Introduction from MS4 Beth Carpenter and contribution from Gasser Joseph (nurse):
Today was another great day in and out of the operating room—we completed several pediatric and adult hernia repairs, a pediatric circumcision, and the removal of a chronic ulcerating skin lesion on a patient's leg that required a full thickness skin graft. All in a day’s work! We’ve also had some down-time at night over the past few days for evening serenades, Coke, and enjoying the view from our beautiful roof. (See bottom of post for some fun Week 3 photos of all three of these!)
The unsung heroes of our trip are our nurses. Venecia, one of the nurses from Week 2, was actually dubbed the “PACU angel” by the medical students because she helped us so much in the recovery room. Not only do our nurses heavily coach us along the way when it comes to pre-oping and post-oping our patients (vitals, consents, IV access), in addition to their involvement in the operating room, but many of our nurses are Haitian themselves and have an extremely valuable perspective that they bring to our trip and have the grace to share with us along the way.
Gasser Joseph is one of our Week 3 nurses and was kind enough to write some thoughts on what initially brought him back to Haiti on our medical trip as a nurse, as well as what motivates him to keep coming back.
Some additional Week 3 photos taken so far!