While visiting family in Mexico, 11-year-old Mario broke his arm. He was taken to a local clinic where his arm was casted. Upon returning to school, he was still in considerable pain and, of course, needed follow-up care. New x-rays determined his arm had not been re-set properly and follow-up would prove complicated. Our partners at Shriners Hospital are now on the case, evaluating his arm and providing care. His cast has been removed and little by little he is regaining mobility. He’ll be back to playing lunchtime tetherball in no time.
Michelle has more than the normal amount of anxiety for a teen. In fact, she has a serious anxiety disorder requiring daily medication and weekly therapy. Luckily, she has Medi-Cal, a form of public insurance to help her access the care she needs. However, Michelle came to Young & Healthy when she needed some dental work done, which was a little odd, since the dental arm of Medi-Cal, called Denti-Cal, should have covered that care as well. Denti-Cal told Michelle’s mom over and over that they would not cover the special sedation that this very anxious young lady needed. Try as she might to fix this situation, Mom was stymied and came to Young & Healthy for help.
Our case manager, Ana, was able to set up a three-way conference call with herself, Denti-Cal and Michelle’s mom. With one phone call, all of the roadblocks were removed and Michelle was on her way to having her dental work done with the appropriate level of sedation. Mom commented, “Ana did the impossible!”
What often seems impossible to our clients, just requires a bit of tenacity on the part of our case managers. This was a good day!
We saw it on the news…Politicians talked about it…People took sides…
But when Raul was referred to Young & Healthy, we just saw his most pressing needs. He was very scared and alone–LITERALLY. Raul was one of the many children who journeyed toward a safe haven, from Guatemala, all alone. He was traumatized, to say the least. He lives with relatives here in Pasadena and is receiving mental health services from one of our volunteer therapists. He is beginning to cope with the changes and trauma that have happened in his young life. He is enrolled in high school, making some friends and is the newest member of the football team.
Young & Healthy can’t do it all, but when one fragile child is in front of us, we fly into action–that’s who we are, taking care of one child at a time.
Mrs. Santos and her family emigrated from the Philippines last year. Her boys are in school and she is a dedicated and involved mom. Her three boys were patients in our mobile dental clinic, receiving long overdue care that she simply could not afford. She was so delighted and grateful for their new healthy smiles that she just had to give back. During National Volunteer Week, she helped bake and deliver bundt cakes to our volunteer doctors. She is now a permanent Young & Healthy volunteer providing our dental education program to a classroom of giggly first graders. Mrs. Santos certainly knows how wonderful it felt to have her children cared for by wonderful volunteers–and in return she is delivering that same kindness back to the community. Win, Win, Win!
Seeing is Believing
Sixteen-year-old Maricella had a rough start in life. After many years of heartache and neglect, she ended up in the loving home of her aunt. Trying to “make things right” for her niece, she brought her to Young & Healthy. Maricella still had the same glasses, battered and taped up, that she’d had since she was nine-years-old.
A volunteer optometrist performed an eye exam and updated the long overdue prescription. When Maricella went for her final fitting, her reaction was simple. Tears–big crocodile tears rolled down her face. Tears, because she could see again.