Finally Some Sun

The sun!! We woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the village.  Everyone had a smile on their face and it seemed that even the activity in Bod me Limbe was much more vibrant and alive.  With the nice weather, it appeared the whole village turned out to be seen. The sun!! We woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the village.  Everyone had a smile on their face and it seemed that even the activity in Bod me Limbe was much more vibrant and alive.  With the nice weather, it appeared the whole village turned out to be seen.

It was “senior day” in the medical clinic although all ages were well represented. 
There were long lines of very patient people waiting to be seen in the morning. As we had 4 medical providers seeing patients, all of the examination rooms were being used and Dr. Brinvert actually set up a small examination area right in the pharmacy!! We saw the usual types of problems of diarrhea and upper respiratory infections.  With the emphasis on adults, we were also seeing many people with hypertension, musculo-skeletal problems, and even a few diabetics.  Dr. Brinvert had wisely suggested that we screen all people over the age of fifty for diabetes and several new cases were diagnosed.

The clinic was long but very rewarding.
As some of the medication that we usually prescribe ran out, we became creative in substituting alternative medication to try to effectively treat some of the problems that we saw. When we were finished, we had seen over 130 patients.  Right after the medical clinic finished, the medico-mamba clinic started.  Medico-mamba is a vitamin enriched, high protein food that has been shown to be extremely valuable in helping to correct malnutrition in children.  We had seen several cases of severe malnutrition that had shown dramatic improvement after only 2 weeks of treatment.

The nursing staff sees all of the children being treated every 2 weeks and weighs them, assesses their response to treatment, and distributes additional medico-mamba to them. 
There are currently 27 children being treated and Haiti Village Health has the capacity to treat a total of 70 children. It is so wonderful to see the bright smiles on all the kids who so recently were frequently apathetic and often quite sick.

We then all donned our swimsuits and swam out to the island just offshore from Bod me Limbe. 
It was a beautiful way to cool off and refresh ourselves after the long clinic.  This however, was still not the end of our day!  After the swim, all of the staff and most of the village participated in a “beach cleanup”.  Gloves were distributed with large bags to collect the debris that unfortunately covers much of the beach.  Plastic bottles were the dominant garbage found and several hundred were collected.  A new recycling program in the nearby city of Cap Haitian has started and the village will receive a small sum of money for all of the bottles.  The plant debris was also collected and will be dried and then burned.  There was much laughing and helping out as we tried to move several of the heavier objects.  When we were finished, there was a 150 yard stretch of beach that was postcard picture perfect!  It was a wonderful last full day in Bod me Limbe.

Dr Matt Kane


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