Sunday, May 2, 2010
This morning started with roosters crowing. Some sounded more like they had a severe case of strep throat and sounded more like cackles. It didn’t take long for the roosters to be overtaken by the sound of traffic, horns blaring and people yelling. The previous night had ended with the thumping of Haitian music from a nearby house. Breakfast was a croissant, pineapple and hard boiled egg. We found out that we would not be getting lunch supplied to us or water. We pooled all our snacks together and topped off water bottles; heading out into the Haitian heat.
I left at 0730 with two of our teams nurses and two doctors we had met from Texas. We teamed up with two local translators and climbed into the back of a caged truck. Being a cop allows me to usually be in control of a situation. To say that I was uneasy about being in a caged truck, not knowing where I was going, and not knowing where I was would be a gross understatement.
We bounced our way down roads for 30 minutes, finally turning into a back alley. I noticed a small waterway that was used for drainage I think. The color of the water was a hazy, flem type color.While driving to our destination we saw garbage being burned 10 feet from a river, goats eating other piles of garbage, cows drinking the water, and children playing in the water.
We set up our clinic in a church which consisted of wood and tin. An announcement was put out by the pastor over a megaphone about the clinic. All age ranges were seen and all types of medical problems showed up. It was more frustrating than anything else, for many of the conditions require more than what the clinic had available. A man had a broken wrist from the earthquake that hung limp on his arm. It was completely useless. The hardest sights to see were children who suffered from a host of problems. Their crying broke my heart.
The clinic lasted for about 8 hours and the nurses and doctors saw about 120 people. We packed up at the end of the day and drove back to the school we were staying at…not knowing what lay ahead the next day. This we did know, that we would need faith and trust in God’s sovereignty more than our ability.