Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 3 Earthquake 2

Woke up around six o'clock today to my alarm: earthquake #2. Very scary. Sore
neck from a door getting in the way of my head.

Have now been through two days of treating patients. vast majority, serious:
deep, maggot- infested wounds, gangrene, terrible fractures. I saw a little girl
this afternoon with 2nd and 3rd degree burns from her chest down to her feet.
Her mother had been cooking when the earthquake hit... 8 days ago. Many
heartwrenchers.

I am pleased with how things are progressing. More doctors, nurses, and helpers
showing up each day. Our second shipment of donated supplies arrived today
(thanks, Amway Corp. For donating 3 planes to get us and our supplies down
here).

Frequent choppers flying overhead: UN and US military. A visit by an NBC news
crew when a small child was pulled out of rubble and brought to our MASH
station. Sue told me she saw a clip of it on MSNBC's website. That added yet
another intriguing element to the day.

I received an email afer I got down here from someone in the states who heard I
was here and asked if I could find some people she knows here in thisd village
were alive and alright. I had time this evening to do that. I found them to be
alive and well. I took their picture.

More to come. I have to take a Motrin for my sore neck, then go to bed.
Tomorrow starts early. Thanks for all your prayers on my behalf. Just don't to
forget our Haitian brothers and sisters too.

If you only knew...

Steve

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

GOD BLESS YOU!!!!! We are praying for you, and your team, everyday. You will certainly have stories when you get home. Stay safe.

Sheryl Smith

Jennifer said...

Steve, I sit here in my home in Maryland anticipating an ice storm tomorrow, my dog asleep at my feet and my twins in bed, reading your blog (sent to me by my Dad, Dr. Jack Heck, with whom you've worked on La Gonave)with tears streaming. Your blog is powerful. I will watch it and continue to pray for you, those working with you, and the Haitian people. I was there on mission at age 16 and experienced what a resilient people they are!

Jennifer Greiner

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for all you are doing and that you were able to put somebody's fears at ease by actually finding the people they were looking for!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue to help those so desperately in need of it. God Bless You!

Randy & Heather Kraai

Anonymous said...

Steve my heart goes out to you and your team every day Mark

Bill Machemer said...

Steve,

I'm glad to hear you're OK. You had us worried. We saw the clip of the young boy being pulled from the rubble. It was amazing.

There are lots of people praying for you and your group.

Stay safe.

Bill Machemer

Anonymous said...

Steve-
Thank you for all the relief you are giving those suffering people. I am sure you are seeing lots of startling things and I continue to pray for your strength and well being.
How kind of you to go to the village and find someone! Stay strong in Christ! Praying for the healing and comfort of the many Haitians.

Marilyn