We have had full clinic days this week both at the Mama Baby clinic and off-site at a nearby school which was serving as a satellite clinic. Our days have usually started by 9:30 and have ended by 4:30. Between the two of us and the group of 10 CCNM students we were able to treat a couple hundred people overall!
Clinic today was particularly rewarding for me. It was a day of many follow-up visits with patients Keshia or I had seen earlier in the week or last week. All of them had great improvements in the ailments they originally presented with- and while it is unrealistic to expect complete resolution of complicated chronic conditions wrapped up with cultural and economic challenges- hearing about improvements puts a smile on my face. Keshia saw a very malnourished woman last week with hypotension (resulting in daily fainting spells), full body itching, and various other complaints. With some simple interventions and education she walked in today to report no fainting since the last visit and her blood pressure was increased to a healthy 120/78. I hope and pray that she only continues to feel improvements. Another child presented originally with digestive disturbances and diarrhea. After cutting out coffee and sugary drinks from the child’s diet (common beverages for kids here) and adding some probiotics and a multi, there was significant improvement. A little education goes a long way.
This weekend will bring many comings and goings- tomorrow morning we’ll be saying goodbye to the group of students who will be returning to Canada- they will be missed! It was wonderful having them around to help and watching them grow in their clinical skills. We’ll also be saying goodbye to a lovely midwife who has spent the week here- wishing them the best on their travels! We are looking forward to meeting an Acupuncturist who should arrive in the next couple days.
I can’t believe we only have a week and half left here! We’ll be soaking up all we can of beautiful Haiti until then!