Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Clinic in Chuguexa

The guys and I went to Chuguexa today and we had 9 patients. That is not very many patients but the consults lasted longer.

There were several diabetics today and that takes a lot of teaching. The teaching is slow and for some it is all new material. People learn at different speeds and sometimes, people just need to hear it over and over again.

Two cases were especially sad. One lady, who is only 55 years old, returned after 8 months today. This is a very sad situation because she lives close in the area and has been very sick. She has lost 23 pounds. Now, 23 pounds may not sound that scary but when you start at only weighing 91 pounds.........that is wasting away to nothing!

We talked a long time about her diet and how she needed to change it. Her daughter told us that she is still drinking cokes and eating lots of foods that she she should not.

We encouraged her to change her diet and to return in February. I talked to her and her daughter about the dangerous situation she is in so let's pray that she returns.

Another young man came to clinic that is a diabetic. He is 20 years old and 8 months ago he was diagnosed with diabetes. He is not go for a follow-up visit and 3 months ago, lost his vision. Gaspar and I also talked to him and his parents for quite a while

Diabetes is a scary illness. Many people think that after one or two bags of medicine, they will be cured but this is not the case. Gaspar emphasised today with the patients that prayer is the most important factor, followed by diet and then medicine.

I hope that these patients, plus all of the other diabetics in this area return during the February clinic.

Tomorrow, we will have clinic in Lemoa.

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