Blogs from Oklahoma, United States, North America - page 4


June 3, 2014 (Oklahoma City, OK) Final preparations going on for the 2014 edition of the Dean McGee Eye Institute 's Global Eye Care Program 's trip to southwestern China. We will be spending time at our sister institution (Sichuan People's Provincial Hospital ) and their eye care training program there. We leave early Thursday morning (June 5th) from Oklahoma City, and will be meeting colleagues from Northern California when we arrive in Chengdu.... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City April 15th 2014

Oklahoma City We are up at 4.30am to catch the 2 buses (No:6 & 10) to the Greyhound station for the 7.20am nine hour trip to Oklahoma City (OKC) via Dallas where we have to change. The journey goes to time but the buses are the worst condition we've been on by far; dirty seats, many broken and no chargers or internet. The driver for the second leg, Mr Bridges, is a star though; he runs the bus like a ship but he also jokes with all the passengers and says a prayer for safe journeys at the start and end of the journey - to which we all say "Amen!!" He clearly missed his vocation he should have been a preacher – he’d make a good one as well. In Oklahoma ... read more
Route 66 Motel - stroud
At the Motorcycle Museum - Warwick
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North America » United States » Oklahoma » Atoka April 13th 2014

Of course, the best part of any trip are the people we meet along the way. Oklahoma was no different. We first went to my mom’s first cousin, Bill. Bill is the son of my grandmother’s younger brother. Bill offered for us to stay at his house and we accepted that offer. Bill and his wife were waiting for us. We relaxed a bit and a cousin of Bel’s came around to meet his Cali cousin. Bill: I’ve known Bill since I was little. He was always the one to take us around the area. This time was no different as he was generous enough to take all of us to the Boggy Depot area. Bill took us, also to see the old home place and the school mentioned in the previous blog. Another cousin, Barbra ... read more

Kerry's 1st entry. I have a day off the driving today so it's a chance to have a little snooze in the back of the car and enjoy the sights out the window. We left boots court motel in Carthage just before 9am after little sleep, the room was a little bit too cold for my liking but then I'm always cold. The motel was lovely very small and authentic 1930's style. We drove down to Kansas state briefly which Katie got very excited about as it's part of some wizard of oz quote. I'll take her word for it! The next part of the drive was via a bridge called rainbow bridge it was a good photo opportunity and then on to the worlds largest McDonald's. I was looking forward to this immensely, not only ... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma March 13th 2014

Delta flight 5484 boarded and left OKC's Will Roger's World Airport (WRWA) on time...all seats full, seven of them with the DMEI contingent. Members of this years team are fronted by our fearless leader, Dr. Brad Farris - neuro-ophthalmologist extraordianaire, and well know in international circles as the Numbah Won Doctah! Myself and Dr. Don Stone are faculty members joining the team with two senior residents: Dr. Blake Isernhagen, winner of the People's Choice American Idol award when he joined us in China a few years ago; and Dr. Evan Allan- Chief Resident. Dr. Farris' son Jacob - a veteran of several Global Eye Care trips - is also along. He is finishing up his studies in international marketing at OU. When we get to Atlanta, we'll be meeting up with Dr. Paul Chen to round ... read more
1/30th of the way there!

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City March 13th 2014

March 13, 2014 (Oklahoma City) - There are advantages to getting to the airport early. Advantage #1: Easy Check in. No line up when I got here just after 7:00 am. Two friendly agents to greet and guide me. Ticket agent very interested in what we were doing (she goes to Costa Rica to do mission work). She didn't charge me to load up the my two a huge suitcase full of cataract surgical supplies. No line up at security and TSA√ made it a breeze. TSA Agent: "Do you travel a lot?" PLH: "Well sort of...I guess I do". Agent: "I've never seen a Canadian with TSA√!" PLH: "Now you have." :) Advantage #2: finishing up all the email tasks left over from yesterday. Advantage #3: Recharging everything possible! More soon.... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City March 12th 2014

March 12, 2014 (Oklahoma City) - I'm ba-a-a-ck! The Dean McGee Eye Institute's Global Eye Care Program (GECP) will be returning to Swaziland for another eye care mission trip leaving tomorrow. We are joining the Bethany Nazarene GO team for a fourth year, and look forward to evolving plans laid out in previous trips. In addition to the educational and clinical exchange program and the HIV/AIDS Task Force work, this year will include planning meetings with a national coalition of eye care providers, philanthropic organizations and Ministry of Health representatives to finalize and adopt a vision care plan for the country. Drafted by the GECP, the National Eye Care Plan adopts the tenets of the World Health Organization's VISION2020 Plan to eliminate preventable blindness in Swaziland. We'll keep you posted on developments as we go along...ou ... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Ardmore February 16th 2014

Oklahoma' Lake Murray Resort Park is a treasure! We had a wonderful time exploring this park in February. An easy drive north from Fort Worth, but a world away from the rush of the city! We had a great time exploring and visiting with family in February. First stop was the ATV camp area. The muddin' playground was open for business! The sunshine after weeks of rainy days was the perfect weather for the local off-road /all-terrain enthusiasts. The parking lot was filling quickly with pickup trucks, cattle trailers, open trailers and any other means for hauling 2-wheelers and 4-wheelers to the park. With over 1,000 acres of mostly boggy mud, the fun times begin. Families arrived in groups with participants ranging from toddlers to grandparents and everyone was smiling in anticipation of the adventure. This ... read more
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North America » United States » Oklahoma » Tulsa February 10th 2014

Just like any other morning. I went to McDonalds for a sausage biscuit then started my long drive to Israel. Felt good to see all the same people at the coffee shop before I entered an unknown space. There was about two inches of snow on the ground in Independence, so I was not sure what to expect as I headed south. However, the roads became clearer as I went south and there is no snow at all in Tulsa. I hope that bodes well for the weather back East. I leave at noon for a three hour flight to Washington D.C., on a small jet. Arrive at Dulles International at 4 pm then on to JFK in NY at 5:30 pm arriving about 7 pm. They want us at the international terminal by 8:30 pm, ... read more

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City August 15th 2013

Osteology is the study of bones. I mention this because one of my facebook friends said "sounds boring" and then looked it up to see what it meant (clearly not a Nurse or in the medical field). For others, some people have heard osteoarthritis. If you think of that word, then you may come to the conclusion of what osteology is. In particular, this museum holds a lot of animal bones. It came about from a boy and his childhood passion/hobby. It is very informative museum for both the young and old. If you are in the area or would like to take the kids out for a couple of hours, this would be a great place to spend it.... read more

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