Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mis Leda at work!

This man needed an infected wound cleaned and bandaged so Mis Leda set to work

Often times we only put the "big" things on the blog, but normal clinic work consists of many small jobs--dressing small wounds, treating someone's cold, or even talking to a worried mother about her baby's health.

Our desire is to do it with Jesus' love flowing from our lives!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Update on rock injury patients

Just a shot of our head pharmacist at work!

The man who had the rock injury on his head is doing very well! When he returned for his check-up, we were happy to see that the injury didn't affect him mentally as it could have from the magnitude of the hit.

The little girl who was also injured from a rock is doing well too! She was back several times this week. From the force of the rock hitting her, it was a bruise as well as a cut, but it's looking great!

It's also been interesting because we realized that the girl's parents were both through our cholera treatment center. We made so many friends at the CTC, and it's fun to see them come back through the clinic.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Remember those rocks??

Right on the heals of the little girl with rock injuries came a man with a large cut on his head... caused by (you guessed it) a rock!

Apparently he had been in his garden, sharpening his sepid (a curved tool, used for lightly tilling the ground and chopping weeds- similar to a small scythe) when a large rock came tumbling down the hill. It came crashing down onto the back of his head, knocking him out, and splitting the scalp open.

When he came, he was still pretty out of it, but as he rested, he began to come to, and could speak better.

The stitch job took just a little longer than an hour, from cleaning the wound to the last stitch.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The cleft rock...

Depending where you live in the States, it may seem strange to have people coming into a hospital with deep wounds caused by falling rocks. Down here in Haiti it is pretty rare when we don't have patients coming in with serious injuries caused by either a rock falling on them, or they falling on a rock!

Yesterday we had such a case: an eight year old little girl was carried from 3 hours away, having several bad scrapes and cuts on her foot and ankle. Her parents told us she was on a hill, when a large rock tumbled down, heading straight for her. Right before it hit, it must have clashed into another rock, because it split in half, dividing in two before it hit her; only her ankle was injured, suffered large cuts. 

The family was very thankful that she wasn't killed, but there was a lot of work to be done on her foot. She was very brave, but was in a lot of pain, so she cried frequently. 
The whole operation took almost 2 hours, and was very tedious!

When they came, it was lightly wrapped in a white cloth,
with a lot of dirt and grime all over her foot.

The father was out working when the incident happened,
so as soon as he heard about it, he headed this way.
Apparently this was some friend or relation that brought her in, along with the mother.

Once they got here, Mis Anita began unwrapping the bandage, and started to clean it out.

Ah, yes, a very nice gash there, don't you think?

Thankfully, no bones were broken... it was just a really nasty set of gashes!

At first the poor little girl was very scared and cried a lot.
Once the majority of the cleaning was done, she was able to relax a little...

After washing it out really well, Anita had to pick bits of dirt and gravel out...

Once she finished up, the job was handed over to Michael...

Inside, Michael was preparing his stitching equipment.
They brought the girl in and had her lay on the operation table.

He had to clean up the edges in a few places, but once that was done he was able to begin.

Once the local anesthetic began to work she was even smiling and grinning at us :)

A job well done!

Her foot was still very scraped up, but at least now it will heal well!
She will be coming back in a few days for a checkup...
Please pray for the family, that they would see the light of Jesus and be saved!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Perhaps you have never heard of folliculitis? 

That's ok. 
Neither did I until this afternoon when a man and his boy came to the gate!

The boy's face was all swollen, and he could only see out of one eye. 
His hair was dirty, with infection oozing out the top of his head.

After looking at it, Michael pronounced the condition as "folliculitis", 
an infection at the root of hair follicles.

In my research later, I found it is usually caused by uncleanliness and lack of hygiene.
That would appear to be the case with this poor little boy...
And since it hadn't been taken care of sooner, it was spreading to his face!

Virginia laid him down, and began to shave his head-- 
the only way to effectively access the infected area.

Abigail helped hold his head, so he wouldn't get tired.

After the shaving was done, she scrubbed the infected area...

Then washed it with hydrogen peroxide...

As Virginia prepared the medications,
Abigail coated the infected area with antibiotic gel.

They sent them on their way with a pack of medication and a clean head
and instructions to return later for a checkup... :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

The man that was robbed... (Warning: some graphic images and video)

We had a man come to the mission the other day with a huge cut down his forehead... apparently he was sitting in his house when someone came in to rob him. He didn't hear them come in, and they bashed him over the head. We don't know if the robber(s) got away with anything.

Though a fanciful tale, these kind of things are all-too common here in Haiti. It shows the deplorable state of so many of the hearts here, and exemplifies their need of Christ. Please continue to pray for us as we try to show them the way to life eternal!!

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