Bonjou from Base Camp Haiti. I’m Donna McDonald, and along with my Chilean friend Perla Diaz we comprise the medical team here in Tabarre, Haiti. Nursing has been my career for more than thirty-two years, but nothing I have done prepared me for the first day in a Haitian field hospital.
I began in the diagnostic area, quickly realizing that examining patients and writing prescriptions WAY exceeded my scope of practice. But what a privilege it was to look into those precious children’s eyes and touch their lives with love and grace. These people are incredibly resilient; they have taught me what it means to press on as I did on that first day.
The language barrier really frustrated every thing for me. All the M.D.s were Columbian so I couldn’t understand orders, drug names or even simple requests. So, by God’s grace, I teamed up with precious Perla, and she guided me through the day.
There was such confusion, filth and disorder everywhere. Spiders were nesting in IV supplies, cots were soaked in perspiration, examination tents had so many mosquitos I didn’t want to breathe. During the day, sweat poured off my face so fast there was no point in wiping it off.
Over 400 people passed thru that day. Malaria, dehydration, diarrhea and fungal infections were just a few of the illnesses on the long list we treated. Many, many “tiny” babies needed breathing treatments but
were so scared of masks over their little faces. All were looking to us for help, and all were in great need. There were sick, hurting, broken people who needed Jesus. Glory to God ! In the last 15 minutes of my first shift ,one found my precious Lord and Savior (but that is Perla’s story, and she will share it later). That’s what it’s all about. One more for Jesus, one band-aid at a time. With that my day was complete… so much more than complete
Until next time…