Clinic Blog: 2012 Houston Clinic Blog
February 4, 2012
“I can see BIG now!!!” - Wrap Up from Week 1
All right, so here are the entries from a few of the team members throughout the week. Due to some technical difficulties, I was not able to get the blog up and running until today. Now that it is working, stayed tuned!
January 31st, 2012
Nichole: I know everyone has their own individual stories about changing these kids lives, and we totally are, but I wanted to give a quick shout out to the parents of the kids of Houston that we’re seeing. All, and I mean all, of the kids we have seen in the past two days have been the most polite, well mannered kids I have ever seen. Seriously Houston, way to go. One little boy specifically today stood out. Shawn and I had both finished taking P.Ds at the same time on the kids before and one little boy remained, patiently in the waiting area. We said he could pick one of us to go to. Shawn joked that he should come over to him because he was awesome and cool. The little boy looked between the two of us and said “Ladies first.” Seriously adorable. I told him had great manners which earned me, of course, a “Thank you ma’am” .
Brittany: so today marks the first day that I have been able to construct a pair of glasses including the lenses within five mins…I am so proud! A huge thank you to Nick, Shawn, Chris, Lindsey, and Luke for all their help and patience while teaching me the ins and outs to getting lenses in plastic frames!!! My thumbs might hate you but I LOVE YOU!!!
February 1, 2012
Monafeitha Darbonne, Lead Coordinator: All of the Coordinators are so happy starting today we are able to send out team members to dispense eyewear to schools. It feels so wonderful to see the pictures and hear the passion in the voices of our team members as they talk about the children seeing clearly for the very first time.
Also, today we had an extra special surprise as Target OTL Michelle and her husband Shane joined us for the day. They DROVE 3 HOURS TO from Lafayette , La to Houston, Tx to give the gift of sight!!! Michelle is a teammember of the recent 2012 Atlanta regional clinic.
Louis Cipriano:“Choice”-15 year old-had a pair of black plastic glasses that were broken. Heated a needle to thread them back together- really impressed Louis by the fact that he is striving to be a mechanical engineer. Louis dispersed his glasses on Wednesday.
Brittany: dispersed glasses on Wednesday to three different schools, including Joule. Joule got onto my lap and said “cheese” to have her picture taken. The look on their faces that expressed their gratitude was amazing.
Lexi and Bobby: Zelsa- a fifteen year from Welch middle school had a hard time seeing the house in the auto refractor, her prescription was L 14.50 –1.00 . Legally blind in one eye, her old glasses were very loose when they broke. Her favorite subject is science. Has to sit in the front of her class. When she picked out her glasses she had to put them directly in front of her eyes to see the colors and prints, and her glasses will be dispersed next week.
Brittany: Chris from Northline prescription is: L –4.50 -1.25 , R –4.50 –1.00 . Can’t see the board in class so his teacher, Mr. Ritsema, allows him to sit behind his desk and use his laptop to see the lessons being taught. Really impressed me how creative his teacher was in allowing him to excel even with the difficulty of vision problems. I’m going to send a small note to his teacher thanking him for his commitment to each of his students.
February 2, 2012
Monafeitha: Super THANKS to Sunglass Hut Reg. 110 (San Antonio/Laredo)!!! OneSight Captain, Evie #4566, Genevieve #5181, Quique #5441 Macy’s, Samantha #5472 Macy’s drove 3 hours from San Antonio to support our clinic in Houston!!!! Special shout out to Sunglass Hut Regional Manager, Sergio Hernandez for your support and inspiration. Good Luck to San Antonio , TX as they host a Vision Van Feb 9-10.
Brittany: had a young man come in, he was six years old accompanied by his nurse. He ended up needing a fair prescription, but it was more his shyness that stood out to me. He did not speak English, so it was not easy to communicate without his translator. However, I followed him into the doctors lanes where I took a picture with him, and his shyness went away. He fell into me as we took the picture and basically gave me a hug. When he had to have his eyes dilated, he started crying because it stung. But as he quieted, I noticed a great tenderness between him and his nurse. The connection she had with him was so motherly even though she was simply his caretaker. It truly made my day to see her take care of him in a way that was so simple yet so strong. He was definitely one of the standouts to me and the rest of the team.
HUGE thank you again to the City of Denver Health and Human Services! Working with them has been a most rewarding experience!!!!
Numbers from this week:
Monday: 238 children
Tueseday: 283 children
Wednesday: 317 children
Thursday: 303 children
Friday: 350 children
TOTAL IN FIRST WEEK: 1491 CHILDREN SEEN!!!!!!!
OKAY!!!! Lots of information from the first week! SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG! But now that it is working, I will be updating each day with a little more details in the stories as well as from different people. What I would like to say now is that the tenacity from the lab members from both labs is absolutely incredible. Even right now, on Saturday, when the core members are relaxing and cruising around the city, there are clinic members who are working hard back at the labs to finish all of the jobs from the first week. TALK ABOUT DEDICATION! Working as long as it takes to ensure each child is given the gift of sight, they slave over the machines and assemble each pair with finesse and care. Thank you to everyone who continues their hard work today!!!
Alrighty guys! Enjoy your weekend and please be safe!!!! Can’t wait to see you guys all together bright and early Monday morning! GOOSEBUMPS!!!!