day 3 at petonville hospital

Posted: February 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

Sorry I didn’t blog yesterday, I was feeling like crap. My electrolytes dropped pretty low even though I drank a ton of water. On top of that it was a lot more humid than normal so that didn’t help much either. I was pretty much on auto pilot and then at nite I got really punchy which everyone enjoyed.

On to today. Things are really starting to shape up with the relief supply organization. I cleared out all of the syringes, peroxide and alcohol into a hallway to inventory and it looks like we have enough syringes to immunize this whole country and enough peroxide to wash the streets clean.

We had a baby come in today from one of the orphanages that was so malnourished and dehydrated that the triage team had to start 3 lines on her to try and save her. It’s been about 10 hours since she arrived and she is doing better. She’s got a long road ahead of her but we have a wonderful peds doctor from canada working with the haitians to make sure she recieves proper treatment.

Also, half of the virgin island team went home today and the rest leave sunday. I’m really going to miss the whole crew since we bonded so quickly and have shared so much about ourselves in the evenings. I have so much love for them and the work they have done. Thankfully the Dallas team and the kansas city team have arrived with more coming on wednesday. The scary thing is that now I’m one of the veterans.

The Spaniards I’ve been working with have been assigned to do all wound management in the hospital since they are incredible at what they do and the patients really like them allot. Its funny that I’ve come to haiti, which speaks french, and have spent more time speaking spanish while living with the americans.

The Aruba team leaves on sunday as well and they have been such a huge blessing. They are leaving with the German team and the Slovokian team.

Yep, its pretty much a league of nations here.

I found out today that in addition to being the materials manager I am one of the 3 newly appointed volnteer administrators. This should be interesting.

All in all things are going smoothly. It’s night time no so that can only mean one thing. Sit outside, don’t move too quickly and I won’t break oit in a sweat.

Thanks to everyone for your support and prayers.

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Comments
  1. Mma Afoaku says:

    You are doing such wonderful work! Thank you for donating your time and efforts to such a worthy cause, I will keep you in my prayers.

  2. Hermann says:

    Paul,
    you are doing a great job – stay safe
    how is the solar charger helping you?

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