Two months to get ready, supplies are packed and we ship out bright and early on Sunday. Please check our blog regularly for updates – we want to share this experience with you.
I need to begin this entry with a big thank you! My staff has been amazing, ordering, organizing and giving their time to help me get prepared to head to Honduras. Another big thank you goes out to Debbie Kasey and Patterson Dental. Debbie has truly been a driving force. She has worked to find donated supplies, worked with Patterson to donate supplies, and just put so much time and effort into getting us what we need to make this trip successful.
This trip has made me realize how much I take so much for granted. I’ve never stopped and thought just how much has to go into getting ready for a trip like this. We are going to a country, where they literally have almost nothing in the way of supplies and equipment we need to provide good care. So, we have to take it all with us. Portable chairs, lights, instruments, and right down to the tiny details like floss and tooth paste. We have searched our supplies as well and donated everything we can. I feel great about everything we are taking with us, and providing the care the people of Honduras deserve.
Each member of the Rotary Bridgade (that is what they are calling us) is taking an extra 50 pound bag to carry on the plane. As the arilines charge and put limits on extra baggage now, even the cost just to arrive in Honduras creates extra challenges.
We arrive on Monday and will spend the day getting organized and setting up our clinics. Tuesday we get started. Half of our team will be working in Copan, while the other half heads off to the mountains. To remote parts of Honduras ,to provide dental and medical care to patients who most likely have never received either.
It promises to be an adventure and very worthwhile trip. I look forward to sharing it with you via our blog. And please, as you visit our office mention to my staff how terrific they are. There is no way I could go on this trip, no way I could provide care for the people of Honduras, without their help in getting me ready and their support in taking care of you – our patients, while I am gone!
Looking forward to sharing more soon!