Today, the team reached a truly devastated area. St. Bernard parish is
unbelievably destroyed. People walked into the clinic wearing boots covered
with muck up over their ankles. Their
stories are heartbreaking, many say they came back today just to collect
anything they could, and they'll never return. Some say they've been here
for generations - since the 1700's when they settled the parish, but they'll
still never come back. They don't trust that the levies will ever be rebuilt
strong enough to ever protect them.
The patients are shell-shocked, such a contrast to the perky energy of
the PRC Compassion (our local partners) teen volunteers. They're so energetic,
seeing them set up the food distribution depot yesterday was really inspiring
and their faith uplifting in all of this squalor.
Patients we're seeing have dermatitis, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, pneumonia,
COPD exacerbations, cellulitis, lacerations, and sprains. In 3 hours we
saw 55 patients and administered many tetanus immunizations, gave out
antibiotics, let patients breathe in albuterol nebulized, gave much pastoral
care and MFTs counseling. It's great to be here and be of such help, it's
such an honor to hear their stories and care for their wounds...