Clinic Blog: 2012 Chicago Clinic Blog
April 26, 2012
Today we saw 310 students in clinic. This was the highest number of students yet. It was a busy day and everyone worked super hard...and we are EXHAUSTED! Here are some entries from the team members...
(in the clinic flow, auto refraction immediately follows tonometry...while both machines look the same, they are very different. Tono gives the puff of air, and auto is just them looking at a picture to get a starting point for their Rx)
Today's memorable sayings from Auto Refraction:
- You gonna shoot me again
- I just did this
- I don’t need any more air in my eye
One kid came into auto trying to act all tough, saying that the air didn’t bother him and he doesn’t know what everyone was upset about in tonometry. I told him well this one shoots water in your eyes. He looked at me, like are you crazy, and I kept telling him it shot water and to stick your head in there. He was nervous and kept backing back out. He finally said that he was going to the other line, but I told him that one shot salt water. After that he stuck his head in and laughed when I told him it was over. He said “that’s it? There’s no water. -Rob Strotman
Today I was in Acuities where we had the kids cover one eye and tell us which way the “legs” are pointing on the “E’s”. It is very much like our Cycle of Sights in Cincinnati and yet different. I had a young man that we were trying to get a near reading for him and couldn’t. He was so sweet and quiet.
I want to put a shout out to the EyeMed Membership team, I miss you guys! I know you are rocking it out! I’m wearing my Life Beads and think of you all often! To my family and friends, love and miss you! -Brenda Taylor
Hello, Cincinnati! We’ve already helped nearly 1,000 children this week. Many of the kids have broken glasses. Some kids are even using glasses of other family members in desperation. For the last two days I’ve been in the frame selection room where those who need glasses get to choose from the many frames generously donated. Some of the kids are so excited to get glasses. Several kids exclaimed, “Wow, you have some really pretty ones!” It’s great that the kids receive glasses that they will actually wear – making it even more likely they will benefit from the vision correction.
I love and miss my family and friends, but it’s worth the time away to be able to help. I’ve been especially impressed with the kindness and welcoming of those in Chicago. The Chicago Clinic is definitely a partnership with the local community that could not run so smoothly without tons of support from Chicago Public Schools and other regional volunteers. -Connie Feick