Nicolet Nursing Instructor braves challenges to deliver health care to Mexico?s poor
Sue Perry has been held at gun point, been part of a caravan of vehicles mistakenly suspected of running drugs, slept in dwellings where rats run up and down the walls all night, and had a baby named after her.
These aren’t typical vacation experiences for most people. But then again, Sue, a Nicolet Nursing instructor, isn’t most people.
She’s encountered these situations and many others on trips she’s made to Mexico to provide basic health care to the poorest of the poor.
Sue recently completed her ninth goodwill visit visits to the region with a group from Concordia College. During the years, they’ve provided care to an estimated 4,000 people.
“It’s such an incredibly rewarding experience,” Sue said. “Doing this kind of work really gives you a new perspective on things. It’s a reality check, a lifestyle check.”
Despite the bleak living conditions–the cleanliness is atrocious–the people of the region have learned how to live quite happily with next to nothing, she added.
“They aren’t encumbered by all of the stuff we have and are so appreciative of the health care we provide to them. It really hits home and helps you see what is important in life. That’s why I keep going back.”