Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Thank you for.... the encouragement, the emotional support, the financial support, the listening to me talk endlessly support, the providing me with the opportunity support, the near support, the far support....
Thanks you too...
- my family (near and far)
- my friends (old and new, the old that are new again; near and far)
- family and friends who have left and whom I will meet again someday (miss you Matt,Nana,Mom)
- my fellow staff members (who I also count as friends but wanted to single them out here!), fellow colleagues (The Misericordia Wound care team/Erin Kennedy/CONVATEC)
- my patients and their families who are in the midst of their own struggles and have the immense compassion and empathy to see others in need and want to help them! (Thank you Ann and Don!)
I know I am forgetting many (sorry I could not name everyone!) and for that I am sorry! Just please know your love and support keeps me going..spoken and unspoken I feel I can do anything with people like you watching my back!
Lise4 more days!!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I know a few of you have expressed concern over my mental well-being after my last few posts.. first let me say "thank you" as it shows me that you care and that you are still listening to me and "hearing" what I am saying. Second, please don't worry about me..yes there are times I do feel helpless and I think that is only natural considering what I saw and experienced while in Haiti. I think that if I didn't feel some sense of sadness surrounding having so much when I saw people have so little it wouldn't be me...
I am happier right now because in one week I will be heading back to Haiti. Hopefully with bags filled with stuff people need..fun stuff for the kids still living at Heartline, clothes for the women and guys (who doesn't love a new outfit) and of course a full heart so excited to hug little Emman and Rosemon and of course Beth. And of course see my sweet little Rose and grandma! I will miss Jen and Barbie tho...but will get to chat with them and they will never be far from my thoughts and heart!
I also want to bring down some supplies for a new group I am hoping to get involved with (new to me but not new to Haiti!). As many of you have heard from my stories one of the things that really affected me when I was down in Haiti the first time was the children who were suffering from malnutrition. Prior to the earthquake 46% of Haitians suffered from malnutrition..BEFORE the quake, I can only imagine the stats now. I have been in contact with a lady who runs a rescue center for malnourished children and I hope to squeeze in a day or two with her while I am down this time. The center on average has about 60 children staying there, suffering from different levels of malnutrition. Check out their website...
So good things are happening and I am feeling better about it..I don't know what I will be contributing this go round and I guess I will wait and see...
I will try and update this blog like I did last time! So stay tuned. Thanks again for all the support.Love Lise
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Like I said I am a little sad tonight so thanks for listening... sending out love to my sweet friends in Haiti because that's all I have to send right now...
Please Read Sean Penns testimony at the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Love to all
Monday, May 3, 2010
I know I have posted a lot on here today I guess I have been quite pensive today... I have been home for almost a month and it seems so hard to believe! I have been thinking a lot lately about the psychological side of the people of Haiti and other countries that face similar struggles..I'm trying to not let it paralyze me or turn me into a cynic (proving to be a lot more difficult then appears) But I know now that this is my calling..what I need to do in this world...Either hands on, on the ground or even from a distance if that is all that can happen...I have yet to figure it out but over the next few months I am going to work hard at making this become a reality for me. I will keep you all informed as to where this journey takes me!
Thank you again for all the support!
The young man in the other picture was a patient of ours (not when I was there) who lost 12 members of his family in the quake..can you imagine losing 12 members of your family in 45 seconds? I can't! Truly remarkable young man!
I love you all and am so grateful to have you in my life! Be safe, take good care!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Rainy season is in full bloom in Haiti soon to be followed by Hurricane season..makes me sad and worried for those still there. Our little clinic still has a few patients left and our Dr. Jen asked if I could return for a little while in May. I am looking into it but don't think I can make it work...maybe I should heed the following quote.
"What I’ve experienced is that I can’t know the future. I can’t know if anything that I do will change what happens tomorrow. I can’t know with certainty, but what I do know is if I do nothing, nothing will change.” —James Orbinski (1960-); Former President Of Doctors Without Borders
Hope everyone is well! Thanks for all the support and encouragement over the past few months...