready to head out to Hatcher’s Bay Clinic.

After making some drop offs, we arrived at the clinic at about 9:30 a.m. We did home visits this day. We began by visiting an elderly woman who was a couple houses down the road from the clinic.

When we arrived, we were greeted by her warming and cheerful presence. We quickly assessed her legs for edema, took her blood pressure, pulse and temperature. We also did a glucose test and checked that she still had enough medication.

The next person we visited was another elderly lady further down the road. This woman had dementia and was in a wheelchair. We checked her vitals and her glucose levels as well.

Lastly we visited an older man. We did his vitals and noticed he had a very elevated blood pressure. However, he did not believe in taking medicine so the nurse advised him to take an herbal tea he takes to lower his blood pressure and that she would be back in two days to check his pressure again.

From there we went back to the clinic and began filling our orders for hurricane supplies that the clinic needed. These orders would be sent to Nassau, which would send the supplies over for before hurricane season begins in June. 

After the clinic, we headed over to the One Eleuthera Foundation headquarters for a tour of the Center for Training and Innovation (CTI).

We learned so much from that tour and from the people who run the foundation. The foundation has invested in training many students to build hotel buildings, sidewalks, gardens and growing crops at the headquarters.

The students take courses and become licensed at the end of the program. It was incredible to see that some of the buildings were built from the ground up by students and some had no prior building experience. It was also amazing to hear the plans that the Foundation had for expanding, with the goal of bettering their community.

One of the major things I learned today was how powerful having big dreams and determination can be. The CEO of One Eleuthera talked to us about how much the Foundation has done and how much more there needs to be done. His goal was to provide his community with resources such as providing training and licensures that people could then transfer to other jobs once they graduated.

It was great to meet these community leaders and see how united Eleuthera really is and the vision they have for themselves in the future.

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