We left Stein Clinical around 7: 20 because a driver was late. Pharmacy brought over vitamins, and we weren’t stopped at the border. Walkie talkies and binders were each assigned to a designated officer in the car. Upon arrival, we had 19 patients signed up to be seen. The dental trip was cancelled at the last minute, so the 10 people signed up for 7/25 will be taken into account by Maria Elena when we have our next dental trip. Dr. Raja was in contact with me prior to the trip, because her daughter would be in attendance. She was able to make it at the last minute, but not enough volunteers for the dental side could be found. Dr. Celis arrived along with Rotary. They sent over a volunteer, named David, who is from Tijuana. Since we were short on Spanish speakers, he helped in the histories station.
Dr. Pando arrived later and assisted with some patients. Maria Elena advised that the whiteboard patient tracker might just upset the patients, so we didn’t go forward with that today. We ran out of history forms and need to transcribe them in the US onto forms from the notepads we were writing in. We didn’t have time or enough people for a shift change, since we had a group make a run for medication. We finished histories and vitals stations much earlier than Nurse Catherine could see everyone, so volunteers were asked to help de-pill and organize a new vitals bin.
We left clinic around 3 and went to get tacos together. While waiting in line, a man across the street went into an epileptic seizure and a crowd had gathered. Nurse Catherine and Meghan, an EMT, assisted him until an ambulance came to ensure that he could breathe. It turns out the man lives within blocks of our clinic and many people who know him were by his side, saying that this sometimes happens as he forgets to take his medication.
We got back on the road, and once at Otay Mesa, placed all the passport cardholders in the cars to drive in the Ready Lane while the rest walked across the border. The wait time was very short and all cars arrived back at Stein around 7 pm, all walkie talkies and binders were accounted for. Binder making event to be planned to put together all the supplies Lynhea bought and that I am currently in possession of.