Clinic Blog: 2012 Los Angeles Clinic Blog
March 28, 2012
Racers Start Your Engines!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Wind brisk, sky cloudy and air filled with excitement! Yes, it’s the first day our Los Angeles Clinic. Our team is revved up! Pink shirts – check! Coffee in hand – check! Machines shined up and waiting for little recipients to come – check! And we’re off. . . !
Registration began outside with our first school arriving with, are you ready for this, 127 students! . They came fully equipped with a large cardboard name tag, safety pinned to their little jackets, made by the accompanying nurse. We start off fast and strong! As they moved through the clinic some are guided by our partner, actress Ellen Hollman. She was a huge contributor to this clinic. She is the head of the non-profit charity Visual Impact Now, which solicits the help of other actors and actresses and provides assistance with the ground work of our clinic and with raising funds. Although beautiful, this gem is not afraid to get in there, roll her sleeves up and do the real work. Truly, we could not have done the clinic without her. Thanks Ellen – you’re the best!!!
As we headed around the bend, we screened an additional two schools today, which brought our daily total to 179! Of that number 162 actually needed glasses. Not bad for a team’s first day on the job. There were a few shifts and process and positions along the way but we made it!
Some of our Team had great stories to share from their first day’s experiences, take a listen.
“After Christian had picked out his frames, he turned to me and said ‘Can I take them home today?’ I love that our kids are excited to receive and wear their glasses”
“A little guy about 8 looked into the Auto Refractor. He poked his head up and asked ‘Is that a farm . , , is it a wheat field?’ I said ‘yes, can you see it?’ He said ‘Yes, it’s beautiful!’”
“A little boy came up to frame selection and said ‘Wow, everyone is so nice here’ and I replied, ‘That’s how it should be all the time’, he responded ‘but their not’”.
“Kids don’t love to get their eyes dilated but these kids today were tough, they took it like champs”
A great start to a great Clinic! We came, we saw, we crossed the finished line with the checkered flag waving in victory!