Sunday, September 6, 2009

The 5some

Every three months the kids who have had a birthday in the past three months get to go to KingFishers (a retreat center nearby) to go swimming and have birthday cake. It is fun to take them but recently we realized that many had very ratty swimsuits or none at all so we ask our church to collect swimsuits for all the children at the orphanage. Now every child age 18 months-12 years old has a swimsuit to wear when he goes for his birthday! Here is a fun picture of 5 little girls who are so excited that they all got the same type of swimsuit.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Malaria strikes again

A partial root canal and then fever off and on for several days led me to believe my gums were fighting battle. And then it happened the fever, the chills, the nauseous feeling, the headache and aches everywhere came on ferociously! This was a horrible infection in my teeth or could it be malaria? Surely not, I thought. But it did feel like that especially as the fever spiked and went down. But Mark tested and put up two fingers to indicate there were two lines (yep, just like a pregnancy test two lines means positive).

I have actually recovered faster than the last time but malaria was a lot worse this time. I am grateful again for a bed, a fan (and the power to run it), medicines to get rid of the malaria and take down the fever. Small things that some in the villages nearby don't have and don't have acess to.