We are sure that quite a few of us at ProGrin Dental spent our time catching up on our sleep and Netflix shows. While that is not a problem at all, Kim Carroll, our Simpsonville Dental Hygienist, spent her time serving others around her community. The past few months have been anything but boring for her.
Around the Community
There are people in our community that are at higher risk for Covid-19. These include people who are elderly, have asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, and other underlying health conditions. Kim volunteered her time and resources to serve and give help to her church family and community who are most vulnerable. She ran various errands, went grocery shopping, picked up prescriptions, etc.
Simpsonville Hygienist’s Nimble Fingers
She volunteered alongside First Baptist Simpsonville Servant Hands, sewing masks for first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement. “My husband purchased me a sewing machine in March, and I quickly put it to good use. Let me tell you; I thought I would embarrass myself by messing up. But, God gave me direction and nimble fingers to sew countless numbers of masks,” Kim says. Some nights she stayed up past midnight. Another one of our Simpsonville Hygienists, Angie Price, was her partner in crime and had some great laughs. “Thank goodness our husbands understood and didn’t try throwing our machines out of the window. Knowing Angie, she’ll be about to fix hers.”
March was a big hit for most of our country during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The demand for proper safety equipment was sky-high. Kim was able to source and send much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to friends across the nation. Some medical professionals have had to pay three to four times the pre-COVID price and lengthy delivery dates into June and July. Recently, Kim partnered up with a local dentist to research the most durable, breathable, and waterproof/water-resistant fabric to make washable PPE. They have finalized the fabric type to use and have lined up several sewists to start production. “Instead of throwing away disposable gowns after use and fill up our landfills, now dental offices can re-use their gowns.”
Simpsonville Hygienist Pursues Continuing Education
She spent most of her time attending the daily online ACT Dental Covid-19 Relief Dental conference. She earned over 60 hours of continuing education credits. Not only was Kim able to apply these learning experiences to her job, but she was also able to share them with coworkers and other dental related professionals.