Monday, September 28, 2009

More Dental Bus Adventures

There’s not much going on mission trip wise in our lives right now.  We are still working with the Dental Bus.  On Saturday, September 19 we took the bus to El Centro Hispano Health Fair in Durham.  IMG_2359 Mema went with us for her first trip on the bus.IMG_2360 This NC State student John (or Juan in Spanish) was an interpreter.  I enjoyed talking with him and he tried to teach me a little Spanish.IMG_2362 See that line of people all the way across the picture?  That was part of the line of people trying to get onto the Dental Bus.  It was a wild day.IMG_2366  Jolema was in charge of the dental part of the fair.IMG_2369 Then on Sept 21 and 22 we took the bus to Shallotte for our first overnighter. Here is Jennifer the dental assistant and Phyllis the receptionist.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We Passed the Test

IMG_2351 Monday Billy and I took the Dental Bus to Fayetteville for the Cumberland Co. Fair. Unfortunately the fair was closed that day so we did not get to eat any fair food.IMG_2354 This was our last training before being able to go out solo.  IMG_2350 Joanne, the bus coordinator, worked with us and she said we passed the test.  Now she is going to expect to get a lot of help from us. IMG_2355 It really is a great ministry and we meet the most interesting people, some of them being patients.IMG_2352 The nicest dentists and assistants volunteer their time.IMG_2357 Hygienists working the outdoor chair.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pulling Teeth

Thursday morning I was called by the Dental Bus coordinator, Joanne with an emergency situation.  The bus was in Grifton for the week and the driver had fallen the night before and had to have 6 staples in his head.  She needed someone to relieve him so him and his wife could go home.  I agreed to go even though I am not fully trained and would be working on my own.IMG_2334 Dr. Kawn from Charlotte was the day dentist. Super nice guy.IMG_2332 We had two night dentists and one assistant.

One of the night dentists did not have an assistant so he asked me to help him once.  I had to assist with with a tooth extraction.  I really didn’t like doing that and hope I don’t have to do it again, but of course I probably will if I am asked.

After this experience I am so thankful that I have always been able to visit my dentist regularly.IMG_2336The group coordinating the patients was from Charlotte.  They were a great group of people to work with.

Today (Friday) Billy went with me so he could drive the bus back to  Cary.