I'm sitting in one of the consultation offices here at OSAPO. I've discovered that they have the best ever internet connection and so will bring my computer up here when I'm working! I just heard a HUGE ruckus outside, singing and yelling, a bit more than normal.....and talk about a "celebration of life" happening. There was a huge group of people, men and women, lined up on the road singing and chanting....and in the middle of it all was a casket. They were taking turns carrying it...and sometimes it almost was end up....and made me wonder if the "fellow" inside was strapped in cause he was getting one heck of a ride!!! There were smiles on all the faces and it made me feel that this person had been truly loved a lot! They've since carried on up the road.
I'm beginning to have a routine now.....Mon and Wed I come to the clinic at OSAPO and help with the surgeries. The teaching sessions for 5 nurses start this Friday. I've hired Paul to translate for me. I'm glad I had these few weeks to work alongside them and see how things get done here as it's given me a better idea of what they have to work with, what help I can give them, what they already know, etc. They're all wonderful to work with and have been helping me a lot with my Creole. Thank goodness for high school French as it pops into my head often....I'm still amazed when that happens! : ) We will get together also on Sat. so these weeks will be busy.
On Tuesday I go to the Pierre Payen Hospital as Dr. Jean Robert Servius operates that day. Miss Emylene is the nurse anesthetist and is glad for another pair of hands.
So it's looking like tomorrow is a day off and I might just spend it alone at the beach/resort! Sundays can be busy as I go to church....either at Canaan orphanage where I was last year or this Sunday I told the kids I would go with them to their church. That should be quite an experience as there are 19 of them!!!! Thankfully Sylvanie (nannie and general helper of everything) will also be coming.
I am still in awe of the job God has sent me to do here. My devotion yesterday was right on the mark (as always) as I was stewing about how to organize the teaching, did I have a good enough knowledge base, would I be a good teacher, etc.....and God had prepared for me to read in Romans 12..."Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you." That made me stop and think "who am I?" It's true that I have been very blessed with knowledge and skills and experience in nursing and so God has prepared me for what He is now asking me to do. And through my faith in Him and with His help, I will impart knowledge to these nurses....and I think have a lot of fun doing it!!! So how blessed is that!
The other scripture I was led to was from Proverbs 3:5...."Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding". God is not going to leave me toungue tied. I will not be alone! : )
Garret left yesterday so that's the end of the "little Canadian team". We worked so very hard together, learned a lot and laughed a lot....oh and moaned a bit too. Pretty long hours but we survived and have lots of memories for it. I wish they could all come back again real soon!!
I get around mostly by "moto taxi" and everyone stares cause I'm a "blan" and also ride single!! Mostly there are at least 3-4 Haitians on a motorcycle and sometimes 5 or 6!!! I pay extra but it's worth it. And last night, I even figured out enough Creole to book my "driver" to come back this morning at 7:30 to pick me up again! : )
So life is good. Home seems very far away and so I'm happy to see your names on my email. Vernon is still my home and my life....I'm just on a little sojourn right now. My plans are still to come back and teach at UBCO again this winter....I can't imagine being cold! It rained often this week but we went about 10 days before that without any. When it rains, it pours.....and then the road up here is almost unrecognizable. I will never again complain about Canada's roads. I'm driving now and actually did it in the dark a few nights ago! It is absolutely scary sometimes but I keep my eyes peeled for dogs and goats and kids and trucks and motos and bicycles and and and and! I don't drive fast and am always looking in my rear view mirror in case a bus or truck come up behind cause they don't slow down for anything!
Tonight Caroline and the crew at Canaan have invited me to join them at Club Indigo for kareoke night. I think I'll go and sip a cold "Prestige". Haven't had one in awhile so that'll be fun. I finally slept well last night. I've been sleeping out on the open porch since I came to Annie's and I think it was the persistent bugs....of any and all description....that were keeping me awake. No mosquitoes though. I've now killed about 5 cockroaches that fly all over and so decided enough is enough and moved inside. It is warm though and the fans quit about 10 pm when Kwam turns off the generator. I have a small battery fan that I then turn on low and it helps.
So all for now. I'm just going to send out an email to some of you to remind you of this blog address. Even though this is a "group email", please know that I think often of each and everyone of you. Take care....come for a visit!!! : ) You'll love the thick, strong Haitian coffee. I'm very thankful for the botum that Joel left!