Clinic Blog: 2013 Thailand Clinic Blog
January 14, 2013
Orientation and training - official start of clinic
The team woke up well rested after having a great night at the home of a local government official. We had great local food and beer and a few brave souls got up on stage and sang karaoke! We met the secretary to the king of Cambodia! This morning, We had a small briefing then headed to the clinic site which is a few minutes from the hotel at a local elementary school. We broke into groups and had a chance to learn all aspects of the clinic process, from visual acuity, dilation and auto-refracting to eye health, inventory, and dispensing. After orientation, our hosts took us to a great restaurant along the banks of the Mekong River where we dined alfresco on local food, including some awesome Tom yum soup! After dinner we had a chance to participate in a thai tradition of lighting paper lanterns and sending them off into the night sky. The lanterns signify sending all the bad energy and obstacles in your life away...it was a great beginning to what is going to be a great clinic! The entire team is excited to get started and we plan on helping 900 people receive the gift of sight tomorrow! Sawadii khup!