Thank you, Dr. Tanabe and Valley Oral & Facial Surgery for donating Ray’s oral surgery to the Third Street Clinic Emergency Dental program! Third Street Clinic relied upon our partnerships to organize Ray’s hospitalization for oral surgery to remove his remaining teeth which had become infected. Thanks to the work of Jill Cormier, Altru Health System will be donating hospitalization for the services Dr.Tanabe is providing. Ray is on the Donated Dental Services list for dentures since December 2015. The waiting list has gone from 1 to 1 ½ years. Ray will need to adjust his lifestyle with special diets to accommodate for the lack of teeth, until assistance is available.
Curtis’s story is just one of the many from our Walk A Mile In My Shoes collection. We post the photos and quotes on our Facebook page
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An eye exam was arranged through the Third Street Clinic vision program. The Third Street Clinic vision program will also provide Alice with new glasses. At their last visit, Rita at Third Street Clinic was happy to hear that Alice was able to get into the Grand Forks Housing Authority senior living. The peace and quiet provides the rest that is sorely needed!
Fifty-six year-old James appeared weary and dirty as he walked into Third Street Clinic. While sharing his story, James paused several times to swish water around in his mouth. He said it was the only thing that slightly relieved the tooth pain he’d had for several days. James’s jaw was swollen, and he hadn’t slept the past two nights due to pain. James hadn’t wanted to take time off from his construction job, nor did he have dental insurance or transportation, so his employer sought out TSC and drove James to our office. TSC called a partnering dentist’s office, who agreed to see James that afternoon to start antibiotics and arrange for tooth extraction with a partnering oral surgeon. James became tearful and said, “Thank you” several times before leaving.
Mary and her three-year-old daughter stopped by Third Street Clinic on a hot, humid afternoon in July. Mary, who was seven months pregnant and had asthma, ran out of her nebulizer medication two weeks earlier and just used the last puffs of her rescue inhaler. Her husband had been laid off from his previous job, and insurance hadn’t yet started at his new job. Mary had tried rationing her medications, but the hot, humid summer and a home without air conditioning were taking their toll. Third Street Clinic provided Mary with medication vouchers to use at a participating pharmacy so she–and her baby–could breathe and rest easier.