The last two weeks!

TheKnittingMill's picture

Hey guys,

I was in so much of a rush to get packed and out to Haiti with my Emergency Response team, I didn't have a chance to tell you I was leaving! I just got in a couple of hours ago and I don't think I've ever been more exhausted! Two Thursdays ago I got the call and had only 48 hours to inform people, pack and make arrangements to fly out. It took me all of a nanosecond to decide to go. I think most of you know I'm a critical care/trauma nurse. Besides my medical training, being raised in South Louisiana gave me the ability to speak the language (Creole French) and also act as a translator. When hurricane Katrina hit my home town several years ago I was residing in El Paso at the time. It took FOREVER (in my mind) and lots of red tape to get there and offer aide, so shortly after I joined a federal medical relief team to be able to be on the front lines shortly after a disaster. I can't even give you a visual of what we saw and experienced in Haiti. I've included a photo of a line of people awaiting medical attention with the deceased being lined up under sheets outside of the clinic. It was one of the most devastating and beautiful experiences of my life. The Haitian people were wonderful to us! Just wanted to let you know I was back and wanted to thank Chris for checking up on me via Rav pm. It's nice to know I was missed Chris! I'm going to try and stay up to knit and cheer on my Saints (Who dat?!!!) for the first time in the Super Bowl, but I don't know if my body will cooperate! Thanks to all of you who have already contributed or will contribute to the relief efforts in Haiti! It DOES make a difference!!

Mill

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chipsir's picture

Hi Mill...I have been away

Hi Mill...I have been away as well, I just returned and I would like to tell you how proud I am to know such a wonderful loving person like yourself. Your response was a great reminder to all of us to be caring of a fellow persons. I would also like to send thanks to you on behalf of our Govenor General "Michaelle Jean" as Haiti is here ancestral home. God bless you my friend!!!!!

scottly's picture

Way cool! I would love to

Way cool! I would love to help and give as you do but since I can't I'm very thankful that you can. This is an experience that is bound to make you a better person. My younger brother taught in the DR for a couple of years and he also said that the Haitians are a truly lovely and gracious people. My hope is that this tragedy will put a spot light on the poorest country in our hemisphere and get it the help it needs.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Welcome home, Mill, and a

Welcome home, Mill, and a huge "Thanks" for showing what a caring person we already knew you to be. Blessings on you and your fellow team members for showing the world how great normal Americans can be. [BTW, Great job, Saints. I don't normally follow sports - especially football - but it was a good game.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

vsidart's picture

Wow! Thank you! God Bless!

Wow! Thank you! God Bless!

bobshome's picture

Thanks - your story made me

Thanks - your story made me proud to be a fellow MWKer. I appreciated your comment about our donations and I'm happy they help fund actions like your's. I'm sure medical supplies and shipping is costly at that scale.

Mnjack's picture

Thanks so much for sharing

Thanks so much for sharing your story and especialy for having the determination to help in a crisis situation. You are truly a great person. Welcome home.

Chris Vandenburg's picture

Yeh, I may have missed

Yeh, I may have missed ya................but I'll aim better next time!

Hey, this post moved you up a couple of spots on my list. Believe me I keep lists! Big hug and slap on the back for all your good work.

Chris

Kenny's picture

Wonderful Work. Thanks.

Wonderful Work. Thanks.

paultheknitter's picture

Thank you for the work you

Thank you for the work you have done in Haiti. It takes a great love for humanity to live what you have just been through. Thank you again.

asbrigida's picture

As a critical care/trauma

As a critical care/trauma nurse, you deal with more than most on a typical day. Your experience in Haiti increased that exponentially. I hope it does not sound trite to thank you for representing the US and doing such important work on behalf of all of us. A big "WHO DAT" to you and your team.

albert's picture

I don't know how you could

I don't know how you could experience this and return home the same person. Thank God for people like you.

rc_in_sd's picture

Welcome home, Mill! And

Welcome home, Mill! And bless you for you selflessness. You set an amazing example.

steve kadel's picture

thank you all i know of

thank you

all i know of love, is love is all there is