The week following the Roanoke team, Bri, Chloe, & I had the privilege to translate for Rod & Debbie Wray’s medical team from Missouri! The team consisted of 7 providers/Physicians, along with Nurses, Pharmacists, Paramedics, and other miscellaneous helpers. We have gotten to know several of the team members from their previous visits, and really looked forward to translating for them! This week didn’t disappoint!
The first 2 clinic days were held at Renault, the area we go every Sunday morning! We love to use our translating skills to help this area, because they otherwise do not have access to medical care. The Haitians are thankful for the opportunity to see a physician, even if they just receive vitamins or Tylenol! It is fun to see the children that we have come to know and recognize, with a parent or other family member! The team arrived early Monday morning to transform the pavilion into a clinic! There was an intake/waiting area, Physician benches (exam rooms are a luxury that is not available :)), pharmacy, scabies treatment area, nursing/wound care/ treatment area, and dental clinic. Clinic was started each morning with a prayer. Over 750 patients were seen each day at Renault!
Wednesday, we moved to a different slum in Cayes, La Savonne, and worked out of a church!
Friday, the clinic was held at the Wray’s camp, and the Dr’s saw the local village folks!
Overall, it was a great week, and the team saw over 2800 patients in 4 days! We were blessed to be able to use our Kreyol to help out with the medical clinics! It was a great experience for all of us! The Dr’s were so kind, patient, and even took the time to explain many diseases/symptoms to the girls, as they translated. Bri & Chloe listened to heart murmurs, learned some basic assessment skills, and even assisted with some simple procedures! Bri also learned how to take a blood pressure! It was awesome to be a part of this team, to work together, and share a glimpse into the medical world with Bri & Chloe! In Chloe’s words, “I wish I could translate for this medical team every week!”
Side note….. Gabby would could have joined us as well, but decided not to due to her tendency to pass out when she sees blood or other abnormalities. Let’s just say, medical is not her thing ;).