Beautiful day under the bridge today, that quickly turned into t-shirt weather. The crowd was lighter than normal, as a lot of our clients were probably glued to the Super Bowl game somewhere. The ratio of visitors and patients to volunteers was great, allowing spirited conversations and fun for all.
The picture above is of a visitor we have not seen for many months. The proscribed treatment was a long and vigorous dust bath which was joyously taken.
Our two doctors saw a lot of patients for the amount of overall visitors, wound care was well staffed and very busy, Herbal Medicine kept busy all day too. The final patient count for the day was 34!
Our Hospitality staff kept the coffee and drinks flowing, and turned out endless plates of sandwiches, which were later joined by a large cooler full of delicious Burrito Brigade burritos. Lots of snacks and other goodies were served up as well. Once again, socks were probably most popular, with a large amount of clothing and shoes provided by Carry It Forward.
Homeless Hounds showed up and cared for the four legged friends, which were many.
We had a large crew of volunteers, a few who hadn’t yet been to our new location, and some very interesting potential volunteers who were given a full tour of operations.
The overall atmosphere was a like a big party, with everyone having a great time and making a lot of new friends.
Today’s clinic found us in wonderful spring-like weather, warm and dry, with a very large number of visitors and patients. We started off with a bang, having perhaps 60 people waiting for Healthcare, food, drinks, clothes, personal items, flu shots, counseling, and Herbal Medicine.
Our doctor was going nonstop, triage never seemed to get a break, and the 3 wound care volunteers were also very busy. By the end of the day we had seen a total of 30 patients.
Our food service folks put out 500 sandwiches, 7 gallons of a delicious pasta with big flakes of Parmesan cheese, and enough coffee and other drinks to float a battleship.
The Burrito Brigade brought a big cooler full of marvelous burritos for the crowd, and the Catholic Worker folks dropped off a big donation as well. THANK YOU BOTH!!
The picture is of our Hospitality Lead carefully listening to the needs of one of our star patients, the Wonder Dog who got a reprieve from a large tumor and is continuing on with a very happy life and a loving owner.
Occupy Medical served 26 patients, 200 sandwiches, buckets of coffee and other drinks, lots of snacks, and about a hundred Burrito Brigade burritos. Wound care and our Herbalists were busy all day, as was our doctor. Socks and hand warmers were very popular, as well as a wide arrray of other personal items. We started out a bit short handed, but the volunteers just kept arriving, so we had a fantastic crew by the time things got really busy. The weather started off fairly warm, but wet with gusty winds, settling down to a steady rain by the end of Clinic. We all remained dry though, thanks to the great shelter provided by the freeway overpass. Overall everything went very smoothly and our patients and visitors had a great experience.
The Demonstration clinic in Roseburg went extremely well. We saw 14 patients, and our Herbalist sent a large quantity of herbal medicines and vitamins off with smiling patients. The local newspaper reporter did interviews with a photographer snapping pics. Two drivers stopped in the intersection to yell across at us how they loved what we were doing, and several passerby expressed similar sentiments. It was a very positive experience for all involved. The weather was much nicer than last months clinic, with warm and dry conditions.
We had a very busy day with nice weather and lots of wonderful volunteers. Our medical staff helped 28 patients, while Hospitality served 235 sandwiches, 288 servings of pasta and kept the hot coffee coming all day. The wonderful folks at Burrito Brigade dropped off about 200 amazing vegan burritos that always get snapped up quickly.
Today we helped 17 patients, Herbal and Wound Care were busy, served 300 sandwiches (turkey and PB&J), 150 burritos from Burrito Brigade, 8 gallons of amazing soup, many hundreds of cups of coffee, canned food, a lot of socks, and a mountain of other items.