GANGRENE AMPUTATIONS LITTLE SLEEP TERRIBLE FOOD WHY DID I SIGN UP FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS? OH YEAH. DR. MAC. NEEDS ME.
WILL MISS VALENTINES DAY, SIGH.
VISITED THE MASS GRAVES TODAY. WAS HORRIBLE,.
CANT SLEEP FOR HEAT. SURGERY IN AIRLESS BUILDINGS. NO FANS DUE TO BACTERIA SPREAD. THEY'RE WORKING ON ELECTRICITY STRONG ENOUGH FOR AIR CONDITIONING UNITS. FAT CHANCE.
A snake in my tent beautiful Rose Python. No poisonous snakes on the island. No large animals. Except crazy men who riot around the UN food distribution trucks knocking children and women and pregnant women down, and even jerking it out of their hands when the soldiers give it to them. They can't follow them home.
Now we are hearing about the slave trade opening to sell children and young girls to US citizens. Shameful.
Still never-ending line of people to the clinic/hospital more always coming. The death dump trucks are full every evening too. Mass graves are an abomination.
Miss YOU ALL. SATELLITE IS IN AND OUT SO CHOPPY ON-LINE.
HUGS TO YOU ALL. COMMENT AND GIVE ME SOME NORMAL--DON'T TELL ME HOW WONDERFUL I AM OR MY SACRIFICE YADA YADA, I'M DOING JOB. TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU ARE AND GIVE ME NORMAL IN THE COMMENTS. I DON'T HAVE TIME TO SCROLL THE BLOGS. WILL CATCH UP WHEN HOME.
94 DEGREES HERE, 25 AT HOME GOING TO GET 10 INCHES OF SNOW MY DAUGHTER TELLS ME. THAT WILL BRING NASHIVLLE TO A GRINDING HALT. THOSE PEOPLE BARELY HANDLE RAIN.
Was off during the day. About to go in for an 18 hour surgical shift.
Today I couldn't sleep. Too damn hot. Volunteered my marine and myself to drive to the airport and pickup supplies. He's not very happy with me right now. Says I need to rest. But who can rest with so much suffering.
A group went out to the mass grave sites to pray over them. I didn't go. I do not wish to carry that imagine of bodies dumped into a mass grave with me.
We drove and sat at the beach for awhile. Beautiful waters. So much political unrest and corruption. They could have cleaned up the waters, stop dumping human waste there and all sewage and built a resort and made a fortune instead of most of the population living in abject poverty.
I heard one doctor say they are still finding children alive because they are used to going without food and water for days.
They had some beautiful fruit on stands we passed walking today, but we aren't allowed to buy or eat. They are a big health risk for us.
Dr. Mac was out and about this afternoon, too. It's hard to sleep during the day.
He's an ortho GOD. They call him the fixer because he does magic. Especially with backs and I speak from experience.
Here though due to serious infections out of forty patients 15 get amputations. He cuts. I stitch the flap over the bone and muscle and wrap it. Write the orders for care for the other nurses. Mac signs them. The worst is the children. They are so brave. I hate peds. Never work at home. No choice here.
Dr. Mac offered me a permanent spot on his team again. I can't though. I'd have to get a divorce for certain. Or he'd just kill me.
Most assignments are not this bad. This is the worst I've ever done with victims. 9/11 was bad, but in a different way.
Got to get ready for work.
By the way did I mention I hate bugs! ESPECIALLY GIANT FLIES.
Woke this morning to a 240 pound 6'5" male atop me. opened my eyes as he pressed his nose against mine and looked into my eyes. "iF YOU GET HURT OR CATCH SOME FATAL DISEASE. I am going to beat you when you get home.
Very funny. That is his way of saying he loves me, take care of myself and he is proud of me. He has decided he will drive me to San Antonio today so we can have some time together alone with outside interferences before I go. He is concerned because typhoid and cholera have reared their ugly head in Haiti. But my shots are up to date.
I talked to Dr. Mac and now I know why he wanted me. His P.A. (Physicians Asst) refused to go and he needs a closer. That means he operates, I close. I thought I was doing triage--oh well. I still would haven't been able to refuse.
The news reports makes it sound like the U.S. is keeping the doctors and supplies out when the President of Haiti is the one who has refused to let the U.S. drop a military force--afraid of losing power???? So the U.S. wouldn't let anyone in without protection (Except those doctors & nurses from Florida who got in as soon as it happened and have suffered for it. IT has been very dangerous for them--that hasn't been reported.
True the violent looters don't have guns, yet. But I have seen what a machete can do to someone.
When planes set down they were being attacked before the could unload so they sent helicopters and dumped the water and food.
Things finally have gotten so bad now the president of Haiti has changed his tune and is blaming the U.S. for lack of aid.
Looks like I will be going in Tuesday with the Doctors without Borders and their crew along with military support.
Taking sunscreen, lots of bug repellent and long sleeve shirts to protect my arms from bugs along with my scrubs. I will drop a line each day if I can.
No comments please unless you have a question. I just won't have time to read them.
Keep you all close in my heart and hope your lives run smooth while I am gone (and when I am back). Those of you who write, keep writing.
Signed up for two weeks. But if Mac stays so will I.