Port au Prince

Port au Prince
"He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure." Psalm 40:2

Thursday, April 22, 2010

jobs, jobs, and more jobs

The medical personnel have clear job titles although they are all working way above their pay grades with a variety of tasks they have not done in a long time and new tasks which they would never be asked to do in America.

For non medical personnel the jobs and the tasks have varied. Talking with the Health Director for World Relief about assessment surveys, conversations with Government officials about rebuilding and the design for reconstructing Haiti. And in the hospital where it is all hands on deck there have been a plethora of roles. Our Creole speaking member has definitely been the most compassionate medical translator out there as he has to be constantly reminded we have to move on to the next patient. The worst job requiring the most commitment is organizing the stock room that is filled with donated medical "junk" in some cases and medicines that will not ever be used. The scariest job is serving the limited lunches we have to various places in the hospital and realizing whether you are a homeless Haitian or an American medical volunteer when it comes to scarcity we all hoard. We serve as pharmacists dispensing medicines and instructions minus the 4 years of school and required licenses. Today the men were promoted to plumbers as we put in new pipes for a whole new plumbing system. Serving God is always the adventure.

-- John The Plumber.

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