Clinic Blog: 2012 Thailand 2 Clinic Blog
December 5, 2012
Happy Birthday to the King - Clinic Day 7
Today was a ½ day of clinic due to our clinic site being used in the morning for a celebration honoring and showing respect to the King, as today was his 85th birthday. Our team was invited to participate, so we went up on stage and gave an honoring, then preceded to the river to release fish. It’s said that you will have good luck if you make a wish on a fish. Let's hope so! Each day of the week is assigned a color in Thailand, and because the King was born on a Monday, the entire country was decorated with yellow today. We even had special team shirts to wear, yellow in color, to show respect. Knowing we only had a half day to see patients, our team kicked it into gear after lunch and we saw 966 patients in 4.5 hours (200 of which were children). An awesome day!
Yesterday was our second day off – we were treated to a magnificent day in Pattaya, immersed in Thai culture. We toured the Teak Palace, went on elephant rides, saw a show featuring the popular “lady boys” and had dinner. Our hosts in Thailand are so incredibly gracious and giving – we are very lucky to have such strong partnerships here.
Tomorrow is our last day of clinic – so hard to believe. Time really does fly!