Saturday, September 25, 2010

Market day

Market day

Friday and Tuesday are market days in Haiti. Our travel to and from
Dulcine was slowed by market on Friday, but it was well worth it to
enjoy the sights,sounds, and yes even smells!

Shelter from the storm

Some children outside our clinic in Dulcine taking shelter from the

Me and my translator posse

Typical rural house in Haiti

The latreen

A patient with a dislocated left shoulder

Appreciate the asymmetry of his shoulders. We googled how to reduce a
dislocated shoulder on my iPhone and found a utube demonstrating the
process. Hooray for technology!

How great thou art

A clip of a very covert video I tried to take of the Haitians singing
"how great thou art" in Creole as we opened our day on thursday I'm
prayer. Just listen, it's lovely, but don't look too hard as I was
accidentally holding my iPhone upside down so noone would get offended
that I was taking video.


A closer view of our "waiting room."


After having clinic at Trinity Presbyterian church Monday through
Wednesday, we travelled outside Goniaves into a more rural community,
Dulcine, for clinic Thursday and Friday. This was the scene upon our
arrival at 7am... Folks had been waiting since the wee hours of the
morning. The patients/villagers are in the forground and the school/
church we used as a clinic is past the people... It is a thatched hut
with a tin roof. This part of Haiti is very dry and dessert like, much
like Africa or the American southwest.

A very scared Haitian child

Can you tell I was totally getting sick?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Red beans and rice with fried plantains. The Cardura brothers
couldn't have done better.

Comi relief

These sisters came in mid- day and provided some much needed levity as
I had seen some heavy stuff earlier (two kids with structural heart
disease who need surgery but there's no pediatric heart surgeon here
as well as a mother of seven so depressed that she's neglecting her 4
month old). The one in shades is 8 "Christina" and the one with the
doll is 11 "precious". They giggled and frolicked the entire time they
were here. Despite their living a 20minute walk away and the fact that
they and their mom were in line at 4am to be seen today, they looked
so pretty in their Sunday best!

Slinky, slinky it's such a wonderful toy...

For a girl and a boy.

Tears after cerumen disimpaction

But very happy to be playing with a "puppet" which is the creole woes
for doll. Donated by VItas hospice folks! Thanks!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Except there are no banana trees in west v

My own back yard

It's awesome how small this world really is. I get so worked up about
"cross-cultural" polination that i am always struck and frankly
humbled when I am reminded of our collective humanity. Sitting
outside Trinity Presbyterian Church this afternoon here in Gonaives
was one such time.

After a great first day in clinic (we saw 160-ish patients, saw
some interesting diseases like filariasis, and made some new friends)
and as dinner was simmering, our team and our native hosts lounged in
the yard and watched the sunset. A storm was rolling in and there was
a rainbow off in the distance. We revelled in the breeze, marvelled at
the rainbow, laughed about and analyzed our day as a kitten curled up
beneath Bill's feet and children played and laughed in the distance.
The sounds and smells strangely reminded me of my childhood in West
Virginia on a summer evening and I felt at home.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Other sites on the road

Other sites along the road in Gonaives

On the road to Gonaives

Then there was this pleasure once we arrived in Goniaves... all the
roads on the main street had been torn up to "assess" the plumbing.
Really? And we can't find shelter for a million nationals still.

Oh well. We backed it up and went down some side streets to get to our
compound (essaie's church and property). Did you knowthat this city
(Gonaives) is the birth pls e of Haitian independance? Toussant
l'overture led the Haitians to freedom from the French and their
declaration of independance was signed here. The French charged this
country 14 million for its freedom (too expensive.... Even for
something French) setting into motion a cycle of debt and poverty.