Lightning Doesn’t Strike Twice, But Thrice…

Blog by Volunteer Doctor Jesus Niebla, MD (United Kingdom) I am a man who before this trip was scared (well I’d say apprehensive) of heights, mountain paths with sheer drops and free running river crossings. I was not too fond of thunderstorms either. In the early hours of the 16th of July I set off […]

“I don’t believe that bad boys exist, just poorly trained or poorly taught” – Sergeant Rolando Diaz Brenes

When you open your eyes and look around you I believe that you can find heroes everywhere.  Those every day champions whom decide to take the road less traveled, those that put others before themselves, and understand that service to others is the most rewarding path to happiness.  I am always stuck by the stories […]

“Me llamo Ravi. Soy su Doctor”

Today’s blog was written by one of our recent volunteers, Dr. Ravi Chokshi, just beginning a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.  These are his thoughts and impressions of our 4-day mobile clinic up in the mountains to a remote village called La Sabana, or ‘The Grasslands.”  Over 200 patients were seen, including pediatric and trauma […]

To: Los Angeles With all my love and heart: Sky Blue

I believe everything that we do in this life has a cost and a benefit associated with it—at times the cost that you pay for the decision you have made far out weighs any benefit you may gain while the profit that you get from another totally justifies the negatives.  A cynic would say I […]

“The breaking of a wave cannot explain a whole sea”

For me the sea has always been where I turn for inspiration, solace, and wonder.  The night I was born I breathed thick salt air and first heard the sound of long Pacific swells rolling onto whispering sand, and from that day my life was held forever in the sea’s net of wonders.  My mom […]

Letter from the Director of Operations

For the Floating Doctors, 2011 was a year that was marked by thousands of patients seen, turbulent ocean crossings, and hundreds of boxes of medication and medical supplies distributed. It was our most successful year to date in terms of patients treated, countries visited, and partnerships formed.  The 12 months cemented our belief that the […]

In the End We are all Just Wild Things

The Floating Doctors have been in Panama now for nearly nine months and during that time period we have been asked to help in a lot of different situations: sick babies, communities in need of medical attention, patient transports, even the removal of bot flies on a remote finca or two but last week left […]

“Say that he loved old ships…”

Ah, the Asilo…one of the places we heard about here in Panama when we were still in Honduras. We found a unit seldom visited by a doctor (in a year), but with a wonderful staff of no more than a cook, cleaner and nurse on each of the two 8 hour day shifts and 2 […]

Reaching Out To The Community Of Bocas

When I last posted in June, a couple of months in, we had just started to really connect with the various subcultures in the Bocas Province, and some situations we quickly identified for interventional projects were as yet beyond our reach. Now we have many more friends and contacts in the community, and we can […]

Mobile Clinics over 4,600 Square kilometers

The last time I wrote a blog, an unconscionable number of months ago, we had recently arrived here to Bocas del Toro and I ended the blog excited by what might be possible over the coming months…now those coming months have passed, and it is time to catch everyone up and take stock of what […]