Our first diabetic clinic was very chaotic despite the best laid plans. Somehow both diabetic and hypertensive people were signed up for the same day, everyone was late, for some reason a number of patients didnt have their necessary booklets, and on and on. We all met and have been working on how to make things better organized. We must realize this project is still in its infancy and everything is Haiti is so much more dificult.
Speaking of infants, Dr Rick successfully saw the pregnant women of Blanchard today, despite his reservations about it not being his area of expertise. He finished the day saying that Haitian women are beautiful Goddesses of fertility.
The worst thing about today is that the car wouldnt start when it was time to go to buy medicines. We spent a long time discussing how everyone here willl get around for the next 2 months until the new car comes if this one is truly dead. Our ideas ranged from riding a goat, to wheelbarrow, to renting a car which apparently is very dificult in Haiti. We did devise a backup plan for getting our medicines.
I am heading back to the US in a couple days. As always it has been a pleasure working with the PID staff. The Haitians are always upbeat, fun and appreciative, the interns have been SO helpful to me with printing, documenting, organizing and giving moral support, and i feel we have run the clinic fairly well and have gotten alot of work done. The mangoes are starting to ripen, a huge thunderstorm has started, and i am off to bed. I’ll be back in January.
Much love, many blessings for Haiti- Alison