Friday, February 12, 2010

Out of the frying pan...

Well, I finally got my chance to help out with Haiti. There is a temporary hospital set up outside of Jimani, which is about 1 hour from Port-Au-Prince on the border. We got here about 5 hours ago and there has been nothing but intensity, I expected to see a lot of people suffering but at this point most of the surgeries have taken place and we are simply dealing with the fairly nasty politics and logistics involved with maintaining a refugee hospital in a country that doesn't really want any more refugees. There are only about 300 people here and it sounds like there is considerably more people in the camps and the clinics on the other side. Money is flowing into Haiti for aid much faster than the Dominican Republic (for good reason), so there is a lot of work to be done simply to keep the project going. As for the medical staff, there are two major groups; a group of doctors and nurses from Vermont and half of a Relief Team from Spain. The Spanish team seems pretty awesome except their accents are whacky and they keep using the word "vosotros." They have quite the command center set up and it looks like something out of a James Bond movie (who knew that they make inflatable satellite dishes for high speed internet?), the volunteers that we are replacing are saying that things have calmed down a lot over the past week. It sounds like things will get interesting again when we lose most of the nursing staff on Tuesday because of a storm in the NE part of the US. Their replacements can't make it down in time, I hope I don't get stuck changing bed pans.

2 comments:

Katie Reed said...

Ahhh ask Aunt Mindy about bed pans!! May not be so bad. Consider it more patient face... or not... time!!!

Love you, Mom

WhoWouldHaveThought said...

Hope everything goes well. It's good to hear that you can help out.