Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fevers, Maggots, Fevers

We have seen around 20 extra kids per day in clinic this week with fevers. These kids are not patients that we would usually see. Our rule is that we see general medical need patients on Monday. Every other day is a designated day for blood pressure, prenatal care, etc. The 2 exceptions to our rule are blood and fevers. And this week has been fevers, fevers, fevers. Those fevers range from 99 to, the winner thus far, 105! Rainy season has started so we are seeing more malaria and cholera. And season changes are hard on people, even in the States. But it is insane. At this rate, we should be a clinic that does nothing but treat people with fevers. And if we did that, we would have more than enough to do. So tomorrow, usually a catch-up day, I will be heading into clinic to check on our feverish kids.

On another note, last Friday I was in a midwife class. Now don't laugh- for those of you who know me know that OB-GYN is NOT my love. I was there with a woman who has been visiting and doing classes with the midwives as well as running prenatal clinics. We were in the feeding center here, and there was a knock on the door. I step out and see a Mama with a little girl with a giant, swollen ear and fever. Kelly (nurse, Avett-loving friend from Georgia) and I take them into the clinic. Her ear is so swollen that I know there is no way to get an otoscope in. So we proceed to wipe some of the pus out. At one point, Kelly stops and looks to see a maggot the end of her Q-tip! As a medical professional, you know not to just freak out in front of your patients. But it was really hard! We continued to get as much of the good stuff out as possible, start her on meds for the ear infection, and tell her to come back to clinic. Monday when she came in, I took the otoscope to check on the ear and there were little heads of maggots sticking out of a open wound in her ear...MOVING! When I think about that, it still makes me feel sick and have goose bumps. Total, we have taken 11 maggots out of this little girl's ear. And while in this picture they are small, they have been progressively increasing in size. We are hoping to get her into Port Au Prince to have someone surgically make sure they are all gone.

Hello, first maggot.

We smile because we are terrified.
On another note, my puppy dog now weighs 22.6 lbs! And continues to bring me and the girls in my house a lot of laughs and joy. Plus the kiddos in Jubilee are fascinated by him. When we took him into Port Au Prince to get a few more vaccination, he got to go swimming in the ocean with Ben & Djeff.

Singing in the car with Ben

Friday, May 11, 2012

Avett comes to Gonaives!

Sometimes we make our own fun. Create our own entertainment. So when we learned that the Avett Brothers had a Live, Volume 3 DVD, we knew that Scott & Seth Avett needed to make an appearance. I was introduced to Avett in college by Isaac and have loved them ever since. They have lyrics that are so true and so full of meaning that it's like listening to poetry. They have music that can make you want to dance, cry, laugh, and sing until your lose your voice. So a few us of took a night and experienced an Avett show on the roof, under the stars. I love live music. I miss good, live music. But we find alternatives here. And maybe one day Seth & Scott will really come to Gonaives and sing for us- on the roof, under the stars. Anybody want to call in a favor?

"When nothing is owed or deserved or expected
And your life doesn't change by the man that's elected
If you're loved by someone, you're never rejected
Decide what to be and go be it"
-Head full of doubt/Road full of promise

"We came for salvation
We came for family
We came for all that's good that's how we'll walk away
We came to break the bad
We came to cheer the sad
We came to leave behind the world a better place"
-Salvation Song

"Just do your best
It's the only to keep that last bit of sanity
Maybe I don't have to be good but I can try to be
At least a little better than I've been so far"
-When I Drink

Sunday, May 6, 2012

One Week

How precious is the mercy of God
The children of men take refuge under the shadow of thy wings
They are filled with the bouteousness of thy house,
and thou givest them to drink of the torrent of thy delights.
For with thee is the fountain of life,
and in thy light we see life.

Cinco de Mayo
Cooking, cooking, cooking
Slumber party with Mama Martha
"I did not ask for success; I asked for wonder. And You gave it to me." 
-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Second round of shots in Port Au Prince
Slumber party with Judith... who even cooked for us!
This week has given me quite a few beautiful pictures. Of sleeping out in Jubilee, sitting under the stars with friends, and having my little dog have his first night in the sandbag house. Of cooking for an unknown amount of people to celebrate a silly holiday like Cinco de Mayo. But stepping back and watching how fun life and community can be. Of sitting in a room full of people, where the only goal is to chat with God. Of waking up early to hear that little Daniel had died and going to cry together with a friend. Re-opening the book to write and remember him. Shiny moons and clouds. Celebrating a friend going- not leaving- but going back to the States for the summer. And to listen and hear how much of himself that he's leaving here. Being given a few hours alone to read and listen to podcasts. To hear a Mom talk about how she heard her 5 yr. old son say "Mama" for the first time after we started him on seizure medicines. Having a Haitian friend buy food to come cook for us & then spend the night. Weeks like this remind me of how good things can be- and are. They remind me to dream and ask because I serve a God who is BIG. The kind of big that crosses mountain ranges, oceans, and salt flats. That covers, seeps in, and permeates. That has this whole mercy and grace combination figured out. So I'm asking for that to be here and I'm seeing how it already is. Thy Kingdom Come.

"He who says he has done enough has already perished."- St. Augustine