Each SewHope project begins with an idea and the courage to put the first foot forward.
Seeing the frequency and seriousness of diabetes among the people of Santa Ana, Dr. Coral made a simple outline of topics and Orfe meets with a group each month to carry out the plan. This past week, I had the privilege of witnessing this in action.
Twelve adults attended the clinic, 3 of them for the first time, 1 man and 11 women. Each person carried a small notebook which holds the history of vital signs taken before each meeting as well as any medications given. Once all had their weight, blood pressure and blood sugar level taken, they gathered in a group.
Orfe began with a Bible reflection. One sheet of information relating to diabetes was distributed and discussed. Each person had a chance to ask questions. Dr. Coral was present for the last meeting. I was thrilled that almost each person asked a vey personal and relavant question. Then, Dr. Coral went from person to person to look at their vital sign history, talked with each one personally, and distributed medication with instructions. The date of the next meeting was set before they disbursed.
So far the group has been meeting for six months. The participants are faithful. This is a means to address holistic health, education, and to provide preventive measures. This is so much better than handing out random medication. Thank you Dr. Coral for putting a simple plan in place! Thank you Orfe for keeping the plan going!!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012