Thursday, February 4, 2010

Hait Relief Mission: Dr Koslow Day 1

These are my facebook posts. I am puting them together in a blog for each day. If you read posts don't need to reread. If you want to see these posts with the comments go to facebook.com/alan.koslow

At airport in Chicago. Waiting for flight to Haiti. Have met up with my team. There are 5 teams going on the charter flight. I did not get the list of what to bring, and was told wrong info. So I am sign. under prepared. Told that I will have to do amputations on people without anesthesi\a. I am thinking that if... I put turnaquit up at 300 for 10-15 minutes might make it bearable. This is as bad as civil war.See More
January 31 at 3:45am ·

I most likely won't be able to post till I get back. I will do a video blog daily and post them when I get home. The internet conection at airport is too slow to post the videos I have now. I may be able to post from my satelite phone. I will take lots of pictures and video. This experience will change me. I don'...t think I can even imagine what I am getting into. I will just do my bestSee More
January 31 at 3:53am

The devistation is amazing. 200,000 bodies have been uncovered, 150,000 are expected still buried. Estimated to be over 500,000 orphans. As most families have 5-8 children there is no hope for them finding homesin Haiti.One of the physicians saw a pancaked building with an arm sticking out. The hospital we are at o...ne of only two functioning hospitals Centre Hospitalier du Sacre-Coeur, and is refered to as CDTI.See More
Mon at 1:02pm ·

The devistation is amazing. 200,000 bodies have been uncovered, 150,000 are expected still buried. Estimated to be over 500,000 orphans. As most families have 5-8 children there is no hope for them finding homesin Haiti.One of the physicians saw a pancaked building with an arm sticking out. The hospital we are at o...ne of only two functioning hospitals Centre Hospitalier du Sacre-Coeur, and is refered to as CDTI.See More
Mon at 1:02pm ·

Every where you look you see pancaked buildingsand every blockhas families sleepingin tents on the street because the buildings are not safe or they are just afraid. I have no internet access or phone or 3Gon my Droid. Blackberries and ATT have service. ATT is giving free calls to USA, so I am using oneof the other ...doc's phone. Through friday they were doing 30-40 acute operation each day.See More
Mon at 1:06pm

Since Sat. they have been doing only 15 operation daily and they have been catch-up operations. It is noon and we did 5 operations on the American side. 3 Wound debridements that I did and I watched a solias flap that the french taught one of the orthopods that I am going to be able to use in my practice(makes whole trip worthwhile in itself).
Mon at 1:10pm ·

Things in Haiti are realy slowing down they have caught up to all the initial injuries. We are still doing great good. The wound care and 2 procedures will be an issue for 3months or more. I am trying to decide if a 30Y.O. woman will require an amputation of her arm. It was crushed and didn't receive care till 5 da...ys ago, She has no sensation or motor function and it will be useless. She may be better with amp.See More
Mon at 1:27pm ·

Thought I may not get Haitian food but we went to one ofthe few surviving resturants and hadLambi (conch- a large snail) creole with fried plantain (green) and a very spicy slaw on it. Itwas great. Justhad sardines with red beens and rice. Now back to work.
Mon at 1:31pm ·

I just did another wound change under anesthesia and it was terrible. green pus thatsmelled like pseudomonus(sp?). I had both the fr plastic and am ortho look. we will try to save it but it mostlikely will need an amputation.. I spoke to the husband and he said for days she was missing and he assumed she was alive ...so he is just happy to have her. He 'leaves it in G-ds hand to save her leg'.See More
Mon at 3:37pm

I wanted to talk about anesthesiain Haiti. The hospital does not have enough drugs foranesthesia, however we can dospinals and sedation with versed(like for colonoscopy)so we can do almost any limb procedure and even an apendectomy or c-section delivery with a high epidural. SoI don't have toworry about doing amputau...ion without anesthesia now but they did two weeks ago.See More
Mon at 6:16pm ·

I was done with surgery so went for a walk( about a mile I walked) by myself(yes I felt completely safe.) I cameaccross a tent city in a public park. I was struck by how amazingly organized it is. There are paths between the tents like streets laid out on a uniform grid patern. There are tents from an aid agency and... then between and among them are tents made from sheets and some from4X8 boards.See More
Mon at 6:23pm

The Haitians in these tentcities are developinglocalecomonies. Thereare women cooking plantain and others chicken that are regually placed throughout the tent city. People sellingwaterand others with gas generators that are charging tio charge cell phones. People are settingup kitchens outside their twents and they ...are creating a small economy. Children are playing soccer.See More
Mon at 7:31pm ·

I spoke with the CEO of airline ambasadorsThe umbrella organization that gotussde here to Haiti),to see if there is someplace that I could be of more use. Don't get me wrong I am being used but I have very specialized skills that are not being used. She is going to a meeting of all the aid organizations tonight and i...n AMI may find out they can use me better. Though I will do lots ofgood enven if I stay here.See More
Mon at 7:35pm

Frommy freind ' the guy who get killed in Hollywood movies, also japanese shaking hands man:'Read somewhere online "American's" are being detained from Leaving Haiti. I just wanted to make sure you had a 'out'. (just the paranoia of my 'old' life) I am hearing we go to the airport and they put you on flights to US in ...order you show up. So you can endupany where in US but everyone is gettinfg out on day they show.See More
Mon at 7:42pm ·

My friend Suzzie who is a great friend that I rarely get together with. asked me if there was still a need foramericsan Nurses? YESY YES YES. they have a much bigger need for nurses them dooctors. Get the word out. I can connect you with ways to get down here.
Mon at 7:46pm

IHere at the hospital in Haiti there is a big turf battlebetween the French and the Americans. The fr have an organized team that trains together and works repeatedly together and have been to many disasters together. They are fully paid while here and are not volunteers. The Am are all volunteers who have never seen... each other till they got here. The Am are less organized then the Fr so the fr have been snotty.See More
Mon at 7:53pm

The french here in haiti are very very efficient but at 5 pm they leave and assume someone will take care of the post op of their p[atients.... The Americans of course.
Mon at 7:54pm ·

Goodnight everyone from Haiti Day two in country day one working. See my earlier posts. Hopefully I will still be able to post and woill be able to post video and pictures, Otherwise I will post them when I get back.
Mon at 7:57pm

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