As Dr. Royer is in Haiti with the CHRISTUS team, updates on the team’s work there will be posted by the CHRISTUS Communications team in Dallas.
In the tremor at 4 a.m, the team’s sleeping tent shook a little, but nothing fell down. They had another tremor about 10 a.m., which some of the wound patients felt, but had no major damage. They saw 2 people In the ER about 5 a.m. as a result of the first tremor.
Someone has stolen 2 port-a-potties from the compound where the CHRISTUS team is serving.
The CHRISTUS chaplains begin each morning together in prayer, asking for God to look over all those ministering to the sick and infirm in Haiti. They began their rounds this morning with children in the pediatric area of the hospital, playing with them, talking to parents, making them smile because they took the time to meet with them.
They also worked with adults today, and have been able to see their resiliency in the midst of their pain and suffering. They are constantly praising God for life, for living, and asking God to help more people in their healing process.
Two physicians from the CHRISTUS team took a ride into town to the general hospital of Haiti. They reported that while we have all seen pictures on TV of the status of the country, it is still hard to believe the ruins when you see them in person. But people here seem to be trying to move on, trying to live a life.
The CHRISTUS physicians were sent to the Haitian general hospital to see if there are cases there that could be treated in the hospital where the CHRISTUS team is working, as our hospital has several general and other surgeons on site who could be using their skills to the fullest. Therefore, they have begun a new service: daily consultation with the general hospital to triage patients and bring them back where the CHRISTUS team is working.
There was intense heat again today, and the team reports dealing with lots of insects and flies. The outpatient wound center is outside, so staff working out there are pushed in the heat. They saw 53 people in outpatient woundcare from 7:30a.m. - 4 p.m. today, and discharged 8 people, so the wounds are healing. They expect a new series of wounds because of the traffic situation and auto accidents described yesterday.
The CHRISTUS team continues to work very hard, is highly motivated, and is working to provide as many services as possible to those who need them.