In May 2012, we did medical clinics in Goyavier, Pont Sonde, and BonBerger. This was the first time that we went to Goyavier, a city located high in the mountains behind St. Marc. We tried something new this trip – bringing 2 Haitian nurses to assist our doctor as well as 3 U.S nurses. This method allowed us to see many more patients in a shorter time period. Since May of 2011, we have been using a computer to record our patients, their vital information, their symptoms, their diagnosis, and the treatment that we prescribed. During our November 2011 and this May 2012 trip, we were able to use this information to measure the effectiveness of our previous treatments….
In November 2013, we did medical clinics in Gilbert, Deslandes, and Pont Sonde. We treated 360 people and provided dental care for 60 others. This was the first time that we went to Gilbert. The students carried our medical supplies and all other necessary equipment for about 30 minutes to the school that would serve as our clinic. When we left, the teenage girls carried out the remaining supplies during a huge downpour of rain. Sadly for us, we could not keep up with them and we were not carrying anything….
In May 2013, we did medical clinics in Savonne Brulee, Deslandes, and Pont Sonde. We saw 350 patients. This was our first clinic in Deslandes, a village clinic formerly operated by Albert Schweitzer Hospital Haiti. We continued to use 2 Haitian nurses along with our doctor and 3 U.S. nurses. We were also blessed with 2 pre-med students, Dan Scheese and Aaron Kline, who traveled with us for the first time to get medical experience. However, we used their muscles as much as their brain at Deslandes to carry many of our patients who were handicapped….
As I pondered what to share for this blog, I realized that since coming home from our recent medical trip to Haiti, there is a common theme to what I share about the trip with the folks back home who ask about our adventures. First of all, I usually ask if they have seen our pictures on Facebook, since it is nearly impossible to put the “feel” of Haiti into words. Photos, while still inadequate, are a good start to understanding the beauty and sorrow that is Haiti. I then usually take people through our photos and explain to them where we are and what we are doing. By this time in the conversation, I find myself getting more and more animated as I tell of our adventures and our interesting and varied encounters. We cover many miles, all filled with images and experiences that are so very different from our own lives back in the States. Our pictures end with the photos of the children at the school in Pont Sonde….