Day 1 = 287 patients!!!

IMG_0711Hello everyone,

I am sitting here, getting ready to go for our 2nd clinic!

The day yesterday was unbelievable…. we saw 287 patients!!  It was 200F around here (at least it feels like)…. but everyone did a great job!!!  The doctors were great, the pharmacy was organized and the triage was moving!!!

Here on this picture, are 2 of the 7 translators that we have with us all the time: Herby and Stanley.  They are teh ones organizing this entire trip.. great guys!! They have HUGE heart and are always available….

Here is something that one of team members, Janet Fargo, wrote in her diary…. from yesterday experience:

Right now it is 5:30 in the morning.  I picked the bed next to the window.  I thought it would be cooler.  Our room kind of looksIMG_0757 like summer camp.  There are 11 beds in here, and six of them are bunkbeds.  You walk down the hall to the common area and the the guys have their room.  Okay so back to now.  On the windows, it is as if they have thick sturdy plastic plantation blinds that they keep open all the time.  Obviously no no air condition.  I am sitting here watching the sun rise over the mountains.  It is beautiful!  Please don’t let me make it sound like this is some vacation.  I got a pillow and a bed.  I was cold in the middle of the night and left my sweats at home…What was I thinking?   I had to use my towel as a cover.  ALL night long you hear DOGS.  Maybe one defending himself or his food and then it starts in what sounds like a dog fight.  Okay, that is not the best part!  They have ROOSTERS!  I think these things are afraid of the dark.  You got one in charge and he just wants to see if ALL the others are listening.  Oh, did I tell you they are all accounted for!  Yes, I brought my ear plugs but they don’t work.  I may have to write the company when I get back, however me and on of the women here agreed they’d keep insects out of our ears!  I was so exhausted yesterday.  We separated all of the stuff.  Guiga was in her very in charge organizational mode.  She really has it together.  I hope she gets to enjoy this and take it in.  The kids just are magnets!  I love them.  The communication is the IMG_0773_2hardest, but they don’t mind.  They just want to hold your hand.  Today we are going to hold a clinic here at the orphange.  We are here right now with a group of 11 from a Baptist Church.  They will leave this morning at 9.  Last night they were so LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG winded!  They could have recapped in the airport or on the bus.”

“I am not sure what you are doing your speech on but the way of life is justIMG_0766_2 so different. I can’t even begin to make you understand. It is even worse than Memphis. I am at the orphange which is somewhat like a compound. None of the rooms have doors or windows. Almost looks like it could be abandoned, but there are 40 kids who stay here. They have sheets or blankets that hang on their windows and doors. There are about 4-5 kids in each room about the size of my master bathroom. Some of the smaller kids don’t wear underwear and it doesn’t seem to bother them. I have seen kids wearing shoes or lack of. One little boy had on a knock of pair of crocs and his feet were hanging out the toe part of them. There is one thing here that is so very, very different…Not any of them complain. Not about one single thing. Now of course when we were at the medical clinic today, we asked them what was wrong and they told us. These people walked for miles to come see us. Alot of these people have Malaria, worms (stomache), scabies (skin condion), fever (headache). Of course they all are in need of vitamins. 85% to 90% of the Haitian people are Catholic and therefore do not believe in IMG_0800birth control. There are so many babies! There are so many women with multiple babies one after another. Those IMG_0724the kids that break my heart. I saw some kids waiting in line today for hours by them selves, ages 6-7 just to be seen by a Dr. According to Mike who is oversees the orphange said that the life expectancy for a Male is 58 and for a Female is just a little longer. When we arrived in the airport we were exscorted off the walk to the terminal. We then had to file down an escalator and wait for a bus. They put about 25 of us like sardines on this one bus to transport us across the airport to customs (make sure it is okay to come in the country). The wait was about an hour. Finally when we got through we got to baggage claim. It looked like an old airplane hanger, of course abandoned. The guys who were doing baggage were working through the roll up doors. Manual. Eager and willing to work. The belts were not working, were old, were put together, you have no idea. It was like a cattle call, almost like down on the floor at the New York Stock Exchanges. You roll the cart out onto the cobble stone, broken path to the street. Did I say dirt street. People sell food and items from the streets, just sitting down on the sidewalk. You see flies on the food, etc. It is very sad.

The epicenter of the earthquake here in Haiti was just outside Port Au Prince. The damage was felt here in and in most of the country.”

We have to go now… getting ready to run 2 different clinics today.. it is, already, about 150F (it really feels like) and I will try to post something later about our experience today!

Here are some pictures of the kids in the orphanage!!IMG_0786_2

see you soon,


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