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Monthly Archive for February, 2009

Friday blends into Saturday.  It went like this.  Clinic-inventory-packing-swimming-eating-dancing-snoozing-busing-flying-arriving in 30 hours.  Sound tiring?  It was. The morning started the final day of the clinic. Patients had their last chance to see the “gringo doctors.”  While the docs were seeing patients, I worked with a team of nursing students, counting, grouping, boxing and labeling supplies […]

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By Jean Bedell Read more posts by Jean 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 […]

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Friday blends into Saturday.  It went like this.  Clinic-inventory-packing-swimming-eating-dancing-snoozing-busing-flying-arriving in 30 hours.  Sound tiring?  It was. The morning started the final day of the clinic. Patients had their last chance to see the “gringo doctors.”  While the docs were seeing patients, I worked with a team of nursing students, counting, grouping, boxing and labeling supplies […]

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By Jean Bedell Read more posts by Jean 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 […]

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Where ever there is a crowd of people there are resourceful people.  The BCH Medical Mission attracts thousands of people and it is not surprises that food vendors circulate through the crowds, selling cokes, and other items to eat while they pass the hours long waits for their opportunity to see a “gringo doctor.”    I’ve […]

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Wednesday, “Hump Day” means we’re half way through the 19th BCH Medical Mission.  After the morning meeting, Anne asked me to work in the pharmacy to fill in for Marjorie Hutchings.  Marjorie is a member of the BCH Auxiliary and wanted to see her friend, Charlie Jones, in surgery.  My job was to assist our […]

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By Jean Bedell Read more posts by Jean There are not only objective criteria involved in whom we treat.  There are also subjective and ethical considerations.  As of this morning, eyes had only 10 slots open for Friday.  Within a short time, there were only 6 slots left.  Yesterday, 297 patients were screened in the […]

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By Jean Bedell Read more posts by Jean It was a life-saving event. A first time event never seen before, Samanatha went from the lab at the clinic to a locked storeroom looking for a table. She heard a rustling noise coming from a black trash bag. Upon examination, she found a little blue-green parakeet. […]

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Each morning the clinic team leader Anne conducts a staff meeting. This follows an earlier education session for the student nurses.  The team realizes that their impact will be greater if they can provide more information on common medical issues and do so each morning. Each morning the clinic team leader Anne conducts a staff […]

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Today’s message read “the grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, something to hope for.”  Howard, PACU’s team builder- nurse extraordinaire, posts daily missions on the scheduling board.  Today at the Hospital General the surgical teams, PACU, the bio-medical technicians, triage nurses and assistants, and the sterile processing department (SPD) assistants […]

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