Clinic Blog: 2012 Mexico 2 Clinic Blog
August 30, 2012
Clinic Day 3 – Quality, not Quantity
We saw 1,064 recipients today. It was our largest day, however it felt the smoothest. We were a well oiled machine today that showcased our great teamwork. Someone mentioned today that the other local volunteers assumed we all new each other already. She had to clarify that the team just met a couple days earlier and most didn't know anyone coming to the clinic.
We’ve had some incredible Mexican food at lunch each day at clinic. Now this isn’t your Taco Bell type Mexican food, but true authentic food. I’ve posted a picture below – yum!
There have been 3-5 volunteers each day from the local Mexico Luxottica office. They have been a fantastic help each day. They ended the day with a dance to the Macarena song. Picture below!
Today we had a 40 year old woman who was a -14.00 in both eyes and did not have a pair of glasses. She had not worn glasses in a long time. Dr. Cindy and myself took her out of line and with our translator Aida’s help we hand picked a -11.00-1.00 OU which as soon as she put them on she smiled so big. We had Ana follow us over to the sun area and with Meredith’s help we selected a group of sunglasses that might fit over her new glasses. Jackie walked her over to dispensing and adjusted her new glasses and a pair of sunglasses. Guest Blogger -- Jenna Morse Sears Optical 571
Only 24 hours passed since I wrote my little story, but today a couple of clinic patients touched my heart so much I have to share it with you all.
A 4 year old girl by the name Rosio came to dispensing area, to pick up her first pair. Her prescription was high enough to celebrate a perfect match. It was a joined effort. My friend Tracy Woywitka did a major adjustment of the frame to give little Rosio a perfect fit with her first glasses. We were determined that she has a perfect fit. I dug up a pair of soft, little nose pads and voila. The sweetie could read the acuity chart flawlessly and after being asked by us how it felt to have these glasses on, she said MUY BONITO and smiled sincerely. We all clapped with joy and of course took a picture to share it with you.
Also this afternoon I had a gentleman in middle fifties. I asked him “Que tal”, which in Spanish means “how are you”. In response he opened part of his shirt and said he was a survivor of a heart attack (a huge scar run along his chest) and said that he wanted to see as much as he possibly could. The optical pair he got was a close enough match to make him smile and read the acuity chart with no problem, but what he was also very happy about was a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses. He said to me that he dreamt his entire life to have one of those. His happiness was mine as well!!! Jose’s picture follows.
Thank you my family and friends for helping me in my fundraising efforts. This is a big part of why we can help it happen. Guest Blogger -- Eva Zawadzki