“THE DAYS SEEM LONGER THAN THE WEEK”
It is early in the morning on Friday, February 12. Our team will be leaving today. The sun is beginning to rise over the horizon and unlike the other days where the skies were bright and sunny, today brings dark clouds covering the southern part of the country. We can only hope that the rain continues to hold off. Haiti cannot afford to see another disaster so soon following the earthquake. One might say “rain, a disaster?” Right now the amount of people living in the streets – in tent cities, homes made of linen sheets, or with tin roofs – would not and could not sustain major rainstorms.
Yesterday was much quieter here at Double Harvest. Our clinic has slowed slightly and our inpatient census is beginning to lessen. We can only hope that this is a sign that we have reached out and helped mend some of the broken bones and the broken hearts within this country.
Before a brief power outage last night, I was able to make rounds in order to see almost all of our patients. It was during that period of making rounds with Luckson, one of our fine interpreters, that I was again able to connect with these patients on a more individual basis. My story was the same and Luckson was probably tired of repeating it as I said to each patient that our team would be leaving in the morning and that a new team of doctors and nurses would replace us. I reassured them that this new team of doctors are our friends, we knew them and they were also good doctors. Most importantly the patients could trust that the new team would take good care of them.
To that end, these days have been long and as the result the week has been short. We look forward to our travels today and look forward to seeing our friends and family.
Terrence J. Endres, M.D.