Sunday, March 27, 2011

Here's Thea with a stitch job she did this week. This young teenage
girl had managed to slice her wrist open during a tumble-mishap
she experienced on her way home from school.

Careful stitching pays off in a reduced chance of
infection, and less scarring....

Thea's doing a great job and picking up some good experience here!

Finished product. If you think (like I do sometimes!) "Wow, these
people sure take a lot of tumbles! Maybe they just need to be a
little more careful!", then you really need to come pay us a visit,
and spend a few days on these trails. :) Just this morning, walking
downhill on our way home from church, I took a slip and only
managed to catch myself on one knee before doing a flip!
This was complicated by the fact that I was carrying a backpack
and had Claudsie on my shoulders, but of course these
people haul everything that goes to their houses on their
back or head as well. So it's not as simple as it may seem
at first glance. It's just plain hard to keep your feet in their
proper position- below your head- sometimes!!!!!

Foot Problem...

This little guy spent several days in a hospital room; unfortunately
I didn't get any pics of HIM-only this nasty looking foot... He came in
with a respiratory problem, and this badly infected foot. After treating
him for several days, it seemed that his oxygen level had improved,
but he still breathed with some difficulty. We wondered if there could
be an underlying issue, and so we took him out to the hos[ital.
Hopefully they can help the poor little chap... He was very sweet
and patient, but sometimes he was obviously miserable...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Actually, rocks DON'T belong in ears...

Uh-oh- surely not the old "rock in the ear" trick again!?
Unfortunately, yes it is.

But thankfully for little Daniel, it wasn't in there too
deeply; (although you would have been CERTAIN
that it was looking grim for the little chap, judging
from the hearty opinions he expressed during the
stone-removal operation..... :-)

A real community effort! Shana's running the forceps, while a crowd of
interested helpers alternately yell at Daniel to "Be quiet and hold still",
and at Shana to "Be careful!!"; and, "Wouldn't a little oil help?"

Ah, that wasn't too bad Danny! Just don't experiment
down those lines again... Daniel's parents go to the
church here in Ailegue, they have a nice family...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mountainside tumble III !

This 9 year old little girl came in on Wednesday afternoon at around 3...
The story we were told was that she had fallen down the mountain a little
ways, then falling rocks had slammed into her head. The evidence was
certainly there- several severe gashes on the top and back of her head,
along with various scrapes and lacerations elsewhere. At first, the nurses
weren't particularly worried; it looked nasty, but she was very alert and
"with it", and didn't seem to be in as bad a shape as several similar cases
we've dealt with. But then, through feeling the back of her head, they
discovered a rather large "soft spot" in a wound area, that seemed to
indicate a more serious fracture than we had realized before. So it was
decided that it would be best for her to go out to see a doctor, and be
where there was the possibility of getting an x-ray if that was deemed
necessary. Since it wasn't an immediately critical situation, and we've
been having difficulty with several vehicles here at the mission, we opted
to send her out with a "moto" (motorcycle); so we hauled her and her
parents up to the closest market and sent them on their way- dad
sitting behind to support her on the way...............

Here she is with her mom, just before heading out. Her head is already
bandaged up and wrapped in a cloth to keep the dirt out, always a
problem in this dusty, dirty environment. Please pray for their family,
 they didn't profess to be Christians and the dad had obviously
been drinking. God can use anything to
point people to Himself!!!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The following pictures were meant to accompany the latest Gospel to Haiti one list. If you do not currently receive the one list and would like to, please write to:
Friends come and friends go. . . We've had a lot of staff changes the last while at the clinic.

Here are normal activities at clinic

Stitches, births, and various other cases often get treated out of normal clinic hours.

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