Clinic Blog: 2011 Fishkill 1 Clinic Blog
July 12, 2011
Conquering our fears!
Today we were back at Hidden Valley and had more help from our partners at Topcon. They helped us out in registration, pre-screening, and frame selection. We pre-screened 140 kids today and Dr Mita saw over 50 of them as the sole doctor with us today!
Mike and Rupe both made their first pair of glasses from beginning to end. In order to convince one of the campers to do the NCT Crys had to ‘shoot’ Jeremiah six times in the eye with the tonometer. Jeremiah took one for the team because it worked!
I enjoyed working the front of the van, where I greeted the campers and got them ready for Dr. Mita. While we waited I had the opportunity to talk with the campers! I found that there were a lot of kids that had never had an eye exam before. It was fun to explain what to expect during the exam. One of the campers was very excited to know that she was going to be able to see at school! Perhaps the most humorous encounter I had was a girl who was asking about the vision van she was on last year, SeeMore. I was explaining to her that all of the vision vans names are related to optics. It was hilarious watching her face as she understood EyeLeen, SeeMore, Iris, EyeVan. Our last encounter at camp for the day was at ABC when we parked EyeLeen. A counselor approached Dawn and asked where SeeMore was. Dawn told her that SeeMore was resting peacefully. She was alarmed and said “not Rest In Peace peacefully, right?!” Dawn promised to email her pictures so that she could see his smiling face anytime!
A special thanks to camp counselors Kyle, Kevin, Sarah, Jules, & Sam for guiding us through the high ropes course this evening! We all had a great time – even though some of us were very far outside of our comfort zone. We had three activities – all about twenty five feet off of the ground. The first was the catwalk - a horizontal log between two trees that we had to cross with no assistance. The second was ships passing in the night - a wire where two of us started at opposite ends and had to cross to the other side (passing each other along the way). The final challenge was the leap of faith - a single pole that we had to climb up, stand on top, and then jump off and try to grab a trapeze. Anne, Jeremiah, & Matt were the only ones able to get to the very top.
Tomorrow we will be back at Camp ABC where we expect to see 220 campers. Goodnight EyeLeen.
Quote of the Day:
“So does this shoot you in the eye?”
“Bring it, dude. Bring it.”