Our first day "at work" was a good reminder that our perceptions of our skills are not how God views what we can do for Him.
Danielle and I were posted in the clinic ready to see patients. Patients I've encountered in Haiti can be really challenging. Longitudinal care by a primary care physician is unusual. Physical manifestations of emotional or psychosocial problems are common. A patient can walk into a clinic with tuberculosis, malaria, or typhoid, conditions that are not so easy for American doctors to treat. On top of that the interpreter may not always understand what I may be asking (try explaining what a "prostate" is).
But in three hours we saw one patient. With a simple problem. Who also spoke English. Who had a PCP back in Miami.
So we spent the rest of the day in the operating room supply area. What would a pharmacist, a hospitalist, and a psychiatrist know about surgery? Sarah brought her pharmacy skills to the task of inventorying the materials and identifying expired supplies. Danielle was a surgical intern in a previous life. And we all liked to organize.
Who knew there were so many kinds of surgical sutures? (Danielle did.)
As an update, my leg is feeling much better and the infection appears controlled. Thank you for your effective prayers!
As far as I could see VBS "work" consists of loving!
May we let God's work be our work!