Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mactzul V - Mobile Dental Clinic

Yesterday we had our first mobile dental clinic in Mactzul V with a full size dental chair (bigger than our patients) and dental lamp!  We started doing restorative care in some of our mobile dental clinics about 2 months ago and our biggest challenge is getting everything there in one piece without breaking things like dental compressors, dental units and such.  For those who have been down these roads you will understand the force of bouncing that reeks havoc on these pieces of equipment. 

We have had 2 different opportunities to either have chairs/equipment donated or purchased at a great reduced rate.  As a result, we have selected some key locations to try and put in some more permanent dental clinic items such as chairs to better the service to the churches, communities and patients that we serve.   We hope to place 3 more chairs in places like Paxot II, Chuchipaca and maybe Chimente, Totonicapan.  The first of these is Mactzul V as the church has donated us a room to place the chair and in the future hope to donate the room for solely clinic purposes and are even looking at leaving a church member on site as a live in guard.  Not only for us, but for their needs as well. 

So after suffering through breaking one compressor (which Marcos has diligently found a way to fix although we still need to find a part) and having multiple troubles with a dental unit, we decided to create some moving crates made out of 2 by 4's for both the compressor and the unit - thanks to Josue and Manuel our promoters/carpenters for getting these made!  No pictures for now, but will post later.

We were also able to have a dental lamp base with wheels made here locally with a metal worker so now we have mobile lighting as well which provides better light for doing the restorative care mobily.

Fishing tackle box also donated by Casa del Rey - found a great use for it.

We have to send a big thanks to the mission at Casa Del Rey here in Chichi for the donation of this dental chair, plus another yet to be placed.  Thanks Matt and Martitza!

The above picture is of Juan Marroquin and his son.  His son had surgery at Ezell a year ago and we hope to attend a thanksgiving service with their family in September celebrating the good health of their son.

One of the patients who had to pass through dental.  :(  We were afraid people in the communities would not be much interested in paying extra to save teeth, but we have been pleasantly surprised and are grateful to the dentists that work on educating their patients to take advantage of teeth cleanings and restorations - Thank you Marcos and Sandra!

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