Jan 6, 2011 Clinic at Boys House II

January 7, 2011
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Check-In:  Jan Lewis and Christy Parker


Jan Lewis

Christy Parker

Christy Parker and Jan Lewis completed a form for each patient and also had their name and number written on a white board with erasable marker.  This process involved asking for the patient’s name and age.   We learned to greet each patient and ask these questions in the Hindi language, although we did need the help of an interpreter with understanding and spelling the patient’s name.   As the patient left check-in, they walked to the next station with their form and white board.

Photo / Height/ Weight:  Nigel Bowen

Nigel Bowen

Nigel Bowen

Nigel asked each patient to  hold the white board in front of them as he took their photo for their file.  Then he measured them up against a wall and weighed them.   The height and weight were recorded on their form by his interpreter.

Blood Pressure:  June Peterson and Treva Jolley

June Peterson

Treva Jolley

June and Treva took blood pressure and occasionally checked blood sugar.   The also used the stethoscope to check for heart murmurs.  The equipment they used was a little scary for babies so they found ways to distract the little ones and handed out gum making them the favorite stop along the way.


Triage:  Mary Ellen Walker and Lane O’Daniel

Mary Ellen Walker

  • Lane O'Daniel

Mary Ellen and Lane asked a lot of questions of each patient and made notes for the physicians.  There was a check-list of symptoms on the form that they used as a guideline.  Their notes were used to help direct that person to the right physician in the next phase. 

Medical Assessment and Treatment: Dr. Laura Engbretson, Dr. Clay Jones, Dr. Ray Walker

Dr Laura Engbretson

Dr Clay Jones

Dr Ray Walker

Each person received one-on-one, confidential treatment by a team physician.  An interpreter was present at each station to help the communication go smoothly.  If a physical examination was needed, the kitchen was used as an examination room.   The types of medical conditions that were treated included: rashes, groin itch, leg pain, runny nose and cough, ear infections, tooth abscess, stomach pain, allergies, high blood pressure, and skin infections.

Dr. Clay Jones treated one 10-year old boy who, along with his brother, came to the orphanage a few years ago after being abandoned by their parents in a region of India near the Nepal and Chinese borders.   These two boys had suffered from previous physical abuse.  This little boy had a severe foreskin fungus infection and scaring that was causing pain.  Dr. Jones examined the boy and through the interpreter explained that the boy did not have to worry, that there was a procedure that could make him well.  He explained circumcision in terms that the boy could understand.  Dr. Jones told the team later that the boy suddenly began to exhibit post-traumatic stress syndrome by crying, rocking and holding on to his ear lobe.  Dr. Jones also said that this is a text book response for kids who have had severe sexual abuse and who feel trapped or scared; they are remembering their pain.  Dr. Jones has a close bond with this child as he has seen him on previous trips and seeing him in so much emotional pain, really broke his heart.

Dr. Laura Engbretson treated a lady who asked her very seriously if there was any medicine she could give her to make her breasts bigger.  Some things are the same all around the world!

Dr. Walker diagnosed and prescribing antibiotics for a severe case of cellulitis, or skin infection on a patient that if left untreated could spread and create sepsis.

Drug Dispensing:  Bob Muklevicz, Pharmacist

Bob Muklevicz, Pharmacist

Bob is probably the busiest of any person on the team.  Some patients receive three or four prescriptions.  He has to gather each medication then, with the assistance of the interpreter, the description of the medicine and their specific instructions have to be written on the bag.  This requires a high degree of concentration and attention to detail.  Bob has been invaluable on the trip helping to make sure all the right medications were included.

this is the day that the Lord hath made!

As the sun went down, the mosquitos came out and we quickly packed up and headed back into town.  We enjoyed this day so much!  We are so grateful that the Lord would allow us to be his hands and feet to provide a healing touch to sick and broken bodies, and to provide encouraging and love to those who have broken hearts.   Please pray for those who desperately need hope and a relationship with Jesus Christ, our Great Physician and the one who binds up the broken hearted.   We feel your prayers here.

6 Responses to “Jan 6, 2011 Clinic at Boys House II”

  1. Russell & Joanna Owens Says:

    Christy: You are describing things so well it makes us feel like we are a part of what is going on.

    Thanks to you and all the Team.


    Russell and Joanna

  2. Brenda Mcfarlane Says:

    Christy, you stay in my heart & prayers that God will use this team in a mighty way You have given us such wonderful information, it almost feels like I can be your shadow for a short time, Thank you! If you can have such an impact on my heart, I know God is truely smiling on you and I pray will continue to hold you in the palm of His hand, giving you the love, comfort, protection and filling every need that this team will have to carry out His work. I love you Christy, Your Sister in Christ, Brenda

  3. Holly Says:

    Interesting! I have lots of questions. I’ve noticed a lot of people wearing ear muffs in your photos. Why is that? And will these patients have follow-up care in the future from another team that visits? What happens to the patient files that you have created?

  4. Holly Says:

    Andrew sends a hug!!

  5. admin Says:

    hey holly,
    it’s actually very cold here, for the Indians. Two days ago it got down to 43 degrees F, which was the coldest day in 74 years! Not cold to us, but when you are used to 125 degrees in the summer, that is cold. so the boys like the ear muffs. the files are kept by the orphanage staff for follow-up and special medical needs will be taken to the nearest hospital. the orphanage staff also is the church, so I guess the records help them keep track of who they see where. Hugs to andrew! christy

  6. admin Says:

    breanda, thank you for your prayers. because we do so much traveling in vehicles with drivers, our safety is a big concern. also a team member did get food poisoning and we cannot get water in our mouths when brushing our teeth or shower, only bottled water, so that is a challenge. Thank you for praying for us, we feel it and appreciate it so much. much love to you sister, friend! christy