By micheleg
November 08, 2011
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Today was a great day.  We were sent to a new site that is new to the Belize Mission Project.  When we arrived there were tons of children and adults waiting in line.  An incredible woman organized the community, going door to door to get us patients.  We saw many children and some adults, all with lots of decay and needing their teeth cleaned.  I did not see any previous dental work on anyone.  Brenda is a very hard worker, and we did everything we could, not stopping for lunch and getting really sweaty.  There was so much demand, we will fly back there tomorrow.  Once again, we met the rest of the group for dinner and compared notes with the dermatologists, nurses, and MDs on the trip. They are all doing great things. Tomorrow is hump day.  Hoping we don't run out of steam!

 

By micheleg
November 07, 2011
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We were picked up at 6:20 this morning and taken to Ambergris Caye airport for a Tropic Air flight to Belize City Municipal Airport. All our equipment was loaded and our 3 large suitcases with supplies. We were then transported by van to Biscayne, a small village about 45 miles away.  The hygienists on the team had the children brush their teeth outside and then they took them inside for a flouride treatment. They were screened for decay and then Brenda & I took care of the dentistry needed for the adults and some children.  There was a nice breeze, but it was HOT in the little room they supplied us.  We used air compressors at this site, which worked great, but for some reason we had NO suction, and that was hard.  A lot of situps to spit in a cup.  At the end of the day we packed up and took our flight back to meet the group in San Pedro to hear about everyone's experiences and to talk about the next day.  We have a new site tomorrow that we will fly out to again

 

 

By micheleg
November 06, 2011
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Today we gathered on the beach for a beautiful prayer service facilitated by our director, Dr. Frank Whipps, with a few songs sung by a recording artist who is with us, and a testimonial of a personal life-changing experience by a member of the trip.

We gathered on the lawn to check out all portable chairs and the units that deliver bottled water and connections to the air source-scuba tanks.  My first unit was a mess, so they ended up giving me a brand new one.  Lucky me.

The afternoon was free to walk the beach and catch a little lunch in San Pedro.  My team will be sent to Biscayne in the morning on a 7:00 flight on Tropic Air.  We will be providing dentistry to the students and faculty in the school there, along with flouride treatments for everyone.We will catch a flight home and then return by air again the next day.  I am looking forward to having Brenda assist me this year. It was tough duty last year with no help.

 

By micheleg
November 06, 2011
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It was a long day of travel.  We left MSP for Houston to meet up with half of the group from various other states.  We boarded in Houston and waited on the plane for 2 hours while they checked an oil leak.  When that was fixed another mechanical problem was noticed.  Finally we were allowed off the plane and fortunately they located another plane for us.  Our final flight on Tropic Air to Ambergris Caye was sure to be cancelled because they close all flights at 5:30.. We arrived at 7:20 to find Tropic Air had 2 small planes waiting for the 20 of us to get us to our destination.  Thank you Tropic Air!  I'm sure the brains behind this mission project, Dr Frank Whipps, had something to do with that. Tomorrow we will be checking out our equipment and getting our assignments for the week. I think Brenda is excited to see what this is all about.

 

 

By micheleg
November 03, 2011
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Dr Cooper spent Friday at the Mayo  Clinic for a physical exam and to visit the Travel Clinic for immunizations for the trip.  An oral typhoid vaccine was suggested along with the antimalaria drug, Malarone.  The volunteers will not be staying in a malaria zone, but all of the mainland has malaria, and they could be sent to many different locations next week.  The mosquitoes are biting!





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