holy crap

July 8, 2010

Um so today. Was pretty cool. We started having morning intern meetings with Vanessa, she and her husband started MOH, it is really an encouraging way to start the day. After we cleaned up our room and bathrooms, then I went to the prosthetics lab and worked with the therapist that is here this week. It was really cool, one of the amputee ladies got her leg fitting well today and as she started walking with it she pushed away the walker and wouldn’t hold anyone’s hand, she and her leg were a perfect fit. So great! by 10 o’clock she was semi-jogging around the lab, we were  calling her the boss. She owned it.

After lunch all the interns worked in the warehouse. Quick picture of the warehouse: tons of donations (food, med supplies, clothes, buckets, blankets, med supplies, soccer balls, expired med supplies) are in this huge warehouse and most of them are not organized. We talked two big piles of boxes of med supplies today and organized a container (a semi-trailer). It was really hot and took a lot of energy, but we also felt like we got a lot done and did a good deed. We got up to our house and took showers and settled down for a nice, restful evening… not quite what happened though.

Around 5 we are waiting for dinner which is around 6, and someone comes up and says there was a big accident outside the mission. Not too sure what to do, some of us headed down to the clinic to see if we could help out at all. holy crap. tonight i saw some of the worst things i have ever seen in my life. So much worse than anything you could see on Grey’s Anatomy or whatever med drama show you prefer. About 15 people came into our clinic because a tap tap had a terrible accident.

We helped unload people from the back of a truck and put them on stretchers as the ambulances went out to get the more severe people. One man… was very injured. There is no way to even describe it except to say that his feet looked like they went through a shredder. I do not have a weak stomach at all, but my heart hurt so bad for this man and I almost passed out at the thought of how much pain he must have been in. Even if he was in shock and couldn’t feel pain, just seeing his feet like that would be terrifying. There were a lot of other bad injuries, but that was the worst i saw.

We stayed down at the clinic til about 8:30, filling syringes with morphine, holding IV bags, just trying to help in anyway we could, and definitely praying a lot. It was just crazy and happened so fast, not something I thought I would ever see/be a part of. We got some food and now are just winding down, trying to process everything that we just saw. Lots of prayers are welcome for the people that are hurting from this accident.

On a lighter note, we still need every vote we can get for the Chase Bank giveaway. So if you haven’t, please click on this link and vote for Lespwa. If you have, please ask all of your friends to do so, thank you and enjoy.

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4 Responses to “holy crap”

  1. Peggy Leonard Says:

    That was a scary evening. Glad you could be of some help to those accident victims.

    I love the story about the amputee woman!! Reminds me of that story in the Bible where the man’s legs are healed and he throws down his walking stick and leaps and runs for joy as he is healed!

  2. Aunt Kat Says:

    Such a sad story but you must fill me in: what is a tap tap? What caused the accident? Love you bunches!

    • abbyleonard Says:

      A tap tap is a taxi of sorts. A truck with rails on the sides of the bed that is a main use of transportation, the small ones can probably fit 15 people in the back and the bigger ones like last night can fit 25ish. They call them that because you tap on the window when you want to get off. I will upload pics of one later. I am not sure exactly of what happened, but a cow was in the road, which isn’t unusual here, and a big truck hit it and the tap tap hit the truck and rolled? Something awful like that.

  3. MICAH Says:

    IM JUST NOWGETTING TO READ THIS. GREAT JOB WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM! THATS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IN SITUATIONS LIKE THAT… DO THE BEST YOU CAN. I MISS YOU GUYS MORE AND MORE EVERYDAY. I WISH I COULD BE THERE. EVERYONE AT MOH AND THE COUNTRY HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. LETS FUNDRAISE TO GET ME BACK THERE. TAKE CARE. LOVE LOVE.
    MICAH


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