Day 2: Little wins…

28 Oct

Amazing what a few good hours of sleep will do for you. Was up and at it early today. There’s no shortage of work and this is no vacation. The peds nurses had a rough night loosing a child but with the new day comes new beginnings with an early c-section and the welcomed cry of a newborn. A little win.

At the hospital where there’s already 5 total hip replacements booked for neglected injuries. Some of these people have been in traction for months. Either way, they are here, now, and after a couple of weeks of recovery their life will change. That’s a little win too. I believe in little wins.

Little wins can add up. Went to the general hospital today and it’s really reassuring to know we are improving care beyond what they have access to here. You can see the changes all around you. You can see hope coming back, little by little but it’s there.

This team is pumped. Dr. Rideout had a busy clinic and booked lots of cases already. He’ll be non-stop for sure. Dr. Squire and Dr. Straton have been in the OR for most of the day on a long complicated case. Andrew O’Brien is doing what he does best… lifting spirits with music. He sang to the spinal care unit and sang “Happy Birthday” to a patient. You should’ve seen the smiles.  Andrew’s also been pitching in as an orderly in the OR.  Such an amazing effort all round.

It’s only the second day but it already feels like we’ve accomplished a lot. More to do. More cases. More people to reach. More little wins to celebrate.

Keep all your good thoughts and well wishes coming… they keep us all going.

– Andrew



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15 responses to “Day 2: Little wins…


    October 28, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Keep up the good work! you all are miracle workers and an inspiration to all. Take care and you are all in my thoughts and prayers!!

  2. Vicki Biggar

    October 28, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Please say hi to my sister Michelle Murphy and tell her we are very proud of her.
    You are all amazing people for opening your hearts to those in need..
    Stay safe,
    Vicki Biggar, Calgary AB

  3. Carol McDonald

    October 28, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Great work again, as usual, So much admiration for the work you all do for those people who are not as fortunate as most. Keep smiling as you do what you do best – Help where needed. THANK YOU ALL

  4. Maureen

    October 28, 2013 at 2:44 am

    We here have so much to be grateful for…those in Haiti have Broken Earth ! Well done team. Sing on Andrew.

  5. Mary

    October 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Awe it looks wonderful! Thanks for the updates Andrew! Great stuff.

  6. Catherina

    October 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Amazing selfless work…..

  7. Catherine Allan

    October 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Amazing work. All the best to everybody down there. xox

  8. Mary Baker

    October 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Fantastic ! Human nature at it’s finest!

  9. LynnA

    October 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    All of you are doing amazing work! Hello to the OR team especially!

  10. Joan Pretty

    October 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    keep up the good work god bless all.

  11. Sharon Kahtava

    October 28, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    The people in Haiti are so fortunate to have such a dedicated team. The team should take pride in their accomplishments.

  12. Lori

    October 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Bless you all…. ‘specially Natalie and Leigh Anne 🙂

  13. Elizabeth Walsh

    October 29, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Amazing you guys. Quite the endeavor, and worth every second I can only imagine. Would love to be involved one day with you all. You are making all of us at home so proud.

  14. teambrokenearth

    October 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for the feedback all! Really appreciate it!

  15. Barb Dwyer

    October 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I am not a nurse, now I wish I had to follow that path… to be involved in such a selfless rewarding experience. You are all truly inspiring and amazing. Congratulations to each and every one of you and the work that you do I have a friend Ann Marie Woodrow who is presently over there with you all. I have been following her posts as well. I love your posts and you are making a difference in our world and that is what it is all about, SO PROUD!! THANK YOU.


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