Saturday, June 17, 2017

Live Your Life for the Benefit of Others

Thanking God for yet another good week at clinic and for more meds. God is good.

 Things have been pretty low key for the most part around here.(besides the longer days at clinic with normal consultations and a bit of odd cases. ) We had one birth last week,but it had been a good couple of weeks before that  that we had one.


(Katie,baby,Kayla, Autumn and the Pt. Midwife)

Please excuse our unprofessionalism in this pic;) It was seven o'clock Thursdays evening when we got a nock on the gate. Sure enough,it was a lady on labor.(since it had been so long we were expecting it.) So Kayla,Autumn and I quickly ran to clinic to see what the status was on this lady. She was a first time mom and hardly in the first stages of labor. As we were down at clinic and just had decided we were going to send the lady back home,  it began to pour down heavy rain. So we sat up a bed in the hospital room for our patient and her husband  and decided they could stay the night and we would just make a quick dash for the house in the rain since it didn't look like it was going  to stop any time soon. We had almost reached our gate to our compound when we heard our names called out. "Mis Mis." We turned and looked to see yet a other laboring lady coming down the trail on a cot drenched from the rain. So we turned back around and headed straight back to clinic. By the time we got there,not only was the patient drenched from the rain,but so were we and the rest of the crowd that brought the patient(which meant for a really wet, sloppy,slippery clinic floor.    At first there was a bit of a concern about  the baby because of some meconium staining in the amniotic fluid.  But within an hour, a  baby boy was born! He didn't want to cry for a while after birth but he pinked right up and seemed to have been doing really well. 
The next morning(Friday) the baby was showing signs of maybe what seemed like seizures. So we had him sent out to a hospital a couple of hours away. Please pray for him when you think of him. His name is James. We have yet to hear how he is doing as of now. 


(Sharon,Autumn)

This dear friend of ours used to come to clinic for a bandage for his skin cancer. But since there wasn't anything we could do to make it better,we started having him come back every week for bandage supplies and "someone else was supposed to be doing the  bandages for him". On Tuesdays he came back to clinic with a complaint about his wound, so we decided we could bandage it for him this time. As I pulled the bandage back to remove it, I couldn't help but gasp at what I saw. The wound  was full of maggots crawling every Where!
Bless dear Autumn and Sharon for stamaching it up and pulling out each individual maggot from the wound. They didn't think to count them but they estimated over a hundred that they removed. 
Doc, James and Kayla performing a minor surgery on a young boy who had fallen on his hand a few days prior to this and had gotten the slightest tiniest cut that caused a major infection in his whole right hand. 
That brings me to the end of yet another blog. 

We can't say it enough. But thank you so much for your continual prayer and support. Please keep it up. 

Mis* Katie 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sufficient Grace

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
-2 Cor. 12:9

Our busy days here have continued... I believe we had over 1,600 people in the month of May. It is enjoyable to see the clinic become a beehive of activity every day as each person does their job and things flow smoothly. But there are also frustrating moments like when we are really low on meds because of the many extra patients this month. Or when there is another screaming child who just won't cooperate and insists on letting the whole world know that she isn't happy, as we try to remove a bean from her ear. (This seems to be a common occurrence the last while, as a lot of people have harvested their bean crop recently.) At times there is nothing to do but pray for the grace to keep going, to keep smiling, keep loving, when the strength to do that certainly isn't in me. But God is very faithful, and has kept and helped us through each of these busy days...and in the middle of each crazy day, we can look up, and find His grace sufficient... it never runs out, no matter how many various needs are demanding our attention. (I'll probably need to remind myself of this 10 times today. ;)) At the end of the day, God is very good...all the time!

Here are a few glimpses at recent patients and moments...

Recently Dr. Felix and James removed a cyst from a man's leg. It was a nearly a minor surgery.


