Sunday, February 14, 2010

Wednesday Feb 10...

On Wednesday we went on a mobile clinic. This was an interesting experience. We went right in to a tent city with a couple of guys from the Haiti security (SWAT) team and before we knew it there was a long line of people waiting to be seen. Unfortunately we did not have much time for each person and were rushed along by some people. Me and the other doc were not to happy about that. It's hard to treat people well when rushing through things. We did see 264 patients (3 nurses and 2 doctors) but to be honest, we had little as far as medications were concerned and barely had time for proper histories and exams. So I felt that medically we did very little. But I am praying God used it to comfort the people and touch their lives.

Most of the adults came with the foll0wing symptoms: headache, insomnia, palpitations and heartburn. All symptoms related to post-traumatic stress. Poor people. And it was sad that all we could do was hand out some paracetamol or ibuprofen and some antacids. Even sadder was the fact that we didn't have time to pray with them. Hopefully the fact that someone listened to them and took a tiny bit of time for them said enough. Over the years I've always had a hard time with these very brief one-time mobile clinics. But maybe they have more impact than I think.

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