Goodbye summer, Hello PD1

As the start of the school draws near, I am currently reflecting on some of the things I did in the summer:

Mexico Mission Trip!

was one of the most rewarding experiences I had with my church. There were three teams total : VBS team who taught worships and arts&crafts to children, construction team who built furniture for the homes, and the medical team–doctors, nurses, a dentist, a pharmacist Laurel and her assistant, me. Initially, I was a bit nervous as I anticipated what it would be like to work with a pharmacist and to interact with the local population.

Beautiful homes of Celestun, Mexico

Celestun, Mexico

On the first day, we arrived in Celestun, a small village located about 6-7 hours from Cancun, Mexico. There, we began our mission by setting up tables and chairs at the City Hall.

http://bit.ly/14SpwNB Welcome to Farmacia..;)

As soon as we arranged the medicines by their types on the table, we were ready to meet our first patient. A gold-skinned lady handed me a prescription note from doctor and dentist that read, “multivitamin 1 tab/1d, Tyrenol 3 tad , Amoxacillin 250 mg liquid.”

my duty was to read the prescriptions correctly and prepare the appropriate medicines, and Laurel confirmed and made sure they were right.

my job was to prepare the appropriate medicines according to the prescriptions. Laurel confirmed this and instructed the patients.

Sometimes, the doctor’s notes had short descriptions like “headache” and “skin rash” on them, which enabled me to connect each medication to its functions. For example, when the Amoxacillin was prescribed by the dentist, I learned the patient had pulled a tooth and was susceptible to bacterial infection. If liquid Amoxacillin was being prescribed, we were dealing with a young child who couldn’t swallow pills. It was very interesting and encouraging to see the different choices of medications and how they suit each patient’s needs and body type.

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As we continued onto late afternoon, and to third and fourth day, we ran out of more frequently prescribed medicines like Clotrimazole and Robotussin. When this happened, it was vital to communicate this fact with the doctors and the dentist, and to ask for an alternate medication available. For the remaining days, we agreed to compile a list of medications left at the beginning of the day. This made sure that the medical team as a whole was on the same page with the number of medications available.  Our little inventory ritual proved to be successful. It definitely reduced the amount of us running back and forth to the rooms in the sweltering heat.

Meet Clavie (;

Meet Clabi (;

This is Clabi. After our hours are over, I ran over to the nearby church to help with the VBS team. At the end of the day, she came to me. Her eyes were saying, Hug me! She was the princess of our trip.

Two days until PD1 starts, and I am looking forward to learning in classes so that I can better serve in the opportunity like this mission trip. This trip showed me a glimpse of how fulfilling pharmacy career could be for me.