Thursday, May 26, 2011

We Don't Treat Only Haitians Here...

It was a bad night... We had gotten a late start, and were
leaving Ailegue to attempt hauling 16 batteries and a drum
of diesel fuel up to Terre Rouge. Everyone was going along
up for supper, the road was muddy, we had to pull the
dump truck with the gator just to get to the foot of Jack
Rabbit... And when we got there, a tire went flat on
the gator, and we had no repair kit... So Andrew
and I hoofed it back to the mission shop, where a
piece of steel fell out of the rafters
onto my head... :(

Attempting to pull the dump truck up Jack Rabbit with the gator AND 4-wheeler...
(It didn't work, in case you wondered. We ended up shuttling the batteries and
fuel with the gator and the orphanage's Husky... Finishing the project around
midnight and just in time for supper!! :) )

After the damages in the shop... Head wounds really bleed
like crazy!! I put on a towel and stocking cap, kept things
under control for the next 4 or 5 hours till we had time
to stitch it up..........

Anita and Thea began their repair job at around 1:30 A.M. The longest
stretch of time is always cleanup; picking out dirt and hair that may be
in the wound and can cause infection if you don't get it all out
before it's stitched up....

Only took 7 stitches, not too bad....

At this hour, sometimes things are funny....

Sometimes scary.....!

And sometimes just downright painful!!!! :)


But I was fortunate- at least I had a sweet comforter
with me!!!!! :)

As usual, the girls did a great job. One week later the stitches
came out, and now (2 1/2 weeks down the road) I can't
even feel where it was repaired!!! We sure are wonderfully
made, thank God for His kindness in healing our bodies.
It was a good experience for me to judge firsthand the
kind of work our nurses are performing, and also it
seems to be useful in this medical care business to
be subjected to a little yourself from time to time,
just so you don't lose sympathy for those
who suffer all around you everyday!
Think of THEM- the suffering in
Haiti- next time you sit
in a hospital
waiting
room.

3 comments:

Andrew said...

ummmmm........ Very well written Steve. Especially since I was to blame for your wound! What you didn't tell was that it was a 10 foot long piece of steel! And even though I said I was sorry you "say" you don't remember. Glad your feeling better and I hope the blow to the head did no damage.
God bless the rest of your time in the states!

Nate said...

Steve, just one question....... WHAT WERE YOU GUYS THINKING???? :D :D

Can't wait to see you all again!!

We're praying about the Cholera epidemic stuff... may God give you grace, safety, and wisdom!!

-nate :)

Wes said...

WOWsounds like an interesting night there Stevo! Was wonderin..............did that blow to your head jar anything loose? :) At least your doin alright..............:):) Lookin forward to seein all you good folks again one of these days!!
Wes