I'd like you to meet this little 4 year old friend of mine. She has been living at the clinic for several weeks now, as she is being treated for some severe burns. She fell in a cooking fire, and her clothes caught fire... she had severe burns on her back and one arm when she came to clinic. Sometimes it has seemed like we are making slow progress, but with daily care the burns are healing and it is fun to watch them close up, one by one. She only has one small spot left on her arm to finish closing up and then she will be going home. By now we are good friends, and it has been a joy getting to interact with her and her parents these past weeks. I'll never forget her...and pray that we have been able to encourage and influence her family for the Lord during these past several weeks. (Sorry for the photo quality...this is what happens when you Whatsapp and crop photos...but I haven't the time to do it all correctly.)


This lady had her baby at our clinic recently... they came back one day for a check up, and both mom and baby are doing well. This lady is a daughter of Madame Ossinee, for anyone who has been here and knows her.


Here is Autumn, with the baby. Autumn arrived last week and is our newest clinic staff member. She is settling in well and learning her new job here. I'm sure you'll be hearing from her later, so I'll let further introduction to her. =)


We get to meet some of the most precious children at clinic... and some of them are just so perfectly squishable!


This guy had a nasty cut on his hand and needed some stitches.... but he didn't act very adult-like about the pain as Katie tried to help him.


His yowling brought a nice little crowd of onlookers. =)


Please keep praying for us as we carry on here, and thank you for faithfully praying...it is our lifeline!!

-Mis Sharon


Monday, May 29, 2017

Anpil Moun!! (Lots of People)

Wow!!!! Another week has just went by in what feels like just a blink of an eye!! Things here at the clinic have gone from slow pace (40 people days) to having three days this week with more then 100 people at clinic!! And the days seem to be continuously growing! And on top of all that....we are currently short staffed because Mis Alyssa left two weeks ago! Thankfully Sharon's sister was here for a visit...And was able to fill in and help with blood pressures etc.

So here are a few pics of our last week at clinic!!



Just doing another bandage! This poor guy has been coming faithfully for about 4 months without much change in his wound!!




This young 15 year boy old broke his femur late Wednesday afternoon! usually we would fly a patient like this! But due to  bad weather we had to go by ground!!



This man came in last Friday! and said that a tree had fallen on his leg!! He said it had happened the Monday before.  He had already gotten a bad case of cellulitis and if he would have waited much longer....he probably would have lost his leg!
He is doing much better now.



So that's just a few pics of our last week!! 




Please continue to pray for for us as we continue Gods work in the mountains of Haiti!

                                                                                          ~James






Friday, May 19, 2017

Good Bye Haiti!!

Haiti… It is hard to say goodbye to a place that you have come to love so much. A place that is rooted deep in the heart and would tear my heart apart if completely taken out. When I came to Haiti a little over 2 years ago, I never knew you could love a place so much. A place that you experience life and death, sleeplessness nights, spiritual battles, loving until you break, feeling like you can’t contain one more experience, but these are the experiences that God can use us the most. When I can come to the place where it is all about God and nothing is for my own gain, He can use me. He can use all of us!!


As I bid goodbye to Haiti this past week, I not only said goodbye to my team but also good friends. As I leave the culture, my home, and life for the past two years it hurts BUT… I am embarking a new adventure returning to life in Canada. You can pray for me as I make these adjustments.

Here are a few pics from the past week…. 

A young man who had a tree fall on his head. He can be thankful to be alive!!


A miracle baby that made her appearance one evening with her strong will to live she survived. 

Another miracle woman that God granted complete healing to. 

We had a wonderful visit with these ladies. 

Thanks for all your prayers and support. To those who are striving on the field everyday. You do a great job!! Remember that God is on your side!

~ Mis Alyssa 







Monday, May 8, 2017

Visiting, etc...

Here is a glimpse of our week through pictures.... 
Alyssa and I went to visit our "mother", she had some delicious food for us!
This tiny little munchin weighs only around 5.5 lbs, and  is 2 months old. Nursing fine but not gaining weight.... not sure of the problem. Started with parasite treatment and vitamins and an appointment to return.
Mis Sharon went to visit one of her young friends and spent  the afternoon with all these sweet faces.

