As you heard from HFI co-founder Lynn Shapira here on Town Square Delaware, a contingent of Delawareans is currently in Haiti on their second tour to aid the Hatian people. TSD will be publishing updates from the team periodically throughout their journey. You can support the HFI effort by donating online at http://www.haitifamilyinitiative.org.
Our Little Angel
By Vonne Jones
So today’s blog will be a combo of yesterday and todays. I woke up and was surprised not to hear a chicken or rooster. But I have stepped my game up and living at the hotel. The city hadn’t changed much and I wondered if the people had.
Today we were headed to Monel’s camp and I was excited. Kemi and I were excited. We got on the bus and Danny took us to the camp. It was a nice setup he had. Three tents and we started seeing people immediately. We gave out 40 cards and saw about 50 people. We didn’t have enough supplies. It mad me sad. We at least had 3 times the amount of things last year. We are missing HTN meds…… We made it work though. Stu and Heather triaging it up and Kemi/I seeing the patients. We saw a hodgepodge of stuff: abdominal pain, HTN, Diabetes etc etc. I had to give many pts I owe you cards so that they could come to the Salvation Army. There was one young lady that had a decreased appetite for a couple of weeks and after digging deep, I found out her mom had just passed and she had a miscarriage. I was so sad for her….many of the Haitian people have stories like her. I tried to direct her to the social worker because their are no resources available here in Jacmel.
We finished up and headed to the hotel, freshened up and headed to the beach where their was a dance party. We danced a little brought some dinner and went to eat at the hotel. The service here is awlful so much so that I laugh. It takes FOREVER (ever ever!) to get food. I ordered French fries, took a shower, watched ESPN, headed back and they still weren’t ready! Anywho had my rum punch so everything was alright! It stormed like crazy overnight. I woke up today feeling pretty good. I went to grab breakfast hoping for Mangos, no such luck! Hell there wasn’t even coffee. Water shortage!!!! Good thing I took a shower last night!! Bananas/bread is all I had but it’s cool, I got snacks! (Amy I got Slim Jims!!)
We headed to Salvation Army but before we went to exchange money and buy water. We were on our way and RoRo is a beast behind the wheel. We got there and started to see patients. I had been working on my creole. Saq pase? Mwen rele Vonne. Anyway we steady seeing ppl and towards the end of the day we saw a little angel! Her name was Aliya ( no HIPA). Stu saw her. She was lethargic and very ill! Her and her family were seen at a clinic and were given IV supplies including the needles and was told to find someone to put it in without trying! She had diarrhea for the last two weeks! It was sad and very disheartening. Superstar Heather was able to get an IV in and we gave her a liter of fluid which didn’t touch her. We urged the family to go to the hospital! And I hope they did because I fear for her life. I hope to see her later this week.
There were many tears for her, myself included. She was an angel. Beautiful little girl who taught me alot: made me value life a little more and be grateful for the care in the US. Read this and learn from it. Hug your children or families because we are lucky to be Americans. If you are comfortable in life challenge yourself, step up to the plate and go for it! This is mine. I will do more, will you? Over and out!