Exciting night on Wednesday, when we met the Bus and inaugurated it with a little bubbly. Come on in!
The cockpit includes not only the quadrophonic sound system (tunes!), but a VCR. What do you want to watch? Salt of the Earth? Fahrenheit 911? The Matrix? Priscilla, Queen of the Desert?
We needed to check all the cupboards and hideaway spaces. There’s a front door and a back door. Where should we put the lab? Where do we plug in the lights for the dental team? What will it be like?
Pretend you’re a patient. How does it feel – getting free medical care, without first being asked for proof of income? Without having to prove that you’re poor enough, or sick enough? If you had single-payer, Western-style holistic medicine, this is how it would feel. I call it “true coverage.” Just saying.
We toasted the Bus while two MDs and a pharmacist-podiatrist schemed how to put in the plumbing. We need hot running water to do some of the simple, low-tech procedures our medical and dental patients need. A coffeemaker couldn’t hurt, of course.
Serious planning! We needed to figure out preliminary patient flow. Where will we hang curtains to provide privacy? Where can we collect samples and set up the microscope, for our simple lab tests? Will the generator make it hard to hear breath sounds and heart murmurs? Can we take out a couple of the old Bloodmobile couches and put in a regular exam table? On that sheaf of photos of our medical supplies – is that actually a slit lamp?!
Hail to the mechanics! This is the team that can fix and repair just about anything, for a worthy cause. Making the bus happen – including bringing it home from Portland, parking it on a hill, and driving it through the Whitaker at night – is not for everyone, but their confidence and can-do-it-iveness makes all things possible.
Every train, and every orchestra, needs a conductor. Sue, that would be you! See you Sunday.
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