Clinic Blog: 2012 Thailand 2 Clinic Blog
November 30, 2012
“Now I feel alive” - Stories from our Docs
A story shared by Kyle Burgers, with Todd Racho & Nishi Mehdiratta
"A sweet 53 year old woman came to IMS with an Rx of -19.00 OU. Her current glasses were broken so she had nothing. Todd searched high and low for her Rx and came up with three pairs of -19's. Nishi put them on her and her face completely lit up & she immediately started pointing at everything around her, almost giddy. We gave her two pairs in case her new pair broke and she was ecstatic. Minutes later we were told what she said about the experience: "When I came in here, I felt dead, but now I feel alive." *Tears and goosebumps* "
Written by Andrea Lasby:
Our doctor team has been keeping very busy over the last few days! Since beginning clinic, we have made over 300 referrals, ranging from cataracts to pterygia, glaucoma and retinal disease. Yesterday, Dr. Karen encountered a patient with undiagnosed glaucoma and intraocular pressure of 45mmHg! She quickly started him on pressure-lowering drops and sent him to the hospital immediately. Other interesting cases included a patient with a suspected melanoma on the surface of the eye that Dr. Katie referred to a local opthalmologist, as well as a patient who was diagnosed with a central vein occlusion by Dr. Angela. All in all, the doctors have had a wonderful time interacting with each and every patient, and have been blown away by the hospitality of our gracious hosts and the wonderful clinic facilities. We would especially like to thank the priceless local volunteers who help us translate, assist in holding targets and measuring visual acuities. For many of the volunteers, today was their last day, and their departure was met with lots of hugs and pictures. It may have only been three days, but it's easy to form relationships with such amazing people! Now, nearing the half-way point of our clinic days, the team has become more efficient and cohesive as our doctors continue to support and encourage each other, even with the sore backs & tired feet! We are excited and ready for another great day tomorrow!