Sunday, September 29, 2013
This story didn't just happen, but I still wanted to tell it!
After clinic last Fri, we gathered supplies, headed home for a quick lunch, and then loaded into the Bobcat to do a house visit. This house call was a little different as we intended to do a paracentesis for our patient who was in the hospital a few weeks back, Elvie by name. It was Glendon, Dr Felix, Whitney, and I who went. We could drive as far as Brother Mark’s house. From there it’s a little trail down the mountain about 15 min. We had tried to send word for them to have her at Mark’s house, but that didn’t work so down the mountain we headed. They were very happy to see us. Before we could start to remove the fluid, we needed to start an IV. I was able to hang the IV from the beam; it worked well! J Dr. Felix then set to work, and we removed 3,850 ml (a gallon) of fluid.
It started raining while we were there so we waited out the rain for a while before deciding we better brave it even if we got wet. The climb back up was a little slippery since the trail was now wet, but we made it. I was glad to be able to visit her again, but I would say she seems to be getting weaker. Do pray for her and her family.
My little friends and I (on the far left is Elvie's youngest daughter)