Homeward journey begins

Quick post mainly to upload photos.

We are in a guest house in the hills above Port au Prince (here it is said the richer you are the higher you live on the mountain). The boys are playing 45, with Peter again adding rules as the game progresses – I’ve dubbed it the Darwinian game of cards as the rules seem to evolve with the other players’ abilities…

I’m sitting listening to the banter and working on some images.

School yard
School yard
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Girls playing
End of the meal at school
End of the meal at school

A great deal has happened in the last few days, both medically and culturally. This trip seems to have had more down time than others but when we look our case load it has actually been a busy time in the OR.

Mikenson (translator and super organizer) and Peter
Mikenson (translator and super organizer) and Peter

The main surgical highlights include the cases done in our last evening on LaGonave – an appendectomy under spinal and a caesarian section under general complete with the resuscitation of the baby. Strange how the first case we did the night before our official start and the last case we did the night after our official end were both complicated caesarians complete with anaesthetic and neonatal challenges (in fact these cases were the most challenging for me over the entire trip).

Last case!
Last case!

Outside the OR a walk up a ravine to the source of town water, a trip to a school and amazing orphanage, and motorcycle tour up the coast to some small villages were among the many exceptional experiences we enjoyed on this trip.

Down from the source (ravine walk to WISH water source)
Down from the source (ravine walk to WISH water source)
Pensive girl
Pensive girl
Meal prep
Meal prep

Keep an eye on the gallery link as I try to add more photos as permitted by the internet gods…

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Author: gasman5

I practice anaesthesia in Ontario. I love travel and photography. These trips allow me to combine my work and some of my passions, but end up meaning so much more than that. Medical missions are a chance to give something back - we are fortunate in where we were born and it is only by this luck that my colleagues and I can travel and use our skills in the operating room in places where medical and surgical care is very hard to come by. Thanks to my awesome family for encouraging me in these ventures.

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