Today was an unbelievable day in Haiti. Jeff worked all night in the ER. Pediatric nurse practitioner, Tracey Herstich, and critical care doctor, John Pope, covered the intensive care unit, and I was in the clinic.
With the help of a medical interpreter, I saw more than 16 patients. I treated the majority of them — and would have admitted them to the hospital by our standards, but these children had to go home.
One mother brought in a 6-day-old neonate, who has been vomiting green emesis (bile) since birth and has not had a bowel movement.
We confirmed a likely obstruction, and asked for a surgery consult, but when will that come?
So much is needed here. Though there is such sadness in healthcare tools, there are such amazing people. We are exhausted, but ready for more tomorrow.