|Bike Shop Port-au-Prince|
Today was the third day of my trip to Haiti with Project Medishare. In this small hospital (4 bed ICU, 2 bed ER, 2 OR’s) the clinics are insanely crowded and “the gate” is always busy with people wanting to make their way into the emergency room. It is safe here. Clean. Dry. There is food. There is a bed . . . if you are sick enough.
I was beaten by this idea. Beaten and feeling useless. In an attempt to make a small difference, I started cleaning up the ICU. The supply shelves needed some organzing and I just sorted and disposed of the trash. In the process, I found lemon mouth swabs and my ICU nurse was thrilled that his patient would finally get a respite from the taste of an ET and NG tube . . . small, oh so small, victories. I threw out half a bag of trash from just two shelves and then I had to stop. . . .