Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Team Renew Day 5
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!