New technology is helping patients at risk for anal cancer stay healthier with more accurate, and painless, screenings.
High Resolution Anoscopy, or HRA for short, can examine the anal canal using an anoscope, which is a small thin tube. The tube is connected to a device that allows your doctor to look for abnormalities in your gastrointestinal tract, anus and rectum.
Today was a long bus ride to La Cucilla Concepcion. A day where the travel, the work, and the exhaustion catch up to you. After a 1 1/2 drive through the mountains , we arrived surprised to find out that the 85 families we were supposed to see had grown to 135! All hands on deck!
I observed our team really come together as we plowed through the scores of families. We saw over 320 patients, dewormed 185 kids and extracted 87 teeth! Well done by everyone!
Unfortuntely, there are days when sadness has to boundary or limits of latitudes.
Today we were in clinic and I looked across the school room converted into a Medical Clinic and noticed an elderly woman being helped and supported by another man. She was hunched over and seemed to be unstable. We quickly made room for her at our station.
Today we travelled about 1 1/2 hours to the town of Santa Barbara to a nice size village that had electricity and some running water. Interestingly, there were many children within the village with very great oral care and teeth. The parents not so much. The reason this is important is that FOB (as well as other outreach organizations) have been educating the village about the importance of brushing in the last several years! It seems to have taken hold in the parents. Our dentist Dr. Claire Kaugers extracted 23 teeth in her clinic today. Mostly adults. I had a poor little fella, Roger, who was 5 that had pain and drooling so bad because of the need to pull rotten teeth that he needed referral to her. Unfortunately, we had already closed dental and he could not get those teeth pulled. So, we do struggle to get it all done.
Nonetheless, I was blessed to have Andrea, a fantastic 23 year old Honduran who is studying International business, translate for me. We individually examined 39 patients. (See photos)
My favorite group was a woman and her 3 daughters. Ages 17, 13, and 12. They were so beautiful and were in great health. Once I finished with the girls, I asked mom how she was. At that exact time my daughter Sarah Kate who had been in the vitamin and deworming station walks up. So the mother then says, “She had been having headaches,” Looking at her and her 3 daughters and me looking to my right at mine made me realize the common bond we shared as parents. Two different cultures, two different socioeconomic situations, and languages… But one common bond: the love for your children. I smiled at mom and relayed to her that, “this is my daughter ( and with a smile pointing to our girls collectively) and I have headaches too!”
Our group of 16 made it back safely after seeing 213 patients and rested for the afternoon. Dinner was talapia from the local farms and Virginia the cook made her flam dessert. The power then went out, as it does from time to time, which is why this blog is a little delayed. We played cards by candlelight ( a game called Rat-atat- Cat) and then hit the hay.