Project Update

As the 20th anniversary of the first Medical Mission to Mante nears, the Boulder-Mante Sister City project continues to make great strides in developing the relationship between the two cities.  On May 14th, 2009 the Board of Directors met at the Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) to review the progress of ongoing projects, celebrate past successes, and look forward to the future of the Project.

Youth Board Member

Nicki shared her experience of working and living in Mante for seven months.   She mostly worked with Andreas teaching English to local residents and did help out with the Boulder medical mission in Feb.   Nicki distributed some 8×10 black and white photos that she had taken and developed during her time in Mante.   She has since delivered these photos to Rich Lopez who will see if BCH will allow them to be displayed in one of their campuses.

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Pacesetters Award: Congratulations to Rich Lopez

It has been a while since Rich was recognized for his good works, but I think it is worth another mention:

Richard Lopez, recipient of the 2009 Pacesetter Award for Community Service, poses for a photo at his Boulder office.

Pacesetters 2009: COMMUNITY SERVICE: Richard Lopez

“I was a child of the ’60s, so people like Kennedy were very inspirational to me,” said Lopez, 59. “Asking ‘not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,’ was quite impressionable.”

Since graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1991, Lopez has gone on to start his own practice and devote countless hours to service. Lopez received the 2009 Pacesetter Award in Community Service because of the range and passion of his civic contributions.

Last Days by Rich Lopez

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 in the storeroom.

As the clinic started to shut down, more supplies arrived at our doorstep.  The trickle became a flow, then the flow became a rush and soon we enlisted other students to pack up the mobile clinic.  Everyone helped, students, interpreters, doctors, nurses and volunteers. Andres’ daughter and several of her middle school girlfriends drop by and soon they were part of our team. Continue reading “Last Days by Rich Lopez”

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

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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”

Last Days on the Campaign by Rich Lopez

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 in the storeroom.

As the clinic started to shut down, more supplies arrived at our doorstep.  The trickle became a flow, then the flow became a rush and soon we enlisted other students to pack up the mobile clinic.  Everyone helped, students, interpreters, doctors, nurses and volunteers. Andres’ daughter and several of her middle school girlfriends drop by and soon they were part of our team. Continue reading “Last Days on the Campaign by Rich Lopez”

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

By Jean Bedell
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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”

Tortas, Tacos, Cakes, and Supply Room Inventory by Rich Lopez

dscn1704Where 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 noticed a “two-legged toy store” selling balloons and cute “mice on a string.”  No stimulus plan needed here. Continue reading “Tortas, Tacos, Cakes, and Supply Room Inventory by Rich Lopez”

Hump Day by Rich Lopez

dscn1696Wednesday, “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 pharmacist, Laurel Blissett.  My qualifications for this job were an ability to count to ten in multiples of five (counting pills).  “I can do that!”  Tucked away in the corner of the four-stall exam room is a six feet by six foot pharmacy with a small table bookcase and three chairs.  Our interpreter is Vanessa, a fifteen-year-old student who lived in Florida for seven years. She attended a dual immersion bilingual school there is perfectly bilingual and very mature for her age.  I learned that Laurel had just finished giving the Wednesday morning lecture to the nursing students. Continue reading “Hump Day by Rich Lopez”

THE FULL MANTE Vol 11, No 6 – All the News To Print That Fits – February 5, 2009

By Jean Bedell
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jean1There 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 one day.  Considerations when triaging patients include 1)  bilateral cataracts, 2) age, with a focus on mothers caring for young children or young men working to support a family and 3) diabetic complications.  For example, 50yo Hector is a tractor driver and is blind.  Will cataract surgery allow him to return to work, or is there retinal damage which, because of diabetes, will not provide vision even with surgery?  Andres, 43yo was given one of the last slots so he can return to work selling papers and sweeping streets. Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 11, No 6 – All the News To Print That Fits – February 5, 2009”

THE FULL MANTE Vol 11, No 5 – All the News To Print That Fits – February 4, 2009

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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. Mouth to beak resuscitation was not needed. A cardboard home was designed with architectural perfection. Water and seed arrived. Now we just need a good foster home or adoptive family for Bruise Cotorra.

Pregnancy tests can bring either joyful or sad news. One woman who wanted to become pregnant had a negative test. A 15 yo girl tested positive and is fearful of the stigma and ridicule attached to her. Continue reading “THE FULL MANTE Vol 11, No 5 – All the News To Print That Fits – February 4, 2009”