Monthly Archives: March 2007

One of the things I did today

I had an interesting meet up today with a guy who works with homeless/street people in this city.  He has purchased a building (well almost) and has set up a drop in centre.  I dropped in on the place today and he just happened to be in so I finally got to meet him.  We have talked on the phone but he wasn’t in the last two times I dropped in on him.  I brought in a box of dishes that have been sitting in my basement for just such an occasion.  They needed them and I didn’t. 
 
They offer anyone who drops in coffee and whatever they have on hand.  They have a free shower in the back that people can use and hope to have a washer and dryer soon.  They have a phone people may use to call for whatever reason.
 
And pictures on the wall – all the worst of Christian art – but definitely identifies them as Christ related.
 
They need a few things. Money. They need $3000 by May 1 to finish paying for the building.  That is a big need. They also need some cutlery. I guess the spoons go missing and they are thinking of switching to plastic spoons.  They also need a couple more old couches and chairs. They need more sitting room for those who come to the Bible studies on Sunday nights.
 
A laid back place. The sort of place that a street person would not feel out of place in.
 
While I was there one guy I knew walked in – George.  He was sober. That is good, especially for George.  
 
The other two that came in were pretty high.  Really looped on something. 
 
There is a whole other world out there needing love and needing healing.  Broken.
 
Not every one can do what Ray is trying to do.  God bless him and Hector. But I think there may be ways to help and I am going to try and look for some of the things I can do.

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Things I have not liked doing this week

– Setting a working daughter straight – I was not going to pay for her hair just because she thinks I should.

– letting her grouch about the above and while she did that keeping my mouth shut.  I think she understood the point even if she did not like it.

– dealing with a patient with a low pain tolerance – for about three appointments in one week and not being able to majically relieve her pain.

– trying to explain to another patient that his tissues were just so fragile that he simply was not healing in the normal time (he has several medical complications) and that I, again, could not make the surgical sites heal faster.

– taking eleven teeth out for a three year old

– scraping thick plaque off a child’s teeth in the operating room so that we could see the surface of the teeth we had to fill, knowing that the fillings don’t stand much of a chance of lasting a year.

– refusing to remove all a patients healthy teeth simply because she wants me to.

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Good news

Patrick called us last night pretty excited.  Finally he has a date to take the exam for Canadian Citizenship.  A long time waiting.  It will be good.  He will have freedom to travel.  Most of us have never experienced the restrictions to travel like a Congolese does all the time.

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Please pray

The situation in the Congo is not good right now. 

A good friend of mine, Dr. Roger Thorpe, was on the way to the airport last week and was caught in the violence.  He and a travelling pastor are to evacuate today.

Pray for their safety.  Pray for the Congolese caught with no place to go.  Pray for the Congo, for peace.


Update:

As I looked further into this news, I discovered that Dr. Thorpe has actually returned to the US safely, arriving back home on Sunday.  Good news. 

 

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Density and Vitamin D

I am dense enough. 

I was scanned and I measure up to a normal female of my age I guess – bone wise.  In fact the lovely doctor said I had good bone structure.  That is good.  Some compensation for not fitting into the skinny little thing catagory. 

I also found out some things that I didn’t know.

Well, not that I didn’t know them but I didn’t "know" them in the sort of way that made me take the sort of action that I guess I need to take. 

I don’t want to become less dense – in bone terms.  Therefore, in order to protect my nice thick bones I need to be taking calcium and Vitamin D. 

The good doctor said that those of us that live in the northern parts need Vitamin D.  We start to lose energy by about Feb or March since by then we have depleted our stores that we saved up by exposing ourselves to the summer sun – if we have been out in the sun each day without sunblock for about 20 minutes.  The angle of the sun is so low that he said, "Even lying out under the sun for the whole day from Oct to April won’t raise the levels of Vitamin D enough to measure." 

I was thinking that frostbite might get one before the lack of Vitamin D.

But I will start to take the stuff diligently.  Calcium too since I am not a milk drinker.  In the hope of maintaining my present density.

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Frustrating

Today was our regular biweekly sedation occasion.  
Every two weeks we give some unlucky child the chance to be sedated while having their dental work done.

The fact that they will not sit in the chair short of some major restraining force being exercised against them has something to do with the choice.  A parent usually wants their little terror not to have to experience the horrors or pain of dentistry so in the interests of their child being "out of it" for the necessary work, we give them a tasty little drink – grape juice laced with a nice little bitter amnesiac.

At least half the time it works slick.  The kid drinks the drink without barfing.  Fifteen minutes later they could care less if we do their work, freezing and all.  We carry them into the "quiet room", close the door, wrap them like a cocoon, and get the work done with no incident.  It is safe and we know that most of what we do will not be remembered by the child.  In theory it makes it easier for the child to come back since they don’t remember a bad experience.

Today was our regular biweekly sedation occasion.  
Every two weeks we give some unlucky child the chance to be sedated while having their dental work done.

The fact that they will not sit in the chair short of some major restraining force being exercised against them has something to do with the choice.  A parent usually wants their little terror not to have to experience the horrors or pain of dentistry so in the interests of their child being "out of it" for the necessary work, we give them a tasty little drink – grape juice laced with a nice little bitter amnesiac.

At least half the time it works slick.  The kid drinks the drink without barfing.  Fifteen minutes later they could care less if we do their work, freezing and all.  We carry them into the "quiet room", close the door, wrap them like a cocoon, and get the work done with no incident.  It is safe and we know that most of what we do will not be remembered by the child.  In theory it makes it easier for the child to come back since they don’t remember a bad experience.

Trouble is, I think we need some sort of drink for the parents.  Their memories are too good.  If the sweet little thing with the painfuly abcessed tooth cries, they wonder if we were proceeding without enough freezing.  And in spite of all our wornings about the medication often causing the child to become very angry as it wears off, they assume the crying and kicking and rolling on the floor in anger is due to pain.

It seems like we just can’t win.  We are trying to help by offering this service and most parents just don’t seem to understand the value of what we are providing for them. 

About half our patients just do not call to confirm if they are coming or not.  Today only 2 of 6 children booked had parents that took the time to confirm the appointment.

I just have a hard time understanding parents that would rather let their child’s teeth decay than keep an appointment to fix them.  Believe me cost is not a factor.  

Very frustrating.  I am needing some way to solve this situation before my staff gives up on trying to track down and book these kids.

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Waking Up

The sky was lighting up as I drove to work this morning.  There was a low rim of clouds on the horizon, a break and then clouds that filled the dome of the sky.  The orange of the rising sun filled the gap.
 
I love sunrises and sunsets. 
 
They speak to me of the glory of God; colours beyond our description with either paint or words.  Every morning God repeats this scene in infinite variations all over the world.
 
 
 
 

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