“If I could change the world, so to speak, I would try to open more places like this.”
Upon seeing a quote like this many people would have a specific idea to what the speaker was referring. My first thought would be a place that is rare, or one most people would not have access. In actuality, the speaker was referring to a place many people have access and occurs multiple times a month. Judging by what all my blogs are about I am guessing you may have an idea of what it is I speak. A pop-up medical clinic. Even more specifically, a Remote Area Medical pop-up clinic. The sad thing is many people in need do not know about RAM and they go on suffering on a daily basis. So this is my challenge to you, my readers, let someone you know about RAM and then tell them to tell someone they know. There is just too much pain and suffering in this world to not do your part.
So, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
The aforementioned quote was from a gentleman named Daniel Fields, whom we caught up with at our clinic in Lee County, Virginia. Daniel is from Morristown, Tennessee and has attended four RAM clinics in the last five years. His first clinic experience was in Maryville, Tennessee and he described his experience as “excellent”.
Daniel had his front teeth knocked out when he was only 12-years-old. “that really got me away from brushing my teeth,” he said. In the few years prior to him attending the clinic in Maryville his teeth really started to deteriorate. “We heard about the RAM clinic and we checked it out and that’s when we went to Maryville.”
Daniel stated he has not had dental insurance since he was 11-years-old. When asked what he did if he needed dental care since that time, he stated, “I just didn’t go.”
As stated before, Daniel has been to numerous clinics and was asked how he felt about his overall experience. “It is kind of hectic getting in, but once you get in and basically settle down and go through the triage and all that, it is really wonderful. It’s not a hard thing to go through. They make it as easy as they can for you.”
It was pointed out to Daniel that many people who attend RAM clinics are there due to being unable to get help anywhere else and we asked if he had an opinion about the significance of that, “I am happy that there is a place that they can get help, but it’s sad to see so many people in need.”
There are many people just like Daniel who come to our clinics and have a wonderful experience. The hope of RAM is to one day not be needed anymore, but we do what we do so people like Daniel can take their lives back; so they can feel better about their health and so they feel like they have someone in their corner who cares.
The blog I write on a weekly basis may seem like propaganda at times due to the amount of great things I have to say about RAM. You just don’t know until you have actually attended a clinic or volunteered at a clinic. The number of people who cry because they felt so hopeless in regards to their health care prior to the clinic is immeasurable. Again, you have been challenged to let someone know about RAM today. We can’t do what we do without people who spread the word and we thank you for everything you do.