A Routine(?) Day in the Dental Mission

Charlie Wyont set a record yesterday. He extracted 22 teeth from a 42-yr-old woman. He said that he had never extracted that many teeth from a patient at one time. This type of situation shows the importance of the dental health program, especially the oral hygiene training. Also, it is indicative of the overall health of the Quimistan population.

When I asked Randy about his day he said “Oh, it was pretty routine”. I think that Randy is being too modest. The dental team successfully treats some very serious dental problems under less-than-ideal conditions. These include inadequate lighting, no suction, no x-rays, and dental chairs that require them to stand all day ( 8-10 hours).

The rest of the team rearranged their work priorities because of the delay in material delivery. Tommy, Lee, and Dave continued their electrical work. Bruce and Jim started work on shelving for Pastor Anna.

I saw an amazing transformation today. While Bruce and I were working on the shelving, Francisco, the AP child that he and Maxine are sponsoring, showed up. Bruce changed from an impatient curmudgeon to a patient, doting grandfather figure. Bruce integrated Francisco into our work applying glue and nailing. Bruce chided me for not starting the nails straight, which made Francisco’s work more difficult. After a few minutes, several boys showed up to help. Francisco was obviously proud to be working with his sponsor.


One thought on “A Routine(?) Day in the Dental Mission

  1. Hey, Jim . . . be careful about exposing Bruce’s true character. You might destroy his back-home image as an impatient curmudgeon. Those of who have seen him in action will recognize how he will occasionally let the mask slip, showing his true heart as a loving, caring, dedicated servant. The kids down there seem to have a way of bringing out the best in us. It kinda makes one think that maybe God has a reason for us to be there. It’s something about giving, I think.Thanks for the frequent updates with the terrific pictures!Allen


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