Diane, a veteran of international medical missions, also wrote, “We became pretty fond of the tea kettle used to warm up our rinse buckets! We sometimes awoke to the sounds of dogs, cats, roosters, donkeys, horses and goats—a veritable menagerie!”
Diane has a way of enjoying every day, and on that trip to Haiti treated fifteen patients at a time with IV fluids (Ringers Lactate) and an antibiotic (erythromycin or doxycycline). As dehydration resolved, they were given an electrolyte solution to drink.
“The usual stay was four days. As with the adult cholera patients, the volume of vomiting and diarrhea was massive. As fast as the fluids would go in they would come out,” Diane recalled.