I received an email first thing this morning from Lori Zachary-Moise in Cazale at Real Hope for Haiti. A baby had just come to the clinic that was 1 month old and weighed 3 pounds 14 ounces. She was very malnourished and needed medical care urgently. Lori was very busy and Licia, her sister, was leaving for the States this afternoon. So I sent Susan and our driver, Ernst, to meet them and bring the baby back home. Her name is Valentina and her mother is mentally ill. Her aunt came with her and said that her mother has been mentally ill since she was 2 years old. Mother gave birth and three days later, she was gone again. She left Valentina with her father and grandfather. They have been feeding this newborn under weight and probably premature baby baby food in a jar! Yes, your read that right! No milk. Only baby food!! We now have her on IV fluids. Her veins are horrible and Lori stuck her several times before finding a vein and the trip home made the IV stop running. So then I stuck several more times before finding a vein. She is now also getting some milk via a feeding tube into her stomach. The aunt said that she just went to visit today and found the baby in this condition. She took her to the clinic and realizes that she is in critical condition. Look at her little ribs showing! I told the aunt that Valentina is only bones! Please pray for Valentina.
We received mail and lots of the mail was from Christmas time! It was fun opening up boxes with Christmas presents for kids who were already home. Some of the boxes were from people who heard that we were having trouble finding some food items and they made up little “care packages” for us. How fun to get so many great items for cooking and candy too! Thank you everyone who worried about us and went out and bought these items and sent them. We send to you a huge “THANK YOU” and we’ll think of you as we have some wonderful meals from what you sent. :-)
The Cross of Glory team brought lots of donations with them. The team unloaded their suitcases mid-morning after spending a couple of hours with the children in the nursery. Their donations ranged from medical supplies to baby blankets and everything in between! After lunch, the team went to Fort Jacques and went through all of the boxes that they unloaded from the trucks yesterday, put together nice packets for 50 families and then brought them all down to the main house this afternoon! We have kept them very busy since they arrived yesterday. Either tomorrow or Monday, the team will take the packets to 50 families in the Kenscoff area who lost their homes during the earthquake. GLA is working with the Mayor of Kenscoff to get tents and supplies to families who so far have received no aid of any kind.
The plastic surgeon that treated Vivianne and Steeve when they went through our patio door here at the orphanage is a partner in a large clinic in Petion-Ville. We have been taking supplies to the clinic to help them out any way we can. We recently took pain medication because they were treating amputations with Tylenol! Now they have something a little stronger. We have also been getting lots of dressing material for wounds. The clinic has done amputations and lots of other surgeries. I thought you would find the sign out in front of the clinic as interesting as I did. It is in French, Creole, and English. For a long time after the earthquake, many clinics and hospitals only offered care to the wounded and people with other illnesses had a hard time finding medical care.
Please pray for me. I am having terrible back pain. Many of you know that two years ago, I spent two months in the States being treated for 8 herniated disks in my lower back. Well since the earthquake, my back is just getting worse. Now the pain is running down into my legs. I have a traction decompression machine here at home, but I have been afraid to use it because you have to strap yourself into it and it is difficult to get out of very quickly. We have had so many aftershocks, that I did not want to get caught in it during a possible earthquake! So my daughter, Laurie, told me that I should take it outside and use it! That is a good idea, but I really don’t want to be outside if there was another earthquake either! I thought about putting it in the back of a car, but I do not want everyone in the community looking at me either! I may just have to do use the traction in the house and pray really hard that everything goes well! LOL
And life in Haiti goes on…
Posted on Thu, February 18, 2010