The first day of surgeries is always chaotic and was today was no different. The thing, though, is the speed at which chaos falls into structure and ordered. By about 10:00 everyone had acclimated into their role and when there was down time you would just slide out of your area into another and help out there.
I started out in pre-op for most of the morning but when things slowed down I moved over cleaning up the OR’s to get ready for the next surgery. When those two things were quiet I would slide over to watch one of the surgeries. The surgeons are very welcoming and encourage people to come through and witness firsthand the amazing work all of us are making possible by being here this week. Eventually I would end up back in pre-op to get more patients setup for the next surgery.
I think one of the coolest parts of being anywhere in the mission is that there are always translators to talk to and learn about their lives. Many of them were children in the orphanage and when they reached 18 started to work for the mission (the mission’s schools teach English as well as Haitian Creole). I spent most of the time talking to St Verty, who is the Haitian pastor at the mission church. He talked about many of his concerns for the Haitian congregation to repel the power of voodoo and cultural influences that draw them away from the teachings of Jesus. I also spent time with Vava, who was one of two translators assigned to pre-op. Verva is able to tap into You Tube so I gave him some names of pastors to listen to and told why I preferred them over others.
Please continue to pray for the health of our team and that our eyes would be opened to everything around us and not always focused on the medical part of the mission. Tommorrow is the preschool Christmas/New Year’s party which should be a hoot.
I’m not sure what I expected from my first day of surgeries here, on my first trip. What I can tell you is there’s a lot to learn from those here! I am very accustomed to animal surgeries, but the human side was absolutely fascinating! I worked the day as a scrub nurse, meaning I was scrubbed into all the surgeries in my OR, assisting the doctors while they worked. In my room, there were two hysterectomies and two TURPs. I love using our imagination and problem-solving skills to achieve optimal results with the materials available to us. What an amazing group of people to work with! I’m honored to be serving alongside them to help the people of Haiti. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and getting to know more of the Haitian people!
I am in complete shock and awe on how amazing this experience has been so far. I went in with no expectations and I have been blown away. I have fallen in love with the Haitian people and their land. Their beautiful smiles, hugs, kisses and voices have sealed the deal for many more missions in the near future. I love watching Madison engage and explore new exciting things. One of the many special moments that I was blessed with today was watching Madison in an operating room during a Thyroid removal standing upright (she did not pass out). Then we fell in love with an 8 day old named David. He loved staring in Madison’s eyes and their connection was undeniable. Then I ended my night with an elderly man who had pulled out his foley which was right up my alley. We connected and he was in and out of the clinic in 30 minutes. We are blessed with an amazing team that is so caring and all have something different to offer. This experience is more than I ever anticipated and MORE! Crystal Maring
As a non-medical person, this has been adventure! Just getting here was 2 plane rides, a “tap-tap” ride, and a long 8 miles in the back of a big truck with the luggage. The poverty here is beyond what I was expecting, yet the people are happy, friendly and appreciate what you do for them….Qualities we don’t always see in America. God is GREAT! Deb Suhr