Reaching Out To The Community Of Bocas

When I last posted in June, a couple of months in, we had just started to really connect with the various subcultures in the Bocas Province, and some situations we quickly identified for interventional projects were as yet beyond our reach. Now we have many more friends and contacts in the community, and we can […]

Mobile Clinics over 4,600 Square kilometers

The last time I wrote a blog, an unconscionable number of months ago, we had recently arrived here to Bocas del Toro and I ended the blog excited by what might be possible over the coming months…now those coming months have passed, and it is time to catch everyone up and take stock of what […]

Out of Haiti and South to Bocas del Toro, Panama

Bocas del Toro, Panama As always, leaving Haiti was difficult.  There is always a sense of leaving things unfinished, no matter how many patients you see or projects you complete.  I always tell people, we are not going to go help Haiti.  That is beyond our power…but we went to help HAITIANS, and helped many.  […]

Nec Aspera Terrent: “Difficulties be Damned!”

Nec Aspera Terrent:  “Difficulties be Damned”–the Family Motto of Perry Fawcett, Amazonian Explorer Labadie, Camp Louise, Caracol; Haiti It has been a very, very busy few weeks…a lot accomplished; we recently treated our 750th patient for this month.  That’s an average of 30 patients a day, including minor surgeries, ultrasounds and acting as 24/7 floating […]

Part 4: The Final Chapter of Our Voyage to Haiti and Our Return To Petit-Goave

Petit-Goave, Haiti–Almost a Year To The Day We First Arrived Here In 2010  This is the overdue final chapter of our voyage from Honduras to Haiti, bringing supplies for the cholera relief and personnel for a string of clinics and villages along the north coast. After our repairs in Kingston were complete, all that remained was to […]

Part 3 of Our Transit: Georgetown, Grand Cayman to Kingston, Jamaica

Part 3 of Our Transit:  Cayman to Jamaica We departed Grand Cayman on a beautiful sunny morning, anxiously clearing past the eastern end of the island and waiting to see if an unexpected northeast swell would devastate us, but all seemed tranquil with gentle 1-2 foot seas and clear skies.  With the calm water, our […]

Part 2: Isla Guanaja to Georgetown, Grand Cayman

Note:  This is Part 2 of the story of our voyage from Honduras to Haiti First, I will say that the first 48 hours of this crossing from Guanaja to Jamaica will remain with me forever as two of the greatest days I have ever spent on the water…so good that even at the end […]

Almost on the eve of our departure…

This week saw the first heavy, 3 day long pouring rain for several weeks (of course, while we are trying to load the boat and finish our preparations for departure) and the tying off of many threads we have been following for months…we closed up our clinic in Oakridge, packing everything up and saying hasta […]

There be monsters…living in the human body….

BE WARNED:  THIS BLOG CONTAINS A REAL PATIENT HISTORY OFFERED FOR ADVICE AND SUGGESTIONS, WITH THE EXPRESS CONSENT OF THE PATIENT.  THE DETAILS AND PICTURES OF THIS CASE, A PARASITE CASE, MAY BE GRUESOME. Today during a scorching sunny afternoon, Christmas came the Southern Wind–here’s how: When we first left Miami for Haiti, we left […]