Due to circumstances beyond our control (including but not limited to the Ebola outbreak), we have decided to take a hiatus with our Dental Camp for 2015. With the blessings of God we will be up and running again with Dental Camp in January 2016. It will be a long time to wait to see our Uganda friends again. May God bless them while we are away from them.
Today we saw recall patients (from earlier in our camp) and Mildmay staff for our last day of clinic. Everything went well and we were done with our dental camp and starting to take down by 12:30. We took a break for lunch (American style sandwiches and Ugandan cake) which included a thank you from the Mildmay administrators. By 4:00 we had everything packed away and ready for the next camp. Now we are back in our rooms packing, hoping to make the weight limit for our luggage. We will leave for the airport at 7:00 for our 11:30 flight to Amsterdam and return flight to Minneapolis. I will try to post pictures next week as I haven't been able to while here. Thanks for the support.
Last night our group met a dentist from the U.K. That has been doing outreach dentistry in rural Uganda and is staying at Mildmay. His name is Dr. Graham Bell and he asked if he could observe our clinic today since he didn't have other plans and had a late flight to catch. This morning we were treated to our patients arriving by bus at 8:30 so we could start around nine. Their day started around 4AM as they walked to the bus stop and were to ride the bus for 3 hours to Mildmay. We also greeted a bus of 10 special needs children from Jonah's House. Dr. Graham observed in the morning and worked on patients in the afternoon. It was good to have him with us. Around 5 we finished a successful day of clinic and had our picture taken with the bus of children. Their day will end with going home around 9 this evening. Tomorrow we will see patients til noon and pack up. We have seen 400 patients so far. More tomorrow . . .
Today we were treated to a concert after chapel from the Mildmay Children's choir. There was good singing and dancing and it was fun. After chapel we treated Mildmay staff and a few children from Taso-Entebebe. So far we have seen 335 patients with another 70 anticipated for tomorrow and 30 +/- before we wrap up on Friday. More tomorrow.
First work day of the second week. Joining us this week is our former team member Dr. Kristin Bothun and her friend Rebecca. We were able to see 62 kids and several adult staff from Mildmay. Everything went smoothly, all of the equipment worked well, and only a few of our group have minor intestinal issues. Tomorrow the children's choir of Mildmay is preparing a special routine for us at chapel.
Everyone arrived safely home last night from their weekend. We were all treated to pizza and sodas at Caroline Macleod's house at Mildmay and also treated to chocolate cake provided by Shartsi Musherure. Everyone had a fun if not restful weekend ranging from safaris that took many hours travel, horseback safaris, Scottish Burns Dinners, relaxing at an island house on Lake Victoria, and visiting sponsored children. Today we are seeing (hopefully) 70 children. More later.
Today we saw 35 patients and were able to finish clinic by 2:00 to prepare for the weekend. Everything is running smoothly and everyone is safe and sound. Today's highlight name was Achilles (what a cool name). Here is a sample of a typical day: 7:00 - breakfast is served (fruit, cereal, French toast, toast, and juice) 8:00 - Chapel 8:45- Morning huddle, plan, and prayer 9:00 - start with staff or Mildmay patients until the buses arrive 11:00 - Morning tea 1:00 - Lunch break 1:30 - afternoon patients 3:30 - afternoon tea 7:00 - +/- end of patients 7:00 - dinner and bonding time Tomorrow we leave for safari, etc . . Returning for clinic on Tuesday. More then.