Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Two weeks into it

So, I've been here for two weeks now, and I'm still loving it! Life is busy and crazy here on the mission base with medical and non-medical teams constantly coming and going. And when I say constantly, I mean constantly! But it's a good thing! It's been lots of fun getting to know new people, and I'm really enjoying the new position that I'm in, despite my lack of experience...

I'm not really sure what to write in a blog, so I'll just kind of mention the highlights from the last two weeks... The first medical team that I worked with was short nursing staff for the first two days, so I got to take up the PACU (post-anaesthesia care unit), which just to note, I have NEVER done in my life. It all went pretty well, but I had a few stressful moments...but it was all good in the end:) It's funny here that when you're all there is, you're better than nothing, so you just have to dive in. I think it's been really good for me, and stretching, definitely stretching!

Oh yes, now I remember what else happened!!! So, I am living with two other (wonderful) girls - Leeann and Janine, and we are living in a building that is to be part of the new orphanage being built here called Hope Village. Well, while we were moving in we have had quite a few "experiences." I think we have found a grand total of 3 mice in our room - one of which was in my bag because, yes, I left granola bars there. Gross I know! I think we've woken up our neighbours a couple of times as well from our girlish screams...oops! Can't really help that one! The first mouse we found we screamed so loud that our neighbour (Klaudel) came RUNNING over...thinking we were being attacked or something probably. That was quickly followed by laughter and calling all of the other guys over that also live in the village...embarassing? Yes.

We also had an evening of exterminating spiders. Very fun as well. I couldn't sleep because apparently there are black widows here, so that job is now done. We also now have curtains up, candles in the window (which the interpreters are all very impressed by!). So it's beginning to feel a bit more like home, and we're liking it.

So this week has begun and I'm starting to settle in a little better. I still need to work on finding a good balance between working, sleeping and having time off. It's very hard for me to take time off when I live here and there are teams that are constantly working. I'm having to learn that it needs to be different now that I'm living here and in for the long haul (or a longER haul). So, if you think of me, pray for that I think. I still love being here and love this place and this country, but I need to learn to break and not exhaust myself! That's wise right? So ya, that's blog number two. See you in a few!


  1. Hi Linds
    I,m here in Ontario now and your Dad got me on your Blog. It,s a great way to keep up to date. Glad your so happy with your decision.
    You need to get Skype!!
    Love Auntie Lane

  2. Lindsay,
    It is quite the balance, knowing when you can't do more. Because it is sort of a guilty feeling, maybe feeling irresponsible, taking time off in a situation you are in now. But I think it is incredible how God will continue to sustain, how He continues to provide teams, and that He has brought you to this place at this time for this purpose.

    Know that I thank the Lord for your work you do in Haiti, serving Him and serving the most precious, beloved people.

    "Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it."
    (1 Thes. 5:23-24)

    Praying that over you all today!

  3. totally picturing you talking about that in my head and missing you like crazy. praying for strength and grace to your heart as you run the race that's been laid before you, and yes I will email you SOON.

  4. found your blog! I'm so looking forward to reading up on what all is happening back in Haiti. I wish I was there...seriously! I'm trying to find a way back. :D Praying for you, girl!

  5. Linds, I so wish I was there to be able to help too. I am living through you.... you are doing an incredible, and selfless thing...