Clinic Blog: 2011 Detroit Clinic Blog
April 29, 2011
Sunny Friday and the Week in Review
Today was our fourth day of the clinic and final day for the first week before we take a break during the weekend and then will resume clinic again on Monday. We saw 278 students today with 231 of them needing eyeglasses, giving us a 83.1% of need. For the week we saw a total of 1097 students with 936 of them needing eyeglasses, giving us a 85.3% of need thus far for the clinic. It goes to show how much of a need and impact we are making in the Detroit community.
There was a little girl who came in today who was really shy and bashful. She was very hesitant about the whole process and really did not want to go through any of the tests. One of our core team members, Amber, walked her through the process first to show her what each station did to help put her at ease. Amber even went with her as each test was performed with her and became her buddy throughouit the day, even helping her pick out her brand new glasses at the end.
Jens and Gabi were our team members in charge of the dilation station today. If anyone knows about kids and dilation, you know this is usually not the kids favorite test to have done. However, Jens and Gabi were able to make things easy and smooth for the kids, laughing and having them make funny faces to help make the process less stressful on them.
Desha was in charge of the auto-refraction station today and one of the last students was having a hard time opening his eyes enough for Desha to get an accurate reading for the doctors. So Desha has the kid do various stretches to help loosen him up and make him more relaxed. However, the student had noticed Desha didnt touch her toes during the stretch and kinda called her out on it. So Desha went all the way down to touch her toes, much to the laughter of the little boy, but may have stretched just a bit much. So if you see Desha, give her a pat on the back (not too hard though) and maybe help her walk a bit because she might be a bit sore after today!
Today did have a bit of a somber mood today as we had to say goodbye to two of our team members today. Dawn, one of our team leaders and Dr Easter, one of our local doctors, are leaving us after today. Dr Easter will be going back to work at one of our local stores here in the Detroit area and Dawn will be enjoying some well deserved time off away from work. Thank you Dr Easter and Dawn! Great Job by both of you!!
The majority of the team will be on a tour of the Detroit area tomorrow while others will be venturing off to unwind and relax on their own. Sunday is also a free day for everyone but something tells me Sunday is going to be laundry day for alot of us
Thanks for reading!
Detroit 2011 Team