Saturday, March 31, 2012

Update on the Cholera situation...

Yesterday we erected a containment area for our two cholera patients and got a bunch of our CTC equipment out of storage. We haven't had any more people come for treatment, but we have heard that some areas are being infected with the bacteria again. We continue to pray and trust God to stay the possible outbreak again, but only time will tell what will happen...

That said, our two patients are doing very well, and we're hoping for their speedy recovery! The nice thing about cholera is that it's usually very predictable: once you have someone in, getting treatment, they usually turn around in a few days. There are some severe cases in which the individual needs extended treatment, but about 80% of the time, they're only in for a few days.

So, please continue to pray for the situation here...

Here, Breanna sprays bleach water on herself, after coming out of the "containment" area.
The plastic fence was put up yesterday by the guys...

Here's an overview of the "containment" area.

This is the latest patient- a middle aged woman.
She was in need of extra liquids, so they put two IVs into her.

Anita speaks with a concerned relative about the situation.
To the Haitians, cholera is basically a death sentence...
Thankfully, we can give concerned loved ones quite a bit of hope for recovery!

The trash bin, laundry, and wash bins...

We go through LOTS of bleach when dealing with cholera...

The nurses track the amount of fluids each patient takes in, so they can better track recovery.

Here, Anita uses her iPod to calculate an IV's drip rate.
It's important to get the right amount going in- not too much, not to little!

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