As I sit on the plane to Haiti this morning with our team of 17 volunteers for our July medical clinic, I can’t help to think about a question I often get asked. Would it not make more sense to just send the money instead of you paying to go? To some, yes…but these short-term […]
Life in Haiti is different, which in no way means that their way of life is wrong because they are not like us. I’ve learned very quickly that our western ways are not the grace of everything. Our western society demands that problems be solved, questions be answered, and interventions be prompt and successful, but […]
On the first day of clinic we saw this little boy with an abscess below his left eye. The swelling was obstructing his vision and the entire area was very tender to touch. A large amount of pus was easily expressed. We gave an intramuscular injection of Rocephin and started oral Keflex. The boy returned today to evaluate his […]
Since being in Haiti, I have learned the value of a short “bonjou” or a squeeze of the hand. Yes, we (Americans and Haitians) may not speak the same language, but I have learned there are other ways to communicate and more importantly to show love. Expressions of love can come in the simplest of forms. […]
Sometimes in life there are those moments that change the course of your own intended destination. It’s the moment when gears shift and there is a dawning deep within you that there is more that you could be about.As this is my second experience with FOTCOH I realize that this team serving those of Haiti is […]
The road to the clinic is long, seemingly endless. Countless turns and twists. However the process of adjusting is much, much longer. It is so different in Haiti, as compared to the US where you’re never more than a few steps from a new idea or experience.Water and garbage run freely through the streets, and disease rules, […]
(Front, from left) Barbara Hammond, Dick Hammond, Bill Maher (RPh), Joshua Shadlen (student), Heidi Walker (RN) Back row, l-r; Juliana Shadlen (student), Sandra Antor (RN), Linda Bryan (RNP), Kent Bryan (MD), Anne Hramec (RN), Sheilla Beauchamps (student), Marie-Florence Shadlen (MD), Joyce Harmon (Lab), Bruina Beauchamps (student).
(Front, from left) Jeremy Ufert,MD, Garron Lucas,MD, James Bender,EMT-P. Second row (l-r): Gina Mooney,RN, Jane Gray, Larry Shank, Dick Hammond, Renee Perin,RN, Ed Monroe,RPH, Donna Monroe. Third row(l-r): Eric Behrens, Carol Steiner, Kay Shank,RN, Sue Behrens,RN, Sharon Lukas,RN, Leigh Behrens, Lori Fulk,DMD, Barbara Sumner, Melinda Frank,EMT-P Not present: Mary Hedges, Bob Hoy,Pharm-D.