Monday, February 15, 2010

Erin In Haiti – I Disgust Myself

Mike blogging for Erin

Erin outside the team's clinic.

Bringing a baby into a new Haiti.

Erin and the MTW team treated 103 patients Sunday. Erin continues to act as the clinic Pharmacist. She is also giving shots and starting IVs. The team is treating some very sick kids. With the lack of sanitation they are seeing lots of infections.

Erin said that Sunday was one of the hottest days. “I am just filthy, dirty and gross. I need a head to toe scrubbing. I take two cold showers a day, use dozens of wipes and bottles of hand sanitizer. Nothing helps. I disgust myself.” The Haitians are burning lots of trash and there is so much dust kicked up. Everything is covered in soot and dirt.

The MTW team is doing well and has high spirits. Everyone is healthy and getting along well. Erin said that she and another team member developed some “weird rash” that nobody could figure out. A little topical cream and all is well.

Following Erin’s two dirty needle sticks she had her blood drawn and tested. The results just came back and she tested negative for HIV and Hepatitis C.

Yesterday the team visited one of the worst areas in all of Port au Prince. Erin said, “Imagine old pictures of bombed out Germany at the end of World War II. That’s what this looked like.”

The team is going to host a half-day of clinic on Monday and close up shop at 2:00pm. They then plan to head back to their camp, shower, pack, and head out to the airport to sign up for a ride home. There are still no commercial flights, so they will wait for available seats on the first airplane heading to the U.S. It's one of those things where they won’t know where, when or if they are going until they get on the plane. They may wait at the airport for two hours or two days.

With good fortune and God’s grace they may be back in the U.S. Monday night.

Prayer needs: 1) Pray that the team finishes well. 2) Pray they are able to catch an early flight back to a convenient location in the U.S. 3) Pray for continued long term good health for all the team members.


Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary said...

Love this post!! I'm so grateful to be a tiny part of the tragedy and hope in Haiti by praying specifically for you and your team, Erin. So proud to call you "friend"!

Dannie said...

So proud of you and SO happy you don't have the creepin' crud! I'll pray that you get an early flight. Have the pilot drop you off at our house. You know how to jump out of a plane. That's right....this is my friend, Erin.....she's a nurse, she's a mom, she's a missionary, she travels all over the world to heal the sick, wounded, and hurting, AND she jumps out of planes!! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!!!

Pamela said...

Erin, I've been following your journey and have loved hearing your firsthand accounts (via Mike). I've been praying and will continue to pray for your safe return home!