Clinic Blog: 2012 South Africa Clinic Blog
February 8, 2012
Day 2: Bats, Bifocals and Babies"s
Our first clinic day and location was a success, starting with a fly-over welcome, (the picture of our winged performer tells it all) and ending with tears of joy and gratitude. Our fearless leaders and already cohesive team navigated through unforeseen challenges, as we set up to provide care to Khula village. This is my first clinic, and by far the hardest part of the day is now adequately explaining the pure joy of putting a pair of glasses on a face full of anticipation….and watching the transformation (even harder than it was for this Midwest EyeMed sales girl to explain bifocals in Zulu!) A whole world is opened up to these patients, and it immediately shows in the light of their face. Wow. Choking back tears now as I write about it. Though many times I thought to myself that this work is not for the faint at heart, I humbly admit that I can’t imagine any eyes being more opened to new a view than those of my own today. You may notice from our entries today that we are quite a patchwork quilt from around the globe – check out Google Translate to keep up!– Abby
This from Ellie: We had an amazing first day. We had some issues with our Inventory Management System that had us selecting glasses “old school”. It was a great opportunity for me to teach some of our non-optical team members how to pick the proper prescription without using a computer! I haven’t NOT used computers for picking since the very early years when we did clinics, so it was fun to go hunting through the boxes to find that perfect pair! Our European team mates had to tolerate explanations from me about the process, but learned so quickly it was positively mind-blowing. The team is gelling beautifully and we are functioning at a level that is beyond expectation. I am so proud to be a member of this clinic team and it’s only the 1st day!
Now , a shout out to one of my customers back home. Barbara! I regret to inform you that the water doesn’t go counterclockwise. I’ve checked multiple times.
To my husband… Rex, thanks for being so supportive and letting me leave you 13 times since we’ve been married to “go save the world,” You don’t know how much I appreciate you. But I couldn’t do it without you.
To my store… Hope you’re making plan and missing me. Wish you could be here to experience this with me. Now go clean the breakroom.
This from Max: I am always so amazed at clinic how the team comes from all over the world, not knowing one another, and we simply blend and unite and become this amazing team whose goal is to give the gift of sight. This team is no exception….we just did what needed to be done and were always there to help one another out to make our first day of clinic such a success. Today was so specail, we overcame language barriers and slight hiccups and saw some wonderful people whose radiant smile was true evidence of the joy we have provided. I know I am blessed to have this honor to be a part of OneSight. We have a great team and our Docs ROCK!!! Our leadership team is truly a pleasure to work with. I want to say to SGH Region #121 keep sharing the passion of OneSight and thank you for all your support! To my team at Store #5541…you are awesome!!!! Big Hugs!!!!
This from Marion: Hallo aus Mtubatuba! Im Gegensatz zu Deutschland ist es hier heiss und extreme schwuel. Um den sicheren Hitzekollaps zu umgehen, habe ich die OneSight Shirts neu designed: Das enge Buendchen am Hals (siehe Trophae am Arm) habe ich abgeschnitten – und damit einen neuen Trend geschaffen. Hier sprechen alle vom Marion-Cut, ich musste ettliche Shirts entsprechend umgestalten…
“oooohh, I am feeling much better now” das waren die dankbaren Kommentare :o)
Das schoenste Erlebnis fur mich heute war eine aeltere Frau die von mir eine Lesebrille erhalten hat und so gluecklich war wieder lessen zu koennen, dass sie ihr Anmeldeformular von oben bis unten vorgelesen hat. Sie war nicht zu stoppen und strahlte ueber das ganze Gesicht!
Thank you OneSight!
This from Marco: Ciao a tutti da Mtubatuba. Prima vera giornata di clinica e che emozioni!!! I posti, I compagni di missione ma soprattutto le persone che incontri, una quantita’ di emozioni che sono difficili da spiegare. L’incontro piu’ “speciale” di oggi e’ stato quello con una bimba di forse un anno e mezzo, una pupetta meravigliosa che, forse perche’ l’unica piccina arrivata fino al picking ha raccolto I doni e le attenzioni di tutti noi. Le mie bambine, quando hanno saputo che partivo mi hanno preparato una borsa con dei peluche per I bambini del Sud Africa dicendomi di darglieli da parte loro, oggi l’ho fatto, ho dato un piccolo tigro a quella bimba e quando lo ha stretto forte a se e l’emozione e’ stata enorme.
Credo che ogni giorno ci riservera’ una sorpresa, un’emozione sempre piu’ grande, anche grazie allo splendido team di cui sono fiero di far parte.