Reporting from Les Cayes, Haiti
I can’t believe my time here in Haiti is over—but it is. I’m
writing this from my guesthouse in Port-au-Prince, in preparation for
my flight home tomorrow.
I would like to thank Senator Frist for forming the Frist Global
Health Leadership Program, and for allowing me to have come to Haiti
to work at HIC. I’d also like to thank the many people at Vanderbilt,
Dartmouth, and HIC who helped me make the needed connections and
organize the details of my trip. Last but not least, I’d like to give
a special shout-out to my boyfriend, for supporting and encouraging me
to leave him—and the U.S.—for three months and go work in Haiti.
Although there were certainly nights that were incredibly difficult,
there were many more that were amazing, and I am so very thankful for
having been able to work at HIC. I was able to learn from so many
experienced, kind, patient doctors and (mainly) nurses. They opened
their hospital and the maternity ward to me, and were willing to teach
me and make me an infinitely better midwife. I know that my time at
HIC will forever impact how I care for my patients, and how I look
upon all of the resources available to my moms and babies back in the
U.S. Additionally, working here has further solidified my desire to
work internationally, and has given me a clearer idea of what that
life will be like.
I sincerely hope that if Senator Frist had come to visit HIC that the
staff and the patients I interacted with would have said I was worthy
of being a Frist Global Health Leader.
This last picture is of me and an auxiliary nurse (kind of like an
LPN) named Mrs. Lorcey. Mrs. Lorcey works most nights, and so I worked
with her more than any other provider during my time at HIC. I was
always pleased when I'd arrive to work and see Mrs. Lorcey there
because we worked well together and respected each others skills as
providers. Although at first Mrs. Lorcey didn't trust me--as she
shouldn't have--as I slowly proved myself and my skills she let me do
more and more on my own, and helped guide me through interventions
that I'd never done/seen before. By the end of my time at HIC I know
that she believed in my abilities, and let me work as independently as
I wanted. I worked with Mrs. Lorcey on my last night at the maternity
and in the morning when it was time to leave she gave me a big hug--
something I didn't see that often in Haiti--and told me she'd miss me.
I will certainly miss her, her smile and her quiet, calm
encouragement when I was stressed or unsure of what I was doing.