This mobile clinic was solely for children. As they arrived, they were checked by doctors while some of us shadowed. After their check up, the children were directed to a classroom where Thanh, Anne, and Huong taught dental hygiene, nutrition, and hand sanitation lessons. They even sung and danced to the Vietnamese butterfly song together. While the children waited, they also colored pictures with crayons. Afterwards, the children had to enter the dental station where teeth extractions were performed. Most children had 3-4 teeth extracted. However, a lot of them put on brave faces and hardly shed any tears. Even our members were amazed at how much pain they tolerated. We did also hold on to children that tried to run away and comfort some crying children. The dental station was definitely where most of the action was occurring.
Noon came and we had a home-cooked lunch prepared for us by the adults. Once we finished eating, we napped on student tables before new patients arrived and we resumed our work. It was shocking how comfortable and refreshing sleeping on a hard surface could be. Or, we were just that exhausted. We continued working for another few hours, ate dinner, and headed back to our hotels. After freshening up, we reconvened at one room and played mafia and told ghost stories until we the need for sleep took us over one by one.
-- submitted by Thuong Tran, UC Berkeley