Monday, April 20, 2009

More Midnight Medical

Monday, 2:15 A.M. - Thunder and lightning were flashing outside and the winds were beginning to howl as a storm blew in. Then came a knock on our bedroom door, waking us out of our sleep. Caralina said that Auntie Gertrude (one of the substitute house moms) was at her window calling for us.

Hopping out of bed, we discovered that one of the girls in her house, 7-year-old Chloe, was having an asthma attack and none of her inhalers were helping her. Chloe has asthma regularly and we have a slew of inhalers and a nebulizer for treatment. As I was putting on a pair of sweatpants to dash next door, the skies opened up in a downpour, so Amy grabbed a poncho for me too.

Arriving at the house, Chloe sounded horrible - reminding me of a similar asthma attack I had as a child. We gave her two puffs of the first inhaler, tried steaming water for her to breathe and gave a couple puffs on another inhaler with different meds in it. Nothing helped and she was miserable - coughing and straining to breathe so much.

Our fellow missionary, Claudia, was there as well and we decided that Chloe needed to get to the hospital. Claudia's car was having trouble - even after driving down to House 2A, it wouldn't start. It was about this time that the power went out, leaving the campus in total darkness from the storm. My car battery had gone dead a couple days earlier requiring us to push-start to go anywhere. Having parked on an incline, I was able to push-start my car alone, so we loaded Chloe in with Gertrude and headed off to Buikwe hospital, about 10 minutes away. Arriving around 3:45 a.m. the nurses quickly (though with little compassion, having been wakened from their own slumber) put in a pic line and administered four doses of medications. Chloe's breathing started calming immediately and then it returned to normal. They put her in a bed in the adult ward, since the children's ward was full. They had to move a non-patient out of the bed in order to make room for Chloe, just keeping her for observation.

The hospital guard came in about that time, asking me to go turn off my car. Knowing it wouldn't start again without pushing, I had locked the door and left it running in the parking lot! It was better than trying to find people to help push-start the thing through a muddy parking lot at 4:30 in the morning.

5:30 a.m. - Trekking back to GSF, I was grateful that the road wasn't too muddy after the rain and I climbed in bed for a little sleep before the roosters started crowing.

Chloe returned to GSF today and she is much better. Praise the Lord, who graciously guides us through every adventure here!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Tiny Rose

There are times when we experience things here and can't write about it right away simply because it takes the time to think about it and allow ourselves to internalize it. Honestly, I am still processing a situation that came to our attention on Monday but I feel I must write about it to actually process it more. We had a seven year old little girl come to the orphanage on Monday weighing less than 20 lbs. Rose was getting very little if any nourishment, stimulation or exercise. Her legs are crossed and her arms are very stiff. The story is that she was a typical baby and toddler until at 2 years old she got sick. She didn't get proper treatment so she became much of what she is now. Her mother ran off and her grandmother who shows affection for her has been caring for her. However, her grandmother's health is failing; therefore, so has Rose's condition. We are still trying to find out more about Rose and her story so we know best how to help her but as she is getting fed and exercised throughout the day she is getting stronger. On Monday and Tuesday, she was non-responsive and had a very blank look and a faint cry. By Wednesday, she was responding to sounds and voices and has continued to look and respond better everyday. My heart aches and emotionally it has been hard but God has her in a great place now where she will be loved, fed and nurtured. Please pray for tiny Rose as she blossoms into what God has for her. This picture was taken on Wednesday...

The picture below is of Rose on Friday with several new things to help her improve.

The physical therapist who comes every week told me we should try to get a special pillow made for her to help her sit up. When I showed him a picture of a boppy pillow, he said "exactly!" I took the picture and some fabric to our tailor at the orphanage and he made this for her within a day. One of the nurses from the team who was here, suggested we keep shoes on her and put gauze in her hands to help them open up.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Greensboro Medical Team Makes Impact at GSF

The Christ Community Church Team from Greensboro, NC saw over 800 patients and had more than 70 make decisions for Christ. We also brought in two new special needs kids who were in desperate situations as a result. There were many people sent to the hospital for tests and even surgeries at the expense of the team. This outreach may have literally saved the lives of a couple of them. We are rejoicing over all that God has done through this team and He has expanded the ministry of GSF at the same time. Praise the Lord!