This week I have seen great sadness, but also miraculous recoveries. This is an outstanding group of doctors working in conditions that most people can’t even imagine!
This has been an amazing experience from a professional and personal standpoint. I came with the intention of teaching practice improvements, but I think I’ve learned just as much from them as they did from me!
The staff in the family medicine clinic do an incredible job with diabetes education. It is really great. And, it’s clearly working for their patients!!
On this trip we have definitely been building an even stronger partnership through teaching and patient care, and of course, lots of smiles.
You knew that you were helping the people of Haiti, what you didn’t didn’t realize till later was how much it helped you. As someone said “we need Haiti worse than Haiti needs us”.
You have an idea that what you will do will be appreciated. However your not ready for the pride and joy in a 10 year-old eye’s as she takes your hand and shows you around her school.
You don’t really know anyone in the group before the trip, even though you are from the same community. After working, eating, and sleeping together for the week, you are friends for life. If anyone of these guys call and need help I drop what I am doing and go help.
You believed you had seen, and knew what poverty was, but nothing had prepared you for what true poverty is.
From the time you land in Haiti your perspective and attitude change. You think that you have seen and experienced chaos, you have not.
The patients were great to work with and very appreciative, but nothing could be the mothers seeing their babies on ultrasound for the first time. Even I’m still a little impressed by all of it when I get a really good image. I saw so many big smiles and even a few tears of joy.