Mission End, Part 2: Long road home
It’s been a long week in Port-au-Prince. I am super excited to get home and see Allison, my kids and take a long, long shower.
We have only a few hours left here and it truly has been another amazing experience. The team just gelled as they always do in these crazy circumstances, and all were working in unison. We really are larger than the sum of our parts.
In a weird way it is tough to leave. I will miss the sounds, the smells, the patients and our new team family. Everyone always asks why do you go back? That’s why. The patients who need our help. The amazing people so eager and willing to give it.
It’s been non-stop here. Last night I met with senior doctors in Haiti last night to ensure as many participants as possible get the benefit of the teaching we are offering. That’s so important for the medical infrastructure here. And today, I had a great opportunity to secure some space to store materials and help our good friends at Project Stitch. Jo and Scott are incredibly dedicated to giving these often forgotten patients their lives back. To treat them with the dignity they deserve. It is an honour to be a part of it.
Meanwhile on the compound, there have been three multiple-injured patients come in over night and all hands are on deck once again, sprinting to the finish line.
In a bizarre twist, we saw a man who got shot in the head… wait for it… TWO DAYS AGO… and walked into hospital asking to be assessed. The X-ray showed a bullet in his skull… like I said in a previous blog, this place never ceases to surprise you.
We have all worked so hard and are all exhausted but excited to get home to family and friends. Passing the baton to the Dalhousie team next. I have no doubt they’ll be amazing.
Many of you have sent such amazing notes of support for the team. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it and how it lifts us up to do more for the people of Haiti. Thank you so much for that. Please keep it up. It truly does help.
From 33 degrees in Port-au-Prince to 1 degree in St. John’s, see you all soon.