Dr Toni Bark; MD and Helen Gracie, CEO of Scenar Health, have volunteered on a medical mission in Haiti during April 2010.


Monday, April 5, 2010

I Scored Big Today

I received an email from the person who will be the nurse assigned to me. She requested more vitamins and throat lozenges.

She noted that sexually transmitted diseases are increasing as something the teams have been treating in Haiti.

I inquired as to how many condoms we have left. "we ran out" was the answer.

So now I have 48 hours to score some condoms, big time.

I started my day by appealing to some more local Whole Foods for lozenges and vitamins, then I called Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Chicago chapter. They were willing to sell me a box of a thousand latex condoms at their cost, $65.00.

I headed down there as quickly as I could and found myself in what appeared to be the planned parenthood office.

The patients in the waiting room were not what I would have expected; older men and women dressed conservatively reading readers digest.

As I asked for the box of condoms that was set aside for me, we all realized that I had walked into the wrong office. I was actually in a dental office adjacent to the planned parenthood.

I managed to walk out with my dignity, and head into the correct office where the box of "Proper Attire" condoms was waiting for me (that is really the name).

I stopped at the local whole foods and was given 30 packs of zinc lozenges and 10 boxes of powdered children's vitamins.

I scored big today!

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