Eating Limos and chatting at Fre Nores' house
"Dr. Alyssa" helped with the final touches of removing a cyst from this lady's scalp.








Eating fish at Pastor Adolf's



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Cuts and Cholera

Our days at clinic have recently been filled with quite a variety of things. We have continued to see cholera the past several weeks as heavy rains continued to fall nearly every day. Thankfully we seem to have a momentary break in the cholera cases the last couple days. But we have had a lot of people showing up with the complaint of diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Not all of them have cholera....some are just worried they do, and then it's our job to figure out the truth and treat accordingly. 

We also had two trips out to Ti-Guave with very ill patients who needed to be transferred to the hospital, this past week. That is always a rough trip on the rugged trail, but thankfully things went smoothly both times. 

One day after clinic this past week, we made good use of a bit of sunshine, and took our opportunity to go visit some people. We still haven't figured out how the Haitian children always win at Dominos, but we had a lot of fun and enjoyed spending time with people outside of the clinic. 

Another afternoon all of us clinic staff were able to go visit a lady named Rose. Back in November Rose delivered her first baby at our clinic, but the baby died a few days later after a very traumatic birth. Thankfully Rose is doing very well today, and we had a delightful visit at her house. Times like this are refreshing and encouraging, seeing people thrive who have been through very intense and even life-threatening situations at our clinic. May God get all the glory!

This was during our visit at Rose's house. The little girl was shy, and so precious!

These children kept us company for an afternoon, and beat us at Dominos repeatedly....they can be full of mischief, but are lovable, and often come in to clinic with their little scrapes and cuts, for a bandaid!

This little lady came one day for a bandage, along with one of our regular bandage patients who is a dear friend of ours. 


This cute little guy was shy and didn't want to smile.... he was at clinic this week for a visit with Mis Kayla....he loves her!

Mis Katie did this very nice stitch job early one Saturday morning. 

A familiar scene the last while.... a cholera patient just arrived, on a cot.


The group of us that went to visit Rose.

That's all I have this time....thanks for praying for the work here, and please keep it up! =)
-Mis Sharon



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Med Shopping

So jumping into this next blog! I guess for lack of other things to talk about! I will try and describe a meds shopping trip!!

So this last time I went out..... I left the house at 4:30am and headed for Ti Goave which takes approx 1 1/2 From Where we live in the mountains! Once in Ti Goave I would head down the coast to Port au Prince which is another 2 hr. When we get there we have about 5 stops to make at various Pharmacies, and stores! About 4 Pharmacies and then the grocery store for Clorox and various other cleaning supplies! And sometimes we need oxygen for the clinic and that can add time on the trip! Or if we need IV fluids I have to go to a pharmacy on the other side of town! And that can add about 1 1/2hr.   If things go well we can be done and ready to head home by 1:00 or 2:00pm. And the trip back takes about 4 1/2 hrs!

But last time we hit traffic in Port! And didn't get home till about 8;00pm

So This trip is done once a month! And we also get meds from Christian  Aid Ministries (C.A.M) And they bring the meds to Ti Goave so i don't have to go so far for them!

So as far as how much meds we use in a month can change depending on how many people we see that month! But to sum it up we get roughly two Land Cruiser loads a month!!



This would be for example.....What
 we consider "One Load"




So you can pray for us as we continue to make these trips to town! The roads are dangerous....And we have been having lots of rain as of late! The trails are vary muddy! And lots of things can happen!


So till next time thanks for your prayers and support!!
                                                                                           James.



                                   

Monday, April 17, 2017

Unseen Wars and Victories!!


This past week you could feel the powers of darkness all around. As we went through Easter, the Voodoo Balls and Raw Raw's are grabbing for the attention of our native friends. Many are victims of circumstances having grown up with devil worship and not knowing truth. It is a vital time for the Christians to stay strong. The devil is trying to attack everyone who is weak.

The past several weeks we have seen multiple cases which appeared to have demonic powers connected. It can be so hard sometimes to distinguish spiritual attacks from real medical emergencies. You can pray that we would have much wisdom to discern in these situations.

