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Curbside Consults

Nov 9

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11/9/2017 10:09 PM  RssIcon

Earlier in the week, there was a day where we didn’t really know where our clinic was going to be. We had to live in moment and pray that God would show up. Today was different. We knew when we packed our bags and loaded the bus, God would take us where He needed us to be.

Our first stop was at the same batey from yesterday. When we came down the hill, there was a line of 20 people waiting for us. We treated about 175 people this morning, and everything ran like clockwork. Ann Marie Niemer assisted the providers by treating many wound care patients – many were injured from motorcycle or machete accidents. Most were infected because it’s hard to keep the wounds clean. (I also got to assist in the wound care, and Ann Marie and I ran the lab all week, running pregnancy, A1C and blood glucose tests.)

We saw three siblings who each had a congenital umbilical hernia. (A fourth sibling who wasn’t there also had one). One man with a broken leg came to the clinic, and we were intrigued by the extensive surgical hardware on the outside of his leg.

Dr. Yockey performed an incision and drainage on a badly infected C-section incision, and she also did an ultrasound on a woman who thought she was pregnant, but was scared because she had had several miscarriages in the past and wasn’t confident she was still pregnant, or that the baby was alive. Dr. Yockey, assisted by Karen Moore, showed the woman her baby on the ultrasound and the woman raised her hands and praised God.

We ended our time there by treating all our interpreters and their families. They have been a godsend this week. After lunch, our host suggested that since we had seen everyone in the batey, that we could stop at another batey down the road. We took a vote … head back to the hotel or go to the second batey. It was unanimous. We were going.

This is something we had never done before – two clinic sites in one day – so we really had no idea what to expect. The people in this batey had no idea we were coming, and so they were surprised when our two buses pulled up on the side of the road in front of the batey. Our team leaders hopped out to scope out the site, and within minutes they had a plan.

Within 15 minutes, triage was set up, six providers were seeing patients under palm trees and our bus was converted into a pharmacy, where we dispensed medicine from one of the windows. We treated 117 patients in 90 minutes.

When we were finished, Sam and Cliff played games with the kids, and everyone waved goodbye to us as we drove away, exhausted. Although we have no intention of saving the world, we know we are serving the world one person at a time.

7 comment(s) so far...


Re: Curbside Consults

MASH relived - Mobile Amita Surgical Hospital, 2 set ups in one day and Pharmacy in a bus! What a great effort! Great job! Now one more day of hard work and after this long day then you can reflect who in the group is Hawk eye, Radar and Houlihan?

By Dave on   11/10/2017 6:20 AM

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What a great job on such short notice day, to do 2 clinic sites, set up a pharmacy ,
The fact that these people had no idea the team was coming was a gift from God, he knew the people needed you. DR McKenna I am proud of you, with your Intern year most residents are focused only on getting through the 1st year. But you
have put the needs of the less fortunate ahead of that, this says a lot about your character. God Bless you and safe return for everyone!!

By Diane Novak on   11/10/2017 9:45 AM

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Great job with the lab Ann Marie and Julie!

Thank you all for your sacred work this week. We're praying for you.

By Tricia Treft on   11/10/2017 10:19 AM

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Amazing work !! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!

By Tiarra Green on   11/10/2017 10:42 AM

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What a great picture KAREN MOORE and Dr. Yockey! PRICELESS. Made my day. Thank you all what you are doing! Safe travels
Looking forward to hearing of your journey.

WIS Alexian Brothers

By Peggy Farrell on   11/10/2017 1:03 PM

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The AMITA Cancer Center kept you all in their prayers this week. Showed the pictures from the site in Huddle and talked about what an amazing mission trip you are on and how proud we are that daily we live out our mission. God Bless you all.

By Pat Quast on   11/10/2017 5:56 PM

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Amazing job Dr. McKenna and the whole team. Safe travels back home with memories that will last lifetime. Such rewarding work. God Bless you all.

By Janice Recio on   11/11/2017 2:35 PM

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