Even with our regular meetings suspended until October…..we have been blessed with opportunities to continue with our cataract project. In partnership with the Lion’s Club…Better Together in Christ members have stayed busy! Here’s an update from our Cataract Project Coordinator, Mary Beardslee. Thank you to all who have been and continue to support this effort with prayers and with financial support!
This week Paul took 4 men to the Institute in Ensenada. Benjamin had surgery for ptergium on both eyes. He is doing well and seeing much better. He has to use drops for several weeks like a cataract patient. Camillo had a large piece of plastic removed from his eye, from a botched surgery done about 2005. The infection in his eye will probably clear now that the plastic is out of the eye. He has a cataract in the other eye. Omar had a follow up on his eyes. The Dr. said it is a miracle as he is seeing much better than expected. Armando had an injection in his eye as part of pre-op for next weeks vitrectomy.
On July 2, Paul will take 2 men for cataract surgery, both men from the Lions clinic. Pedro is one that we did a surgery on last year. He will have the other eye done. Gilberto Valdez is the other gentleman. He is not impoverished and will help with the cost of his surgery. He was quoted 1,200 dollars in Mexicali, which his family could not afford.
On July 10, we plan to take 2 ladies for surgery if they can pass the physical. Rosa Gonzalez is blind but her blood glucose and blood pressure are too high. She is going to go to Salud and get her medicine increased but if it cannot be controlled she will not be a candidate for surgery. It is very important that we take care to make sure that the patients are healthy enough for the surgery and they will be compliant with after care.
That is what we’ve been doing, taking people to the lab, Dr. office and checking on the people. Please pray for all of our people and safe travels. God bless, Mary