THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME! After 2 years of preparing, literature reviews, skype calls, meetings, a lot of global health funds (shout out to SBUH OBGYN GLOBAL HEALTH!!), IRB approval, haitian ministry submission, simulations of emergencies in low resource settings, immunizations, coordinating with my haitian family (shout out to the Franklin’s who are hosting me!!!). I AM SO HAPPY TO FINALLY BE HOPPING ON A FLIGHT TO HAITI TOMORROW MORNING!!! It’s been a long time coming and I have so many people to thank for helping make this possible, I don’t even know where to begin. What I will do is gain as much as I can from this experience and more importantly G I V E as much as I can during my short time in Haiti.
Doubly as exciting is that since I am the first global health fellow at Stony Brook, I am paving the way for the amazing ladies who will be following begind in the years to come (SHOUT OUT TO VAI AND DOREEN!). I am nervous, I am worried I won’t even be able to read the charts in creole (or french whatever the nurses document in), but I will do my best to collect as much information as humanly possible to give back something to this hospital.
So that’s all good and well from a work standpoint, however I had some real personal concerns prior to my departure. Like for one, HOW WILL I DO MY HAIR?? Silly I know, but hey, #blackgirlproblems. To combat this, I have braided my hair (ouch!) so that the lack of electricity does not cause a major hair catastrophe. I just don’t want you guys to be too suprised if you see me sporting a new look in my posts from here on out ;).
Anywho, I was already forewarned that there is no electricity where I will be staying at the moment so this may be my last post for a bit, I will make sure to document everything so I can update you all as soon as possible~~
L’union fait la force!