The Man of Steel
My friend John Mutin has been with me to Haiti so many times I have lost count. During the first Thanksgiving dinner we had together after I started going to Haiti, I convinced him we needed his paramedic skills to help me take care of the children. That was probably 2009? He is my first lieutenant, finding the power cord, the clean water, the keys to the clinic and pharmacy, plugging in fans, setting up clinic. (where are the alcohol wipes, the stethoscopes, the otoscopes, the clinic cards, the hemocue (machine for checking blood), the glucometers?- John will find them)
This week we had the CBU nursing team working with us, which was fabulous. We saw over 200 patients in 4 days. Every patient gets their “finger stuck” for a hemoglobin (iron count) and most of the adults get their glucose checked also. So while each nurse saw about 30-40 patients each, John saw ALL OF THEM. In the heat and what I call “clinic chaos”, being interrupted every 30 seconds by some team member to ask ,” We need more alcohol wipes/hand sanitizer/glucometer strips/gloves/tongue depressors, etc. etc. etc.” Team members would rotate out of their stations to take a break or get themselves a small snack, but not John. He kept going like the energizer bunny. He has done this trip after trip. He does not complain and only cries if a kid breaks his heart, which is about 3 times a day! So this trip I named him the Man of Steel and decided he needs a SUPERMAN shirt.
|John at work
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