The Hospital Search -
The emergencies that are too serious for our clinic need to go down to a hospital... and the nurses always have a challenge figuring out which one will take their patient... and with Matt taking over directing the clinic, he wanted to see what services some hospitals offered. So the nurses Matt, Kay, and Todd.. Keith and I (was so beyond ecstatic that I got to go...) went to Port to check some hospitals out.
The first one we went to – Ebenezer- was my favorite. The outside building does not resemble a hospital at all.. We walk through the gate and talk to the shotgun man at the front. He ushers us inside the waiting area. An open sort of room with a TV and all. Keith knows the doctor's name so it's an easy ticket to get to see him. Dr. Roberto. He is a fantastic man. Just an amiable person and. I don't know him but a very good doctor. So he takes us around the hospital and the surgery room> ok so turns out that my dreams for being a nurse ( or a nurse in the operating room ) definitely need to come true. It was AH mazing. We first go in the scrub room. And put green scrubs over our clothes and then walked through a glass sliding door and inside another room. Just pure white spotless tiles all over. And change our shoes into some white croc- like ones. And over the line and another sliding door into the surgery room! Not normal Haiti standards for sure. So clean and Keith told the doctor “cleanest hospital he has ever saw in Haiti.” made the Doctor blush. The whole sterilizing process was fascinating as well..Just amazing that here in this country.. the poorest in the Caribbean. This wonderful clean place to help these souls. I told Matt I would totally have a surgery here. But he knowing what he's talking about.. said it still looked a little dubious.
Bernard Mevs – maybe the best hospital in Port? Or so people have said. Doesn't seem like a traditional hospital because its a lot of different buildings all over the yard... but they have a BABY and CHILD building. And it was so lovely! So many beautiful faces and all just looking and looking at you. We couldn't go into the baby ICU, but we walked into the ER. And the saddest thing I saw. A little baby boy..who had a giant water head. His head was about three or many more times too big.. so sad. He was abandoned and the lady who was holding him had found him and brought him it get help.. thankful for people like that! I wanted to stay and work for sure with the children.. they stole my heart...(how many places can you leave your heart?)
Our Little Trip To America....
It's Keith's last week here..don't cry.. do not cry.. but anyway they wanted a little outing and so all the blans packed our bags for the BEACH. All the way down the mountain ( if anyone was wondering what this consists of – it's going about 40 miles that takes two and a half hours. And the road is definitely getting worse... but its a slow bumpy ride) through Port and then we headed north. I just love the drive... it seems more just little towns here and there.. all having market day and they sell different things than back in Oriani. Some very wanted peanut brittle was offered. Yum stuff. And then comes the coastline.. and many different beaches we can go to. I tell you, picture perfect! Just pure loveliness! God's. We got there in the later afternoon.. and quickly jumped in the ocean until it was dark.. just relaxing... and then the pool!! Yes, that is a main attraction at the beach. And spent till suppertime there. It's huge and kind of makes a swirly shape. And then Food..Food. So much at the buffet.. just amazing.. and I mostly ate fish. Right fresh! We stayed in a motel right on the beach.. if only we would have stayed one more night or I would have thought of it sooner... but I would have loved to sleep out on the beds they had out on the sand. My favorite thing about the beach is .Morning swims. 6 o'clock and the warm ocean water go together just fine.... and we spent the day kayaking.. playing tennis and swimming.. There was sailing.. that Matt, and Sherri and Bodie tried out.. paddle boarding. So many activities to do! And some memories I will never forget with the Toews'. Oh and one other favorite thing.... free Pina Coladas whenever you wanted one. Whenever.