THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 8

By Jean Bedell
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Our trip has ended. After waiting for 1-1/2 hours at the airport in Tampico for the fog to lift we had a safe, smooth flight Tampico-Houston-Denver. Oh, yes, there was one challenge. How does one convince an employee that one suitcase 3 lbs over 50 averages with one suitcase 3 lbs under 50 and there should be no extra charges? The last day is spent with final surgeries and patients and then (ugh) packing, and labeling, separating those things to bring back to Boulder, and those things to be stored securely in Mante. By 1:30, the last patient was seen, rooms emptied, doors locked, and trucks loaded. Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 8”

THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 5

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Today is Ash Wednesday. Traditionally folks sacrifice or give up something for the 40 days of Lent. Is it chocolate? Cervesa? Cigars? Complaining about the cold weather? Or nothing this year? Actually, here’s the scoop. Yesterday was Mardi Gras. A party-group spent the evening together hosted by one of our team. They toasted all of us and declared we were absolved of all our sins! Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 5”

THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 3

By Jean Bedell
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We’re talkin’ at LEAST chilly if not COLD. It’s 53 degrees Fahrenheit with showers in the afternoon.
Here’s what’s amazing about Mante flexibility. The opening ceremonies scheduled here for outdoors at the School of Nursing were moved across the street to a covered area of the Technological School. Chairs were set up; the instantaneous Spanish/English audio translation system was in place. Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 3”

THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 2

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VALENTINE’S DAY…Are all you readers pleased with the flowers and/or candy you have provided for your spouses, SOs, want-to-be SOs or just good friends? Many folks are wearing red jewelry or shirts. And the DIF women provided us with red heart-shaped suckers for the day. It is now just 2:30. Remember the old Peter, Paul and Mary song, “WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?” But to paraphrase, WHERE HAVE ALL THE PATIENTS GONE? Peds commented that it is like a final Friday afternoon. But there are still good things happening. Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 2”

THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 1

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BIEN VENIDO…WELCOME… to Cd. Mante, and to the 12th year of the FULL MANTE. What is new and different this year? There are fewer of us, totaling about 90 folks. This is due mainly because the EYE TEAM has not come. That means no cataracts, no pterygiums, strabismus repairs and no lenses distributed. We have a urologist with us but not an abundant supply of GU equipment. The supplies ALL arrived on time. The welcoming reception and inaguration of our 20th medical campaign will be on Monday, instead of Saturday. This is to accommodate the busy schedule of the wife of the governor of Tamaulipas. There are some intergenerational participants with Arjun Gill, Joey Macsalka and Andrew Bedell. Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 12, No 1”

Daily Camera LTE – Mission to Mante: Improving quality of life

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Can it be that ‘2010` has more than one meaning? Indeed it can. It was 20 years ago (1990) that the first group of health care workers traveled to Mante, Mexico. At that time, we were a group of 24 doctors, nurses and ancillary personnel who accepted the call and invitation of Dr. David Rodriguez.

Our goal was to provide medical care to poor persons in that mountain community. Sponsored by Boulder Rotary Club, Boulder Community Hospital and First Presbyterian Church, we saw many pediatric and adult problems, and completed surgeries in the local Civil Hospital. Conditions were not always ideal: the laundry was boiled in vats of water behind the hospital and hung out to dry.

The 2010 Medical Campaign is Feb. 10th to Feb. 21. Just short of 100 volunteers, we will likely see over 4,000 patients, and may complete about 300 surgical procedures. As our numbers have grown, and the procurement of high-tech medical equipment has increased, so also has our ability to provide more complex services to local residents.

Some procedures provide positive and dramatic outcomes such as the woman who had a 45-pound hernia removed. Rosa, age 12, had no external ear and cartilage was removed from her rib to fashion a cosmetic external ear. Parents of other children with congenital anomalies can only be given words of encouragement. A breast cancer support group meets regularly and openly to help women deal with the physical and psychological issues of cancer. Physical therapists provide hundreds of wheelchairs and walkers. Audiologists fit almost 200 children and adults with hearing aids.

And, it was 10 years ago that Boulder and Mante officially became sister cities. Our sister city relationship has blossomed with teacher exchanges, middle school student exchanges, cultural exchanges and assistance for a special needs school.

Susan Osborne, mayor of the city of Boulder, has declared Feb. 12-20 Boulder-Mante Week in recognition of our 10-year association as sister cities.

And so, an additional focus on 20-10 celebrates our 20th year of the medical campaign to

Mante and our 10th year as sister cities with Mante.

Read more: Letters to the Editor – Feb. 13 – Boulder Daily Camera

THE FULL MANTE Vol 11, No 8- All the News To Print That Fits – February 7, 2009

By Jean Bedell
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The days may be long, but the week is so short. We are writing this on Friday…clean up, pack up, and move out. Anne has us organized procedurally with an eye to efficiency for next year. It is a given that we focus on quality more than quantity, but at the Clinic, over 4000 patients have been seen and screened. Although two docs short, the Eye Team completed over 250 procedures. (OR stats later when we get them) Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 11, No 8- All the News To Print That Fits – February 7, 2009”

THE FULL MANTE Vol 11, No 7- All the News To Print That Fits – February 6, 2009

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THOUGHT TO PONDER UPON:  There are two ways to get enough.  One is to continue to accumulate more and more.  The other is to desire less and less.

What are the chances?  Pablo is 13yo with Downs Syndrome.  His brother, Pedro is 5yo with Downs Syndrome.  Both had bilateral strabismus repairs.  Both have cardiac problems.  What a challenge this mother has to care for them.  Is it imagination, or have we seen more Downs children this year?  They are such friendly and affectionate folk.  One girl is 23yo, born when her mother was past 50yo. Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 11, No 7- All the News To Print That Fits – February 6, 2009”