Monday, August 14, 2017

Story of Daniel

A few weeks ago, the Solomon's Porch group brought a young boy for us to see.  For six months his right eye has been white and from what we can tell, he has totally lost his vision.  The clinic behind my house, ASELSI, has a patient waiting list of several months.  When I talked to them about Daniel, they were kind enough to let us slip in to see Dr. DeLeon, an eye specialist from Guatemala City.

The mother tells Dr. DeLeon that first his right eye turned yellow.  Her neighbors told her that her son had hepatitis but she did not believe them.  She did not know what to do, so she just waited to see if it would get better without seeking medical help.  As she told her story, she cried because now she feels that she should have done something different.

Daniel is two years old and seven months.  He is active, very happy and will do most things when asked to.  He is very still and cooperative when being examined.

Dr. DeLeon thinks that this might have started as an eye infection and progressed, due to no treatment.  He wants the child to travel to his office in Guatemala City for an ultrasound, to be sure that there is not mass behind the eye and also to see that the left eye is healthy.  He is also thinking as the boy continues to grow, that they will need to remove the eye and replace it with a prosthesis.

The social worker from Solomon's Porch, Eugenia said that she will take the mother and child to the capital on Wednesday.  We will all be interested in hearing what happens after the ultrasound is done.

Please remember Daniel and his mom in your prayers.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Returning to Quiet

The last four weeks have been non-stop!  During this time, I have been with almost eighty different people at  activities and clinics here in Chichi and also in Montellano. All of those people are now back on US soil.  A lot work has been done and so appreciated..............then comes the shift back to normal living.

I went to Panajachel last night just to chill.  Had dinner on the lake and watched the lights come on in the different communities.  One boat was coming across the lake in the dusk.

As usual, I jumped a bus to Pana with my backpack, listening to music.....I never plan on seeing people that I know so it surprises me when I do. I saw Katie that works for the clinic in Camanchaj.  She was finishing up with some teams so she was going to be enjoying a quiet weekend.

In Pana, I listened to Beulah Land a lot and the lyrics are very applicable.

I'm kind of homesick for a country
To which I've never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
For time won't matter anymore.
Beulah Land (Beulah Land) I'm longing for you (I'm longing for you)
And some day (And some day) on thee I'll stand (Someday we will stand)
There my home (There my home) shall be eternal (Eternal)
Beulah Land, sweet Beulah Land
I'm looking now, just across the river
To where my faith, shall end in sight (Shall end in sight)
There's just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.
Tomorrow morning, I will visit ASELSI.  I referred a young boy there from Panajachel and hopefully, the mother will have an idea what happened to her son's eye. He is a very good opthalmologist and has helped several of our patients.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ready to Return Home!

Well, it is time to wind things has been a busy week but everything has gone smooth.  About 60 people came together, went through a quick orientation and then rolled on! I do not have a final count on the number of surgeries but I would estimate about 70 cases were done. 

Tina and Michele reviewing a chart. I had never met Tina before but some of the people that were here with Eastside Church of Christ told me to be watching for her.  It was good meeting both Tina and Michele and I hope that they will return for future clinics.

When we have shift change, it can be very busy since there are the US staff and also the Guatemalan Staff rounding on patients.

So, remaining are six children looking forward to returning to their cool climate.  Hilda and her mom are ready!!  Thanks again to Jessie and Don for sponsoring Hilda.

Javier is exhausted and I think his mother is too.  Thanks to Ginny and Jack for sponsoring this surgery!

Jefferson has brushed his teeth and he is ready for the van to arrive.  Thanks to Susan and Lyn for helping Jefferson.  Susan has been down several times but Lyn was with her for the first time.  Lyn, hope to see you next year!

Milton is still not sure if he likes this place or not.......Doris and Beverly, thank you for sponsoring this surgery.  The family is very thankful!

Sheila must know she is going home soon.  It is the first time that she has not screamed when she saw me.  We will see how the return visit on August 21st goes.  Angie, thank you for helping with this surgery.

Victor is finally reunited with his mom.  She has had a little down time this week as the nursing staff has tried to find a way to take Victor home with them!  Many thanks to the Mt. Vernon High School Spanish Class for supporting Victor's surgery.

Every night in our devotional time, we pray for each patient by name. For me, it is very humbling because we know that the creator of the universe cares for each patient and knows them by name.  Patients are not a number on a chart or a statistic to Him...........but He intimately knows and cares for each one. Please continue to pray for the patients as they continue to heal.

Also pray for the team as they will travel to Antigua on Friday and then fly back to The States on Saturday.......that they will enjoy their last few hours relaxing after a busy week, that they will find their families well and that they will be planning their next trip to Guatemala.  There is a lot of work to be done and we can not do it without them.  Thank you Rick and every team member!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Almost Time to Head to Chichi

Tonight we went to sing with the patients.  I grabbed a few photos since it is hard to get everyone during the day when there is so much activity. 

Hilda and her mom strolling around the recovery area.

Victor and his mom just chillin' for the night.

Milton still does not care for us too much.

Javier is usually on the edge of crying.

Sheila and Jefferson are out, running around somewhere. 

Tomorrow morning the vans will come to take the families back home. Kemmel will come and get me too.  It has been a good week and we stayed busy. I will try to get one more set of photos tomorrow.

And the Excitment Continues!

