This year, RAM was absolutely an amazing experience. SOP members worked hard together to help patients, and patients were very grateful for us to be there.
On the last day, a guy came up to me and asked me if I knew of any hotlines that helped pay for medications and I gave him St. Mary’s health wagon information. He gave me a hug and told me how much he appreciated us being there. In triage, while I was doing A1Cs, a middle-aged woman brought her mother in and said her mom used to be on insulin and she just can’t pay for the medication anymore. Her mother has to choose between her medication and her house mortgage, and when she found out we had insulin, she started crying and told me how much that’s going to help her family.
I had such a great time working with other SOP students and talking to the patients that I didn’t realize how hot (100 degrees) it was, and I was just motivated to help as many people as I could. Other health-care professionals and volunteers were also very motivated, and I had a great time working with them and I was able to learn from the nurses that I worked with.
Most of the patients had a good attitude despite the fact that they had been waiting outside either all night or most of the night with few hours of sleep; they were just happy to be there.