As the minutes wind down on another trip everyone is exhausted, hot and in desperate need of a real shower! What a week though. Every time I think I’m getting used to this, Haiti proves me wrong. These medical missions are always fulfilling, busy and emotional for us all. But above all, they are so rewarding.
The ER staff has been busy and the nurses have been covering different shifts, helping each other out. That’s true teamwork.
The peds unit is always the hardest but again the nurses came through, pushed through some hard shifts and rose to a level above what anyone could expect.
The ICU once again was over flowing with the sickest patients in Haiti but our resident doctor, Dr. Stone, got it done in style.
We had a birthday today. Our physio, Susan Baird. Not going to say how old but she is spending it in Haiti with the team. That’s commitment!
Perhaps the person who needs the biggest break is Dr. Dick Barter. He has been down here for almost three weeks. You would never say it. His spirits are always high and his work ethic pushes us all to be a little better. Dick’s commitment to the people of Haiti is something we should all be truly proud of.
My 3 year-old son cried this morning when he woke because I wasn’t home. Someday I hope he will understand. But for now it is a sign, not just for me but for all the hardworking members of our team. We need to get home. We may be headed north but our hearts are big enough that a piece stays in Haiti.
Thank you all for reading and sending your kind words of support. It truly energizes us all.