Tuesday, March 31, 2015: This morning we head to Tent City after we take Dr. Ende back to Caberet to crank out some more ultrasounds! Tomorrow we are supposed to work at Tapyo on the mountain, but today it rained all day. It seemed like a light steady rain during the day and it was heavier at night, but there was standing water everywhere which will worsen both cholera and mosquitoes. This evening I can say for the first time that I feel chilly in Haiti, and I put on my long sleeve shirt. We had pumpkin soup for dinner. Tomorrow is the third anniversary of opening of the Cabaret Clinic so there will be a celebration. Ellen Lawson, MD
Tuesday from Dr. John Ende’s Notes: Had a different kind of day in Haiti today. Dr. Ellen Lawson says this is the first time she has seen rain during the day, and she has been here ten times. The clinic was slow, and the mobile clinic was cancelled. We said hello to a tarantula and goodbye to a team from Wilmington. We received morning offerings from the goats of the compound. We travelled into the heart of Port Au Prince to pick up medical supplies and visit the National Museum. The Mupanah contains quite a collection and includes the anchor of the Santa Maria as well as Papa Doc Duvallier’s bowler hat and stethoscope. We got to see Haiti’s first stop light and many other intersections that could use one. I’m happy to report that the pole trade is as strong as ever. Tomorrow we will be part of a big celebration in honor of the Alpha Omega Clinic serving Cabaret for three years.
Tonight we enjoyed Joumou. This is the traditional Independence Day meal savored by all Haitians. It is pumpkin soup and had been prepared by slaves for 300 yrs. but never consumed by those that grew, harvested or cooked the ingredients. In 1804 that all changed and those newly liberated slaves celebrated their freedom with Joumou! Every Haitian loves this soup. We do too! Bonswa. John Ende, MD
We had a pleasant day in Haiti today. Fresh grapefruit juice, pineapples, eggs and bacon for breakfast at the compound. We drove to Cabaret to meet everyone, and our team went to work the mobile clinic at Bon Repos. I did one minor surgery to drain an abdominal infection. One patient received IV fluids. Cholera is back. We now have rapid tests even in the mobile clinics for HIV, cholera, typhoid and chickengunya (the mosquito-borne illness). I held a new baby at Cabaret, but she was born at home during the night when the clinic was closed. My son Glenn and Dr. John Ende’s son Patrick were a huge help to Dr. Vladimyr Roseau setting up computer connections to the TV from the lap top and DVD player and setting up programs for the new clinic manager to use remotely in the lobby for patients. Dr. John Ende did ultrasounds all day long at the fixed clinic in Cabaret, with much interesting pathology; he will have to detail that. Glenn and Patrick worked the pharmacy table at the clinic in Bon Repos. Tomorrow we are going to Tent City so we will be preparing all the diaper packs to take in the morning. This afternoon mobile clinic director Dr. Francise Milien’s Honda was dead. It was quite a circus watching five physicians on Doctors’ Day trying to start the car with rusty old jumper cables with no rubber left on the handles, wrapping them in scrap rubber and cloth. I thought we might be defibrillating someone who didn’t need it. Dr. Vlad took lead on that part while we watched. While we carry a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch at the mobile sites each day, dinner at the compound tonight included chicken legs, rice and beans and potato salad with beets. Relaxing on the roof now with a great breeze as we rest up for tomorrow! Dr. Ellen Lawson
We arrived on time and walked right through customs with no issues. Vlad picked us up himself in his truck. We have had dinner and are hot and tired. After 4 hours of sleep last night I am ready to relax now. Haiti is quiet, no demonstrations. Vlad is picking us up at 7:00 AM. Wednesday is the third anniversary of the opening of the clinic for ALOM so we will be here for the celebration. Patients from the mobile clinics are invited to attend so it will be my kind of party…all are welcome! Ellen
[Dr. John Ende (of Asheville Radiology Associates) who along with his son Patrick are on their second visit to Haiti commented: “We made it through the airport gauntlet with all nine 50 lb. bags!”]
While Team Mercy #12 had to remain at the compound on Monday due to protests over high gas prices, they were able to help at the fixed clinic in Cabaret on Tuesday and at the orphanage in Titanyen where Anna Shook made a new friend.
Day 1 is anticlimactic here in Bon Repos. Due to the planned strike over gas prices, Vlad was not able to get to us. Protestors blocked roads and threatened violence. This caused patients to stay home. He had only 2 at the fixed clinic and some staff couldn’t get to work. We spent a quiet day sorting and counting metformin and clothes. From the roof we heard distant gunfire in the morning. Only a couple shots. Possibly some Smoke from burning tires off toward port au prince. Kids didn’t go to school. Hopefully tomorrow will be more active.
We are staying upstairs, good breeze this am but muggy and overcast now. I will see if I can send some pics later, though we haven’t been anywhere yet! Blessings, Chris
2/9/15 Dr. Vladimyr Roseau decided to it was best to keep Team Mercy #12 safely at the compound due to area protests over gas prices. Anna Shook shared these photos from Grace Center which the team is staying.