Seems strange to write a blog at a time when our nation has been shaken to its core. The terror and hysteria that must have evolved in Ottawa on Wednesday was felt by every Canadian around the world and Team Broken Earth in Haiti was no different.
Everyone was glued to the TV at the United Nations watching coverage on CNN. Receiving texts and updates on Twitter, team members were somber and reflective. All thoughts and prayers were directed to our nations capital. We will all remember where we were as a team on October 22, 2014
The pace of the day was the only thing that kept us going.
The nurses in pediatrics visited an orphanage yesterday. One of the babies they checked on was a new arrival… he was found abandoned in a garbage pile the day before they arrived. The incredible people at the orphanage, devoting their lives to this cause, took the unclothed and malnourished baby in and began to provide immediate care. The nurses realized how sick the child was and today the baby arrived at our hospital for our team to help resuscitate and give him a starting chance at life.
Yesterday I witnessed poverty that I had never quite seen before and will never understand. Travelling through the interior of Haiti, on what can only be described as donkey paths, I saw multiple children, of all ages, living in dirt huts with no clothing. Naked children walking along the path. Don’t get me wrong Port-au-Prince is poor, but being in place that’s even poorer, as in can’t even afford some clothing poor, is a level I have yet to experience. It was tough to watch as we drove by in an air-conditioned truck. Why them and not me? Take a minute to count your blessings. I did. I do that here often.
The good work continued on into the night for the OR team. Trauma has been busy. Busy is what keeps the focus away from the act of insanity at home. Thank God for the good people in the world. I have to believe that although one madman can impact our world, so to can altruism, and altruism is more frequently found than madness.
Altruism can change the world.