Blue Hills: Haitian Marketing

"Pack up. We are going to Blue Hills."

First thought that came to mind was that sounds like a delightful place to spend a day.

Then came the big news. Blue Hills lacked both hills and anything blue.

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Due to road flooding and construction, we stopped about 300 yards away from the church building and carried our bags filled with medicine across concrete block stepping stone bridges. This tested my near Olympic balancing abilities to the max.

In all seriousness, it was a great balancing exercise. Stay on the blocks or step into stagnant water and possibly diseases you typically only hear about on the news.

Most of the people we saw had normal problems such as worms, yeast infections, and serious coughs. However, we did have a few odd cases.

Post Dental Work: Face of Pain & Joy

One boy about 8 years old had a tooth ache. A quick glance inside his mouth revealed why. While his new tooth simply grew in, his baby tooth got pushed sideways into the middle of his mouth. The top of the tooth was under his tongue.

The tooth had to go. One problem. The tooth was not lose at all. The answer was a quick pull with surgical pliers. He barely even flinched. No anesthesia needed.

By the end of the day, we had seen about 350 people. It was a great day, even if we did not have blue hills.

Bryan Clifton

Oklahoma City, OK