Clinic Blog: 2011 Mexico Clinic Blog
June 3, 2011
Day 11: And the winners are…. 10,654 patients!
...and all good things come to an end. Today was the last day at our clinic, a bitter-sweet day for us all volunteers.
We started at our usual time, knowing this would have been a hard day both for the number of patients and for the packing we needed to do. Most of the patients were kids, and this definately helped in keeping the spirits up. In fact we all started to feel a bit sad that this adventure was coming to an end.
Overall, in the 10 days of clinic we visited and donated eyewear to 10, 654 people...600+ more than originally planned. I don't want to brag...BUT WE ROCK!!!
After taking care of the last patient, we immediately started to pack everything up. Some of the materials will go back to the office in Cincinnati, others will go straight to another mission and we wanted to make sure that all will be ready and neatly packed for the next group of volunteers. It was not easy task, but we were done pretty quickly....and happy to find at the end cold drinks offered by our local partners: the Rotary Club, the Devlyn foundation, DIF and the Department of Health. They all honored OneSight and our team with a closing ceremony. Gifts and thanks were shared, as well as hugs and promises to keep in touch. Tons of pictures were taken...by us and of us.. almost as if we were celebrities. All volunteers were gifted with a handcrafted souvenir of Puebla.
The time to part came very soon, and as we arrived we were ready to board the bus from the clinic for the last time.
As this is our last post...or ..well, no...not yet. Please come back next week for the final piece to officially close this blog. A lot of things to be said, memories and emotions to be shared...but some time is needed before that to let everything sink in a bit.
Meanwhile, we are off for an evening of goodbyes, and tomorrow our journey back home!
Hasta luego Puebla! y muchas gracias OneSight!