The first day of the medical brigade each year sort of gives us a barometer of what
we need to change and do differently the next day to maximize our efficiency to see
the most patients we can. One of the most special parts of the medical brigade this
year was incorporating the vision station into our clinic, but that also proved to be
challenging to fit it into the clinic setup.
However, the second day of the medical clinic ended up going great – we were
successfully able to tweak some of the things we did on day 1. On the second day, we
had a stack of patient papers of people we were unable to see on the first day but
that decided to come back for the second day. Getting through those patients and
getting through the new patients was challenging!
One of the things that I most remember from this day of our brigade was personally
staying in the vision station till we got our last patient the correct glasses they
needed. It was late in the day, and all the other stations had wrapped up and we
were the only ones left in the clinic. For whatever reason, we just could not find our
last patient the correct glasses they needed – the glasses that matched his
prescription the most weren’t the best fit in terms of the man’s style and the glasses
that he liked, he couldn’t see as well out of. Finally, on the last pair of glasses that
could work for him, he was able to see marvelously out of and really liked them! It
was certainly a long day, but one that was well worth it when making sure our
patients’ needs came first!