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Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”                    KJV (Joshua 1:9)

 

Nurses are more
Than people in white.
They are mediators,
between human suffering
and human wellness;
Where what they do
Goes far beyond
What is seen.

Author...
E. V. Stankowski, RN
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Title: Thoughts of a Male Nurse of Haiti's Earthquake (2010)
Author: By Kevin Jon Mollenhauer, BS RN CNOR ONC
Orthopedic Service Line RN -- Program Liaison
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Date Posted:

01/10/11

Introduction
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi"

    Haiti - January 2010 “the Event"

Shambles, noise, dust...

Despair…

Hope…

Haunting eyes of the children…

Tragedy…

Life and Death…

An International Coalition of Care pouring their hearts and efforts into a country many had never paid attention to until “the Event”…

Long hours with the greatest of friends old and new…

MRE's...

Tears…

Smiles...

Cultural differences...

Life and death choices...

Failure to thrive...

Wondering if your efforts really make a difference...

Haiti - February 2010 “the Return"

Shambles, more noise, dust replaced by mud and sewage, little progress …

Despair…

Hope…

Still the haunting eyes of the children...

A tent city on the other side of an iron fence and razor wire...

Tragedy as result of gunshot wounds, stabbings, rapes…

Again, Life and Death…

The generosity of a new portable xray machine donated by J/P HRO…

Longer hours with new friends…

MRE's now picked over - will I ever be able to eat meatloaf again...

More tears…

More smiles...

Awakened late at night by a tremor…

Then again by casualties at the gate...

And finally, a cold night sweat rapidly followed by nausea and then vomiting…

Unable to keep anything down…

Exhaustion, muscle ache, cramping, and of course diarrhea…

Zofran, an IV, 7 pound weight loss…

And an early ticket home...

And would I do it again?

Not soon, but yes I would go back....and only because of the wonderful loving and generous support of my wife and family who believe in me, the most amazing friends and neighbors who cared for my family, home and of course dog, co-workers covering my absence, a most remarkable boss who supports me, and because it’s the least we can do for the people of Haiti....

And last but not least a note from an old friend.....

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ “ Isaiah 6:8

 

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