First day of medical clinic in Navotas is a success. The day saw about 150 patients. In addition to our team, a Filipino doctor and dentist joined us for parts of the day.
The dentist used lidocaine on most of the teeth pulling, but the patients get teeth pulled all the time without it. It's so gruesome to watch. I was sitting at the triage table, forced to look in that direction. Ugh! The patients are so brave to go through that so often.
My role as "floating" triage was full of kids with coughs and runny noses and adults with arthritis and back pain. I didn't see anything crazy today.
The dentists that came to help out, asked to be fed lunch. So the clinic was rearranged to make a long table to eat. This is getting to the end of lunch hour and I'm so hungry and tired and getting cranky. The dentist crew takes up the whole table and apparently most of the food that had been prepared for lunch. I'm staring at them, mouth watering, all of a sudden miffed that they got to eat before us! As I realize my attitude, I see a dozen or so hungry faces waiting at the gate of the church, patiently waiting to see the doctor. They probably aren't getting lunch at all and here I am acting entitled to food first??? It was such a good reminder not to bring my first world expectations to Navotas.
Also, when we did get to eat, the dentist started back up on pulling teeth. His next victim was a blind and deaf girl who also seemed developmentally delayed. She screamed through the whole ordeal/our lunch....
I got to hold Lindsay, pictured above, last year. She came to the clinic as a tiny, under-nourished 4 month old, blind in both eyes and cared for by adoptive parents. When I saw her today, she is living her grandmother. I don't know if that's the whole truth, but she seems to be getting good care. It made my heart swell to see her and hold her again.