Thursday, March 28, 2013

TB, not for me

Tuberculosis. If you are not a medical person, you've heard this term tossed around, but may not really know a lot about it. It is like something you read about in a sci-fi book. An airborne disease. It especially likes people who are weak, but isn't really that picky. This infection mutates when medications are not used properly. To the point where sometimes TB is untreatable. Sounds exotic and distant, right?
Every week, there are certain faces that stand out more than others. This week, it was a severely malnourished little girl. Who also happens to have seizures, a history of a brain injury, & is severely developmentally delayed. We sent her for a TB test earlier this week, and she came back for a follow-up with medication. TB medication. 

We are so thankful that TB treatment, along with HIV treatment, is free in several hospitals in the city. So now we patiently wait to see how she reacts to her medications. So today, I think of some of my favorite faces who have faced TB... and won!

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
-Mother Teresa

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Week In Pictures

Sick, sick little ones
Justin Bieber marking the clinic broom & mop
Rusty making us dhal bat for dinner
Tug & Avett: Best Friends
Rashes, skin lesions, & pustules...oh my!
Deep cleaning clinic
A place for everything & everything in it's place
Sad realities of no post-surgery follow-up
Finding odd things when people say "ah"

"The resurrection of Jesus was simply God's unwillingness to take our 'no' for an answer. He raised Jesus, not as an invitation to us to come to heaven when we die, but as a declaration that he himself has now established permanent, eternal residence here on earth. He is standing beside us, strengthening us in this life. The good news of the resurrection of Jesus is not that we shall die and go home to be with him, but that he has risen and comes home with us, bringing all his hungry, naked, thirsty, sick prisoner brothers with him."
-Clarence Jordan

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Continued Adventures of Tortuga

My sweet, rottweiler companion turned one year old last month. He continues to bring us joy and laughter. Some people go out and buy a TV. Instead we got a very entertaining dog. He weighs in at 67 pounds and some of his favorite activities include guarding our door, staring out our porch at the street, chewing on coconuts, frolicking in the nearby graveyard (our version of a dog park), & sniffing out mice. He was successful at killing three of these obnoxious little creatures this weekend! I love listening when Youv reads the book Good Dog, Carl. He reads it, laughs are the pictures of the dog & baby doing funny things and says "Gade, Tug"-- Look at Tug. There is nothing like having a four-legged friend.
Racing through the graveyard
Successful mice hunting!
Sweet time with Aunt Keziah
"It's just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn't it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal."
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
John Grogan

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Simple Little Pleasures

Dear Keziah,
We need to coordinate leaving Haiti more often. Check out the new additions to 
The Safehouse!
Bathroom Sink!
A sink that actually drains!
A real, flushing toilet!
Also, I'm feeling better everyday. Still on some meds for some awesome swollen lymph nodes. We are quite the pair. I'll try not to eat all the gouda before you come home. 

See you Haiti-side soon!

"After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything splendid or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Anne of Avonlea
L.M. Montgomery