A Group of Physical Therapists from North Carolina have been here the past 2 weeks doing training with parents, orphanage workers and Haitian lay trained therapists.
It has been very fun but very time consuming, hence the lack of blog posts.
The therapists jumped right in and learned quickly to do without this fancy equipment they have in the states and "degage", which translates to "make do". They helped earthquake victims who had lost limbs, children with brain injuries.
Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of that week at all!
But this week one of the girls who was here, Liz, had a fancy smansy camera and got some good shots.
These were taking at H.I.S Home for Children here in Port au Prince.
They have all kinds of kids and boy is this house busy! They have a "Special Care" room where there are hydrocephalic kids and handicapped children.
Here is the room:
I have to admit I was pretty standoffish at first. These are pretty medically involved kids. But then I saw how badly these kids needed therapy and just regular stretching and sat down on the floor and started helping.
The lady below in the green scrub top is the caregiver for these children. I can not explain to you how her LOVE of these children radiates out of her. The lady in the white shirt is a Haitian Nurse who is going to continue going to the orphanage with me twice a week to do therapy with the kids.
I Might have a favorite....
We also worked a little in the baby room (I definitely got my baby fix!). There are a couple of developmentally delayed kids in here but for the most part the are normal kids.
Our Haitian nurse is doing a great job learning the physical therapy techniques. Please pray for blessings on her for this important work she is doing and that she doesn't get burnt out. There is soooo much to do you could literally work all day everyday. Speaking of that...any therapists interested ???