Going to Haiti tomorrow...expecting the worst

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    Jan 19, 2010 11:58 AM GMT
    I am set to leave tomorrow for the Dominican Republic with 4 other medical providers to help give aide and surgical services to the wounded in Haiti. We are hoping that a private chartered plane provided graciously by Donna Karan will take us. If not, then Jet Blu from Boston to NYC, then to the D.R. Once there, we were told to expect at least a 7 hour ride on the way to this small hospital at the border of D.R. and Haiti where our help is most needed.

    Thing is, I found out that this hospital with 6 operating rooms are not equipped to perform orthopaedic or general surgeries. They are only set up to do eye procedures (apparently, this is the hospital where eye care is given out by charitable organizations). I can only hope that I am familiar with the type of anesthesia machines (I'm an anesthetist), if any! YIKES.

    I truly hope that other medical groups have already brought some surgical equipment over earlier (since my friend who is a surgeon will more likely be performing amputations).

    I haven't had much sleep this past days, worrying about some of the worst case scenarios in my head. Paranoia? Maybe. Nervousness? Most definitely. I will miss my bloody mary for sure! LOL.

    Kidding aside, I'm sure that it will be a life changing experience for me and my other colleagues.

    Wish us luck!

    Vinny
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    Jan 19, 2010 12:43 PM GMT
    Oh my goodness, I'm already worried. That must be very stressful on you indeed.

    Good luck and I hope everything and I mean everything goes well. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 19, 2010 2:26 PM GMT
    Wow, good luck! This is downright heroic of you!
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    Jan 19, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    Good luck! I'll keep you and your teammates in my prayers.
  • ndbilly

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    Jan 19, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    I think that it may sound weird to say this, but I would try to document your experiences as much as possible through pictures, video, writing, etc. It may help to process everything you go through when you come out the other side.

    What you are doing is admirable and any help to the best of your abilities with or without the correct equipment I am sure is appreciated.

    All the best and be safe
  • MusicMan87

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    Jan 19, 2010 2:31 PM GMT
    We'll all be thinking about ya icon_smile.gif good luck
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    Jan 19, 2010 2:38 PM GMT
    The best of luck to you. What you're doing is heroic.
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    Jan 19, 2010 2:39 PM GMT
    I am actually jealous,.. it is good to be apprehensive; I’m sure once you get there your instincts will take over and you will be able to do anything that is needed.
    You will stay in my thoughts.

    You are a true hero.

    Good luck
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    Jan 19, 2010 2:46 PM GMT
    Good luck, best wishes and stay strong!

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    Jan 19, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
    I'll bet you're amazed at how well you will adapt to the situation. You won't ever know until you are there and able to make decisions in real time how your cool head can save lives.

    At least you aren't going into this hubristically believing that everything will be just fine. That says you're realistic, optimistic, and committed.

    Congratulations on your decision to go and render aid.
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    Jan 19, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    i understand why ud be nervous and a little paranoid but what ur doing is extraordinary and even if theres nothing there at least u tried ur hardest and thats all u can do. hope everything works out great and i hope u get rewarded in life for the great things ur doing....very good chi headed ur way.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jan 19, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    Good luck and Godspeed!
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    Jan 19, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    Your soon-to-be-trip sounds like an episode of M*A*S*H where Hawkeye goes out in the field to a temporary base and they perform surgeries under a tent. You seem to have the right attitude ( realistic ) going in.

    All I can say is WOW, take care, and follow your instincts.
  • jc_online

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    Jan 19, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    Take care and best of luck helping the people there. And thank you for sacrificing your time to go to the region. Godspeed...
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 19, 2010 3:47 PM GMT
    This will surely be an amazing and rewarding experience that will last you a lifetime. Best wishes for a safe trip, and props for being a part of the hands-on relief effort.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 19, 2010 3:49 PM GMT
    Kudos to you for taking the initiative. I'd like you to do a thread on your experience, efforts, etc, once you return. Best of luck and great that your doing what you are!!!

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  • MattTCU

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    Jan 19, 2010 3:52 PM GMT
    This is very noble of you! Good luck, and on behalf of humanity - thank you!
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    Jan 19, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
    i don't belive in luck so let me say Godspeed and the very best to you

    tis a wonderful thing that you are doing
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    Jan 19, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    I'm going through the application process to go too. I hope you're able to post from there, would be interesting to hear what kind of cases you are seeing. How long will you be there?

    best wishes.....
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    Jan 19, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    You're amazing for doing this. Best of luck.
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    Jan 20, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    Hello guys,

    This is probably my last post until I get back from Haiti next week. We are there for a minimum of a week. I just found out today from our team leader who is organizing this trip that WE ARE THE FIRST MEDICAL TEAM to be arriving at this one hospital. And, there are at least 200-300 people who are already waiting to be medically treated.

    To add to my worry, I was told that I may be the only 3rd anesthesia provider to sign up for this group. It may truly be a MASH unit type of scenario. My friend, who is the surgeon I work with is bringing a manual surgical HACK saw with him. We may not be getting any sleep once we arrive. I am very worried that we may not have enough medical supplies. Apparently, the plane that Donna Karan paid for had been filled with supplies headed to this hospital. We all hope that it gets there when we do! There is rampant looting going on from what I hear.

    Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and sending positive vibes towards our way and to those who are already there.

    Ciao for now.

    Vinny
  • PipHop

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    Jan 20, 2010 12:41 AM GMT
    What an amazing thing to do, good luck down there!
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    Jan 20, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    This is amazing!
    Just know that even if things don't go as planned (ie you are unable to perform the services you have in mind due to equipment issues) that just being there and being able to help people with just minor injuries will still be a great thing.

    Thank you for taking it upon yourself to do something like this.
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    Jan 20, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    Good work, and good luck man.
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    Jan 20, 2010 1:14 AM GMT
    bòn chans!