The highlight of the day for Helga who was assisting Leo, was in convincing a 6yr old who had cotton buds stuck in both ears to calm down for treatment. The child was petrified, but Leo first explained each step that he was doing before delivering each time on his promise for a fast, pain free examination and treatment. As each step was completed as promised, her confidence and trust in him increased to the point where he was even able to administer antibiotic drops into the infected ear, after the removal of the putrid cotton buds. Praise God for answered prayers (again)!
Van seemed to have most of the difficult extractions for today. I watched him struggle with one for a good 15mins where he even got down on his knees to gain better leverage. Praise God that his improvisation of using a luxator as a chisel, worked and the troublesome tooth finally gave way.
It took all of Kim’s experience and divine intervention to help Van find and remove a root that broke off during another difficult extraction. Without the aid of X-rays but with the power of prayer, he was able to finally complete the fourth extraction an hour an a half after Van started treatment.
Betty had a young patient with myasthenia gravis who had run out of medication whilst awaiting an operation in October. Her father had sold the family home in order to afford the operation but is now unable to work himself due to a recent accident.
We can only thank our God for his mercy, grace, love and guidance today as it was a very tough dental day;(there were 170 extractions). Leander did the bulk of the fillings today (around 22) and required some treatment herself after dinner for a stiff neck, shoulders and back due to the stooped posture she had to adopt whilst treating the patients.