Thursday, August 26, 2010

Clinic in Chichi

The guys and I met in Chichi this morning for clinic.

As I mentioned last night, we did not have any electricity. I actually slept about 10 hours and it was great! We still not have electricity this morning nor did I have water. Just another one of those things and life will sometime get back to "normal."

The first two patients that came to the clinic this morning had more concerns for their husbands and family than they did for themselves. The first lady is not able to sleep or eat but does not have any obvious physical causes. The more we talked, the more she told me about her family issues. Her husband drinks a lot and the second patient had many of the same issues.

Addiction, no matter the type, strains relationships and also the family as a whole. The person addicted may or may not admit it. Until that person wants to change, the spouse or family is almost helpless. I use the term almost because there are still some things that can be be done but they are not easy.

I talked to these ladies today about prayer and continuing to love their spouse. There are many examples in the Bible about prayer and it's strength. Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus about his prayer for them.
Ephesians 1:17-18
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints..........

When Paul wrote these words, yes the people were Christians but later in Chapter 2 he talks about how they were once dead in their sins and that we were all there at one time. Because of love, we are changed.

Sometimes there is nothing a spouse can do except to continue to pray and love........and no, it is not easy.

We had 15 patients today and it was a good clinic. We had a new diabetic with a blood sugar of over 500 and we talked about his diet.

About 11am the electricity returned...........ahhhhh, life is "normal" again.

I hope that something was said to encourage all of the patients and that they will return.

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