Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Today was the first day at the Wanblee Clinic. The warm welcome the team received on arrival set the tone for the day. Many of the clinic staff know us by name now that we have been there a few times. Hugs and hellos were exchanged, and we spent a few minutes catching up with our friends. The clinic has been short a provider or two, making for a heavy schedule for those left. Being that we are here to care for people, having plenty of people to care for is a good thing.
Not that all went smoothly from the start. Credentialing was complete for the full team, but access to the IHS electronic medical record still had to be fine tuned. The process went quickly for Teresa and I. We were each already in the system, and the very helpful IT guy, Brad, pushed a few buttons and, Presto! We were off and running. It took a bit more work for Lyn and Lauren, but Brad had them online before lunch. There were a few glitches with orders, but Malinda (a very helpful medical assistant) was usually able to sort things out in minutes. When she couldn’t, Brad was there right away to get us going again.
The patients were grateful to see us, too. Many were very forthcoming, telling us personal stories that provide a real connection to the community here. Each time I have been here, people have been a little more willing to open up. It gives the experience a certain depth.
The day finished up with an invitation to Malinda’s home. This was completely unexpected, and shows the closeness we have developed with the staff at Wanblee. Malinda and her husband David live on a ranch that’s been in her family for a long time. They are very genuine, welcoming people. Bandit and Bowser are a pair of very friendly canines that Malinda and David rescued. If anyone needs proof that dogs’ personalities reflect the character of their owners’, look no further than these two delightful canines. Malinda’s dream is to start an equine therapy camp on her property. It’s a work in progress, and she has built an arena and has quite a few horses. Near the end of our visit with Malinda, Jeff, their horses and dogs, Nurse Dwan came running up. Really running. David and Malinda have cut a trail that goes a total of three miles over their land. It looked like a fun walk or run, but we’ll save that for another time. The visit was a fine way of bookending a very good day.
Mike Kalinosky, D.O.