Here is a short video made by the fabulous Ally Gondeck of compiled pictures and videos of this year's trip to Haiti. Enjoy!!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
I was missing Haiti a little tonight and decided to add another post highlighting Team Revive's time there. Enjoy!
|Team Revive (from left): Ola, Nicole, Valdora, and Anita|
|Nicole and Anita setting up a wheelchair|
|Pierre with his new wheelchair and Lakers gear|
|June with Cadet during home visit|
Friday, June 8, 2012
Before I talk about our last day here working, I need to recap yesterday evening after we posted. We went to see the hydroplant with the waterfalls where Bonne Fin makes their own power to support the hospital. The hike is steep down to the falls, but well-worth the view. The reserviour is actually run by the hospital employees, and the one manning it only in his boxers showed them where the water comes in and how it works to produce energy. Megan, Geoff, and our new friend Heather were going to hike on but then returned so as not to leave JoAnn with the man in his underwear. Back at the guest house, we ate dinner and then went back up to the hospital with the intention of evaluating a new admission patient with an SCI. While there, we learned about his 3 month hospital stay and evaluated his multiple stage 4 wounds--his greater trochanters were exposed on both sides. After dressing his wounds, we were ready to start the ASIA exam when a man came stumbling in covered in blood and on the verge of passing out. The team acted quickly to get the patient on a bed, assessed, and localized the source of injury--a gun shot wound to his neck. June and JoAnn were in the heart of the action along with Dr. B...the man is very lucky to have had such a great well-trained American team there as the ED Haitian team was a bit on the slower side to respond (which is an understatement!). Geoff was in there as well--Megan and I ran for supplies as needed. Several hours later when he was stable, we headed home. We were relieved to hear this morning that he was still stable and going to make it. He was very lucky that the bullet missed his spinal cord and vital vascular structures in his neck. The event occurred when 2 people collaborated to steal his motorcycle; what a sad event for this man! This morning, we packed up all our luggage, everything June needed to transport, and several Haitians and other Americans we needed to bring back with us. It was more like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle. We finished the ASIA exam we started yesterday and made recommendations for this man. In the States, he would have probably been independent with transfers and all basic mobility at this point. Currently, he's been supine for 3 months and has wounds that would need flaps if he were in a more-developed healthcare system. June is working to get him into a rehab program here, and that will be his best shot at a life in the future. We returned to Les Cayes, and made sure we stopped at the sewing center to pick up some gifts and sourvineres...I think JoAnn was most relieved as she was very concerned about getting there:) They certainly make some beautiful hand-made gifts, and the purchases go to help Haitian women support their families--a win-win. Back at June's, we had a yummy lunch of chicken and rice and then the team headed down to see the 15 patients already outside...most of whom we had seen on Monday and were back for rechecks, but many who just heard we were going to be here again. Megan got to try out her sewing skill making a sling out of a pillow case and some velcro...she was so impressed with her work she is thinking about purchasing one for home! We're finishing up some down time at June's, and then we're back to Seed to pack up and be ready for our early morning transport back to Port au Prince, our fist step on the journey home. It's been an amazing experience, and I think we've all enjoyed the work we've been able to do. The Haitian team is very appreciative of all we do, and June as a person is very inspirational in all the work she does here. Hopefully, this won't be our last opportunity to work with her. Thanks to all who have been following our journey and supporting us along the way!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
We started out our last full day at Hospital Lumiere the same as yesterday, with breakfast and devotional, followed by treating patients bedside. We were surprised by June bursting in to the hospital in Haitian surgical gear, telling us to hurry if we want to observe an above knee amputation. The young, brave gentleman who rode with us to Bonne Fin had a congenital deformity resulting in a smaller, non-functional left leg. Although he impressively maneuvered using only a long stick, he would have a more functional gait with a prosthetic device. We all discovered that surgical conditions are very different in Haiti, but I'm sure he felt more comfortable with Dr. Belding operating, who is our surgeon housemate with an infection rate of zero. After wrapping up the observation, we finished seeing our patients with enough time to check out some more amazing scenery. We will be heading out to the water reservoir, where they apparently have beautiful waterfalls. We'll fill you in the on the details tomorrow :)
The day started with breakfast and devotion @ 730 am. We then got started seeing patients. Geoff and I hit the ground running, as today was a bit easier since we already knew the patients and their diagnoses. We treated mostly orthopedic injuries. Jenny and JoAnn decided they would give blood as the hospital is in dire need. Some patients don't receive transfusions as needed because of the lack of certain blood type availability. In the afternoon Geoff and I headed to a home health visit, while Jenny and JoAnn saw the last few patients for the day. When we arrived at the preachers home. We found that his wife had had her stroke in May 2009. She has residual deficits of a non-functioning left upper extremity and left foot drop. We were able to recommend a custom AFO, which she will be fitted for at June's clinic, as well as a resting hand splint. Surprisingly, her PROM is within functional limits in her left arm and leg. Her husband has been great with completing PROM daily. After dinner we went and saw Jimmy's house, garden, and bees/hives. We watched him put the bees to sleep with a smoldering wood anaesthesia, and then reach in the hive bare handed and pull out honeycomb. It was delicious. We then hiked all the way up the mountain to lookout point to see out as far as the ocean. What a breathtaking view. Gods beauty shines through in so many ways in a country that has so little. I have never met people more richer in heart than Haitians. Thanks for your continued thoughts and prayers. Megan
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Our rooster friend let us sleep in a bit this morning but still ensured we were up well before June was coming by to get us. After a delicious breakfast, we climbed in the Land Rover and headed toward Bonne Fin to Hospital Lumiere. June joked that we couldn't fit anymore Americans but at least 5 more Haitians comfortably. Between us, our bags, 2 patients, and their families, it was a tight squeeze but nothing compared to the taxis or tap-taps as they're called that pack 20 people in benches lining a pick up truck. Usually there are a few hangin off the back as well. We'll have to add a picture later because it's an unimaginable sight! Hospital Luminere is run primarily by volunteers here in intervals. We have the pleasure of working with a surgeon from South Carolina and his wife, the honorary PT Tech who performs PT with patients when June isn't here. We also have a nurse who wants to become a PT who is translating for us and learning along the way. JoAnn and I were very lucky to have Senat today and the rest of the week. Many of our patients were amputees or fractures status post repair. Many have been here for months and most were very grateful to have us there--with little or no pain medication on board. The hospital rooms are pods with approximately 8 beds each about 3 feet apart. Standard precautions are a relative term. Bonne Fine is beautiful with lots of green and shade! It's cooler and less humid because we're in the mountains. Hopefully that will ensure us all a wonderful night sleep so we can be ready to tackle our remaining patient list in the morning. See ya!
Monday, June 4, 2012
Started out early this morning for church at First Baptist MEBSH. The music was definitely the highlight of the service. June located the songs in the hymnal, and we did our best to sing in the native Creole. One of the songs, "How Great Thou Art," reminded us that regardless of Country borders, we are all One in Christ. The sermon, translated by June after the service, was about the lingering political instability in the Country. The Pastor highlighted from Ps 137 and 1 James, and emphasized we are to find our joy in the Lord. Following the two hour service (June said it was the longest EVER), we packed up and headed to the beach. Our first stop included a tour of Aristide's landing strip which he used specifically for drug running; the beach next to the air strip was filled with bleached shells and stones (and a few bones!). A few photos later, and we headed off to "Dan's Creek" to swim and relax...more like the calm before the storm, as you'll see in Jenny's post for Monday. So far the general consensus is we LOVE cold showers, and wonder what all the fuss was about?!? -JoAnn