One morning this past week we were faced with a life/ death situation. It was a dear friend of ours who came in severe respiratory distress. She has a history of asthma so it's not uncommon for her to have asthma exacerbations sometimes. However,  this one was different as she was what appeared on the edge of death. We immediately started oxygen therapy and nebulizer treatments. As she was struggling to breath the devil seemed to be stomping on top of her. I prayed for her soul. It's only her soul that I want saved today. Pastor Jira was called in. He came in with several other people and started praying with her and rebuking the devil. After a short time you could see her body relax. It was rewarding when you finally see her and know that she was the one talking to us. 

Please pray for the many who are weak and allow the devil to have control of their lives. 

A few pics from this past week. Since it was a small week we had lots of people over in the afternoons. 

Our friend Rosina is cooking lunch for us. She spent several weeks at the hospital. It is so much fun to see her cooking again!!!

Her sweet little baby Mislove who has stolen all of our hearts!!

Emma, entertaining the children. 

Our team members interacting with our guests. 

"Greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world"

Thanks for your prayers and support,

                                                  ~ Mis Alyssa 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

                                                You give and you take away,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       I couldn't help but think of these words this week as I watched one woman mourn over the loss of  her child and an other rejoice over the new life of hers.        God gives and he takes away.  sometimes we don't always understand why he does things the way he does or at the times he does it, but we must remind ourselves continually that God never makes mistakes!


Thursday during clinic hours, I was working away in the pharmacy when I heard screaming and a lot of commotion going on in the entry way! I ran to the door to see what was going on. Noaz and a few "bystanders"were holding a woman down the best that they knew how while the woman was thrashing and fighting with all she got! There was several "patients"(ones that were there for appointments or check ups) that were trying to throw their hand of help in as well . 
I then realized that the woman had just lost her seven year old daughter. We don't know exactly to what, but she had come in the night before with a low grade fever and an altered mental status. So we treated her for her fever and kept her over night to watch her closely. The next morning she looked, and was feeling a lot better,so we sent her home. The next morning she returned with the same symptoms only worse! We treated her to the best that we knew how but it was to late and within just a few hours she past away.


James, Noaz, and Daniel took the body and the mother home as soon as possible so we could get the crowd back in order and get back to attending or other patients. If you think of the mother you can lift up a little prayer for her as I can't ever imagine what she is feeling. 



Around 8:30 last evening, James,Kayla and I responded to a gate knock with news that our laboring lady that we've were keeping in our hospital room was pretty close to delivery!As we hurried to the clinic and walked into the hospital room we heard the beautiful cry of a healthy new born baby! Praise the Lord for new life!

This was was our delivery team! :) Since we weren't able to make it in time for the actual birth. Those who were staying in our hospital room (" one patient") and family of those who were staying with patients at the time,ended up  helping out with the birth!


This young boy came into clinic on Friday with all four of his fingers on his right hand nearly chopped off! The evening before,he was working with a machete when it slipped and got his fingers! Thank the Lord Dr. Phillip from Tennessee was here for the weekend to perform a few surgeries and was able to stitch together a few tendons and muscles before he left the top stitching to James so he could go and began his first surgery for the weekend.

Here he is! All bandaged up! To be honest, we are super excited with the progress we've been seeing with how much he's been able to move and feel all four fingers! Praise the Lord!

I guess I'll bring my blog to a close,but once again I want to thank each and everyone of you for your support in multiple ways. God is good!

Mis~Katie

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Channels

“Channels only, blessed Master.....but with all thy wondrous power flowing through us, Thou canst use us.... every day, and every hour.”

These lines of the familiar song recently hit my consciousness afresh, during our morning staff devotions here. Truly we are mere channels of the great love, mercy, and grace of our God...we bring nothing good of ourselves, to offer others. And what an opportunity we have to be the hands of feet of Jesus. We are reflectors, conveyors...channels... of His love, and the Gospel, to the people around us. For some people, we may be the only glimpse they get of God's love. I take that seriously, and pray that our brief contacts with the many people entering our clinic, would be true touches of Christ in their lives. What kind of a channel am I.... are you? What are we communicating to those we meet each day?

