“Thankful for…” (The Guatemala Version)

Thanksgiving Day is almost here for our readers in the United States and those who celebrate this holiday around the world. As we think of many blessings for which to give thanks, quite a few come to mind from Guatemala!

“Hugs!”

“Creativity.”

“Lake Atitlan.”

“Vibrant colors.”

“Flowers.”

“The smell of warm corn tortillas.”

“The people.”

With Guatemala in mind, what’s on your “thankful for” list?

The Vital Words Communications Team is also thankful for all of you who have partnered with us as we seek to help healthcare professionals, translators and many others to serve Guatemalans well. ¡Mil gracias!

Un Regalito Perfecto

Do you know anyone heading off on a medical mission trip to Guatemala this summer? How about someone who just graduated with a degree in Spanish? Or maybe someone who is going to be studying Spanish or medicine this coming school year?

Then, of course, there is Father’s Day…

Whatever the celebration, don’t forget that Understanding the Guatemalan Patient could be un regalito perfecto – a perfect little gift!

Order your copy today on Amazon or contact us for bulk pricing.

Now Available in Guatemala!

Exciting news! Understanding the Guatemalan Patient is now available in Guatemala thanks to Casa del Alfarero (Potter’s House) in zona 3, Guatemala City! Even better, proceeds of each book purchased through Potter’s House will support their health program. For contact information or to learn more about the work at Potter’s House, visit their “Contact Us” page: http://pottershouse.org.gt/contact-us/ . Glossary basket pic

 

Don’t live in or visit Guatemala? Understanding the Guatemalan Patient is still available on Amazon.)

¡Felicidades a Guatemala!

Congratulations to Guatemala on her new president-elect Jimmy Morales! We hope and pray that Jimmy Morales will be a true servant-leader for his country. May truth and justice prevail under his leadership, and may Guatemala flourish in the years ahead.

In honor of the election held this past Sunday, we are offering another “BOGO” (Buy One, Get One) sale on Understanding the Guatemalan Patient. For each copy you purchase (up to 10 copies) between now and midnight on Monday, November 2, you will receive another copy FREE! This is a perfect offer for organizations or teams working in Guatemala. No coupon code required, so make your purchase today!

Glimpses of Guatemala: Tikal

You start your day early and arrive at Tikal while morning’s cool touch still covers the jungle. As you follow your guide down the dirt trails, birds greet you with their chirps and whistles. You pass the great ceiba tree, the national tree of Guatemala. If you look down, perhaps you’ll see butterflies gathered around a puddle or ants intent on a destination.

Once you reach the Grand Plaza with the two temples facing each other, you take a break as you also take in the history and scenery around you.

Then you’re off to reach Temple IV further on in the jungle. Not fully excavated, Temple IV can be climbed by wooden ladder-steps. Somehow these look safer than the steep, uneven stone steps you saw at the Grand Plaza.

Up you go, step by step. When you finally reach the very top, you sit down and look. You are above the canopy of the jungle, so nothing impedes your view. What was that deep roar? A howler monkey? You read that they can be heard 5 miles away…

As you sit there, you welcome a sense of wonder. Wonder over the beauty before your eyes. Wonder over the diversity of the animals and plants you’ve seen. Wonder over the intelligence and skill of a people who built and understood so much centuries ago. As you make your way down the wooden steps and drive to a hotel for dinner, you certainly have plenty to think about.

I have been to Tikal 22 times and there was always something to wonder over. This part of Guatemala reflects the rest of the country in that it is a place of wonder. You could say it’s wonder-full.

Baby Cheeks & Folk Medicine Practices (A Story about Cachetes)

 

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Here’s a Guatemalan baby being carried on his mother’s back. Don’t you love the colorful fabrics?

“Aw, Tía Elena, look at that baby!” Emily said. Together, aunt and niece watched the little fellow being carried through the mall.

“Those cheeks!” Tía Elena smiled. “Now we might call those cachetes.”

Emily had to grin. As a Spanish-English interpreter, her Tía Elena couldn’t help dropping in a little language lesson now and then. “Cachetes, huh?”

, and it looks like his mamá took good care of them, too.” She stopped in front of a mirror and gave a silly smile. “Kind of like mine. No sagging cheeks for me!”

Emily giggled at her aunt’s antics.

“You can laugh,” Tía Elena said, “but if my mamita had stood me up on my little baby feet too early, my cheeks might have ‘fallen’ and been saggy for life!”

Emily raised an eyebrow. “Seriously?”

“Well, that’s what Mamá thought until a doctor kindly told her not to worry about it much. And look at me now!” She gave her cheeks one last playful pat before hauling Emily off to her favorite shoe store.

That night, Emily decided to check out Tía Elena’s story. Sure enough, her smartphone delivered  the answer: her tía hadn’t made it up! Hey, this Understanding the Guatemalan Patient looks pretty cool! Maybe I could get it for Tía Elena for Christmas. She’d like it. And it would even be small enough to fit in her huge-but-almost-full purse! Emily added the book to her Amazon cart and proceeded to checkout.

Looking for a gift for a medical interpreter or a language lover? Full of interesting words and folk medicine/cultural tidbits, Understanding the Guatemalan Patient is sure to bring hours of education and fun. And with our “BOGO” (Buy-1-Get-One) special offer through midnight (CDT) on Monday, October 19, 2015, there’s even more reason to check it out today! (No coupon code required.)