Yesterday was the best of times and the worst of times. We were able to see 61 patients, which was great. But while it was busy, nobody was watching the door and over fifty extra people walked in. There was no way for us to see them all, but everything was going so smoothly, and the people of Chabin were so patient and kind that it wasn’t an issue. We had to send 30 home for the next day, but they were all fine with that. They trusted that we would be there.
Unfortunately, Dr Antoine was leaving the country the next day so we had no idea who would be our doctor for Wednesday or even if we would have one. It was a little stressful. I (Rich had become so focused on getting a doctor that I had forgotten how incredible the day had been. It wasn’t just that the day went smoothly, but we able to create a relationship with the community. Whether we found a doctor for Wednesday or not, we were able to show the people in Chabin that they weren’t alone in their struggles, but that people were trying to help.
As an added adventure, we decided to take just one trip to get down the mountain. 21 people in a van? No problem. But I have to admit, my feet fell asleep by the time we got to the mission house in Jacmel. The sardine van might work a little better for the more youthful members of the group.