Lately the hospital has been beating me down. Caring for sick patients in a flawed system is tremendously draining. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel but I need an occasionally pick-me-up.
Today, I got it. I joined a neonatal neurology conference in Port-Au-Prince and rubbed shoulders with 50 prominent pediatricians from Haiti. They were all extremely warm and welcoming.
Near the end of the day, I stepped forward to give a 30 minute presentation about my job with PIH. My talk was less technical than the others and focused on how to improve neonatal systems.
The crowd’s reaction was really nice. I figured I was going to be rather boring, but everyone seemed extremely engaged. On many occasions, the crowd erupted in debate.
Some days I feel like an unimportant cog in the wheel. Today was not one of them.