Earlier this week we began our series of oral Typhoid vaccine, and in the next few days we will need to begin the prescribed malaria prevention. Needless to say, I was (am) very hesitant with the idea of putting a foreign substance in my body...one I am unfarmiliar with and honestly don't know much about. But with that said, having researched Haiti and the environment we will be living in, I know it is very much needed.
Within the last few weeks we have received an abundance of support from our community. Our friends, colleagues, and patients have come together to support us in all ways- through advice, words of encouragement, prayer, monetary donations, and donations of supplies for us to take on our trip, we have been showered with love and support. Slowly the donated supplies have trickled in and over and over again filled the box that has been sitting in our waiting room.
We have sent a formal letter, a verbal request, and several emails to our local hospital, asking for their support in the way of medical supply donation. As of today, we unfortunately have not heard back. While we only have a week remaining to collect these supplies, we hold on to hope that our community hospital will answer our request and fulfill this need to support us in our mission.
We have recently been made aware by the Medical Director of Midwives for Haiti that there is an URGENT need for the medications bupivicaine and lidocaine for spinal anesthesia. Obviously, for a busy hospital, this presents a dire situation. Again, the support of our hospital, or any other medical profesisonals who might have access to these medications and would like to donate, would be greatly appreciated.
Lastly, we are continuing to get inquiries as to what is still most needed. Here is an updated supply list:
Bupivicaine and lidocaine
Anti-hemmorhagic medications (Cytotec, Pitocin, Methergine)
(Or Donations to help us purchase these items)
Gloves (both sterile and non-sterile)
Blood pressure cuffs
Protective eye wear
Cleaning Solution for floors and instruments
Plastic saran wrap
9V batteries and 3V batteries
Ziplock bags: snack, quart, and gallon sized
Lighter (long, hand-held)
Wash Cloths and towels
HP #60 Black ink cartridges
Clear Plastic Shower Curtain Liners
Removable Wall Hooks (for hanging towels, etc.)
Baby: blankets, onesies, hats, cloth diapers (hand washable)
Baby bottles & formula
Hand breast pumps
Thank you to all of you who continue to support us. We look forward to sharing photos and stories of our journey with you!