Monday, March 2, 2015

Two Christinas

Many people like to name their kids after those who help them in the hospital.

This little girl was named after Christina.  She is now home and growing big and strong!  Christina will always have a special connection with this family.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Saturday Rounds Part 4



These are some of the patients that Stephen sees each morning in the hospital as he does rounds.
Each of them is precious to God, and we are grateful for the chance to be a part of His hands and feet at a time they are in need.


In this grouping of patients we see some of the social complications of illness:

The lady on the top left has a very contagious case of tuberculosis, but she is the source of nutrition for the child she's holding.  In the States we would offer infant formula but here breastmilk is not only the best choice, its the only one.

A different problem with breastmilk is seen in the second picture.   This mom isn't making enough, or is to tired to try.  Encouraging moms, giving bridging therapy for the kid is the cornerstone of treatment here.
Finally the elderly lady is suffering from a stroke.  She is getting good care from her family, but the concern is how she will eat.  She has a nasal feeding tube for now, but what to do for the future?Tough decisions to make without a lot of extra services.  Pray for us.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Saturday Rounds- Part 3

These are some of the patients that Stephen sees each morning in the hospital as he does rounds.
Each of them is precious to God, and we are grateful for the chance to be a part of His hands and feet at a time they are in need.

This grouping is eclectic but represents the wide variety of patients we see here at the Pioneer Christian Hospital
At the top left is a 14 year old with severe anemia from ongoing blood loss.
The middle top lady has been on this post before and is an Auca abandoned by her family and who has a bad medical situation as well.
In the top right there is an elderly man with renal failure.
The bottom row is a testimony to the ravages of tuberculosis,  lack of clean drinking water, and refusal to accept serious but treatable diagnoses.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saturday Rounds- Part 2

These are some of the patients that Stephen sees each morning in the hospital as he does rounds.
Each of them is precious to God, and we are grateful for the chance to be a part of His hands and feet at a time they are in need.

The first is a growing premature child who will go home soon, the second is waiting to go home also.
The child hanging on the swing is getting actually getting weighed to check his progress in fighting malnutrition.
 These kids are all doing well.  The top left hand child has sickle cell disease and subsequent malnutrition.  The crier on the right is ready to go home.  The smiling girl on the bottom left is recovering from a cut achilles tendon and the last one has recovered from malaria.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Saturday Rounds- Part 1

These are some of the patients that Stephen sees each morning in the hospital as he does rounds.
Each of them is precious to God, and we are grateful for the chance to be a part of His hands and feet at a time they are in need.

The top grouping of kids represent common illnesses this time of year.  There is still malaria, but there is a significant amount of stomach illnesses secondary to lower water levels.

In the second row from left to right:
We have a child we have seen before with severe prematurity who is close to going home now.

In the middle is the child who I wrote about in the"trouble in maternity" post.  She still needs tube feedings and the mom is having difficulty with milk production.

The last child on the last row is a big brother of another premature child who is about to go home as well.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Walking to the Market

 Last Saturday, a group of us walked to the market.
There were six of us total.

Duel picture taking.
I was taking a picture of the group while Zach took a picture of me.

We saw some good looking papaya for sale by the side of the road.
Some produce comes and goes depending on the season, but there is always papaya.

Zach is discussing the price of the papaya.
Some of the available goods:
(from the right of the picture, moving clockwise)
Salted fish
Dried strips of ginger
Unroasted coffee beans
Roasted ground coffee
(too bad the coffee is not good quality)
A local plant
A local seaoning- I was told that it's good for cooking grean beans.
Dried, ground okra
There are paper cones with some dried hibiscus flowers, and in the bucket in the background is more dried hibiscus.  You can make a juice or tea with the dried flowers.

We all bought fabric before the shopping trip was through.
More pictures to come.  :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Morning Rounds

The doctors and nurses do rounds each morning to discuss what needs to be done for each patient.