The last weeks have brought us a round of cholera patients. Recent heavy rains have helped spur the incidences of this maladi....thankfully it is usually very treatable if the patients are prompt in seeking help. One Wednesday morning found a few of us sloshing our way down the trail to clinic in the pouring rain ....it was just after 3am, to be exact. Sure enough, another cot had arrived (along with about 20 other people). We got the newcomer settled into the cholera shack (a separate outbuilding where we put patients with cholera to keep them out of the main clinic building). He was dehydrated from severe diarrhea and vomiting, but responded well to IV fluids and was able to be released a few days later. Thankfully most of the patients who have come in recently have gotten well and were able to go home before too long. Cholera is very treatable, and it is fun to watch how fast people get better when they get the appropriate care. But... at the moment, I pause to ask you to especially pray for a young girl in the cholera shack today. She has been here 4 days and is still experiencing severe diarrhea and dehydration. We are giving her fluids by IV as much as possible, but she continues to struggle and not progress like she should. Please pray that God would touch her with healing today.


Our 3am cholera patient just after arrival.

Another thing we have seen in the last weeks is a few nasty injuries that needed sutures....so I got to try my hand at real suturing for the first time. Wasn't the most beautiful stitch job ever, but it went well and was fun. ;) A school girl had gotten in a fight with a boy in her class...a rock got thrown, and she ended up at clinic. Part of it was scary close to her eye, but thankfully she seems to be healing up just fine.




One day while I was on call, a young boy was brought in. He had been hit in the head by a tree branch the day before, and his head was split wide open. Alyssa helped tackle that job and got it back together very well. He didn't totally appreciate our help during the process (to put it mildly), but almost smiled in spite of himself, afterwards.




Before I go, I must tell you about the little person I met on Sunday. At 4am Sunday morning, Alyssa and I headed for the clinic in response to the knock on our gate at the mission. We were told it was a lady in labor. Upon futher investigation we found the lady had already had her baby at 11pm the night before.... a tiny, tiny baby. The mother also had eclampsia and was experiencing high blood pressure and seizures. There were some very scary moments as the mother seized again after arriving at clinic. The baby girl was 3lbs. 8oz. She was cold and had a low heart rate upon arrival at the clinic. Eventually I got her warmed up and also was able to give her some formula, as she had not nursed or had anything since birth. After working to stabilize mother and baby, we worked on arranging a flight for them.... transport to the hospital by helicopter. When our attempts at that were unsuccessful for several hours, we finally left for the trek to the hospital by road. Bouncing over the bumpy trail with a tiny baby and sick mother is not fun, to say the least. The mother seized again during the trip, and Alyssa faithfully watched over her and administered more medication. Finally after about 4 hours, we pulled into one of the better hospitals in Haiti. It was a relief to be able to turn our patients into such capable care. But it tugged at the heartstrings to leave that precious little baby flailing in her crib....all alone there in the NICU. I hadn't realized it was possible to love someone so tiny so much, in such a short period of time. As I held her and fed her those 10 hours on Sunday, I wondered... will she be loved, will she be cared for? She is a fighter, but she is so tiny. Will you pray with me that God will watch over her and bring her through? And her mother also? The mom seemed to barely know that she had delivered a baby... the dad was thankfully with her, but was completely overwhelmed by the situation, and very worried about his wife. So please lift them up to the throne of grace with us... we know the Giver of life and healing, and I'm so thankful we can turn to Him at any time, for every need!

Hospital bound!

Our tiny sweetheart.

That's about all I've got on the clinic front for now, folks. I had actually written more, but this post keeps changing as I have had to wait for the internet connection to post it... so hopefully this finally will work. =) Keep praying for us, and being a channel of God's love and life wherever you are. Thanks as always for your prayers and support!
-Mis Sharon