Wow, what a day it was today with the World Health Ambassadors. A team of 12 dentists, 1 general doctor and 1 optometrist arrived today. Quite impressive! In about half hour, they transformed the library room into a dental office, complete with two reclining chairs and started giving fillings and pulling teeth. It was a little assembly line with one person doing a visual exam of the teeth, deciding which needed to be pulled and which needed fillings.
For fillings, they went to the reclining chair, got topical novacaine, and the fillings began. BBW served as the professional hand holders for all the children and even the adults–who were all quite nervous!!
For extractions, you went outside, sat on the little porch, a dentist gave you shots of novacaine, then started hammering and pulling away. You would spit your blood into a plastic garbage lined pail, where they would put your tooth and the bloody gauze when finished. No biohazardous signs here!!
Some of the kids tried ducking it out, especially when they watched Anthony having a really hard tooth pulled out and saw how much pain he was in. My heart really went out for these kids and I realized what a baby I am when I go to the dentist. One little boy needed 8 fillings! One older child needed 3 extractions. Needless to say, pain meds were part of the day too. Thankfully, soup was made for lunch!
3 of the kids need glasses, which we were surprised was so low, and one needs a test for glaucoma, as he shows signs.
This is the very first time these kids have seen a dentist and eye doctor, and in some cases a doctor. We get the report tomorrow from the doctor. What an amazing day. And it’s not over yet. Tonight is the barbeque! The WHA team packed up and went to a Senior Center for the rest of the afternoon. They will join us tonight at the barbeque (if they haven’t fallen over from exhaustion!).