Yesterday afternoon, we had a refreshing rain.  I love it when it rains in Montellano because it smells clean and brings the temperature down, so it is tolerable.  There was a lot of lightening and thundering.  The electricity went out several times but we have a generator that kicks in since we have patients in surgery.

Jeanie gave me permission to post this because I did not want to break any HIPPA regulations.  We do not have HIPPA here, that I am aware of but it is nice to know that you have consent.  In the afternoon, Jeanie was not feeling very well. She works in the OR and they have had some long Jeanie wanted to get a little rest. We went to an air-conditioned room and increased her fluids.

Before long, we had to start charging admission! People were bringing us drinks and offering I just need to remind the people that were charged for the admission, you can send it to my state-side address and I also accept credit cards.  Rita and Darling popped in and helped me take blood pressures since I have forgotten how to do them.............but we were thankful that Jeanie was feeling better and back in the OR today.

Elizabeth, one of the nurses painting the fingernails of the patients.  They love a little extra attention.

Victor is loving the popsicles.  He is very content today and is being shared among the staff.

Hild and her mom are exhausted..........they can not walk any farther.

Tracy taught one patient how to play a form of solitaire.

Kristin gets to spend a little time with Victor.

Today is a lighter OR day.......we should be done at a good hour.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday and the Surgeries Continue

OK, we are on the second full day of surgeries!  This is what the preop area looks like before the patients start lining up for their preop care.  They have their IVs inserted here, anesthesia talks with each one to be sure that everything is done correctly and all of the patients questions are answered. Then before as they take the walk to the operating room, we pray with the patients. Darin, is our chaplain this week.  Here is is sitting with Kathleen, Jason and a patient.

This is the first baby of the day, Victor!  His surgery is being sponsored by the Mt. Vernon High School Spanish Class, in Indiana.

Barbara recovered Victor after his surgery.

When Victor was beginning to wake up, he was placed in his mother's arms.

Javier, having his last meal before his surgery.  His surgery is sponsored by Ginny and Jack.

Javier and his mom in the preop area.

Javier being brought out by Gordon.

Javier's mom waiting for Javier to fully recover.

Wilfredo waiting before his surgery. 

Wilfredo ready to head back!

Unfortunately, we could not get Wilfredo intubated so we will bring him back in February and try again.  It was a disappointment to the patents, which we fully understand but it is better to wait.

Sheila was the last baby to have her surgery today.  Her mom bathing and preparing her.  Sheila's surgery is sponsored by Jessie and Don.

Sheila did very well and was soon back in her mother's arms.

Jefferson had his palate repaired yesterday and is already playing.

Tracy with one of the patients before his discharge.

We had a busy day with 17 patients.  Everyone did well post-surgery.

At the end of the day, we pray for each one by name.  We are thankful that their surgery went well and ask continual healing, pain management and a safe return to their home......................then we get some rest and do it all over again!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

And the Surgeries Continue........

We had one child come out of the OR a little later today.  This is Gordon, one of the anesthesiologists, working with the babies.  He and his wife Patricia, have been coming down for several years.

This is Hilda and her mom before her surgery.  Hilda's mom carried her around all day since she was not happy about not being able to eat.  She is a very patient mom!

This Patricia, taking care of another post-op patient.

Hilda before she goes into the operating room.  Her surgery is being sponsored by Don and Jessie.

Hilda at her bedside resting after surgery.

Tomorrow, we will contnue with the surgeries.

And The Surgeries Continue............

The morning began early, knowing that there were 18 patients on the surgical list.

Susan has been coming down for several years and always works with Sylvia, one of the dentists here in Montellano.  Susan brought Lyn, her husband, for the first time and they are sponsoring Jefferson's surgery. He was born with a cleft palate but not a cleft lip, which is rare. We are thankful that Susan and Lyn have the opportunity to meet Jefferson and his mom.

Soon it was Jefferson's turn to go to the operating room.  This is Jefferson a few minutes after surgery and he returned to the post-op area.

Jefferson's mom with him.................

and then it was time to return to the other bed.

This is Milton and he enjoys wearing his surgical cap.

Patricia getting Milton ready to be held by his mom.


Milton's parents getting ready to take him back to his own bed. Milton's surgery is sponsored by Doris and Beverly.

This is Wildredo, his mom and Glenna.  This is Glennas first time to Guatemala and we hope that she will return.  Her husband is Dr. Dwayne and he is one of our plastic surgeons.

Elizabeth carrying Victor around and entertaining him. He really liked her stethoscope so he may study medicine someday!

Sheila is still not sure about us.She just sees no need in being social.

Barbara and Patricia working the immediate post-op area.  Reviewing the orders for Barbara's patient.

I was standing in the nurses area today and this lady asked me my name.  When I told her who I was, she said, "Then I think it is because of you that I am on this trip!"  So of course that made me curious.  Mary heard about Health Talents through a mutual friend, Tonya.  Tonya and I worked together for many years at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem.  Mary said that I had emailed her about the work about three years ago and here she is today!  Thank you for coming Mary and we hope to see you next year......and bring Tonya with you :)

Yesterday, Rodelfo had a frenectomy.  He was doing very well so he was able to go home this afternoon.  He will return on August 14th to be seen in Clinica Caris.

Javier is ready for surgery in the morning.  We hope that he and his mom rest well tonight.  Tomorrow Javier, Wilfredo and Victor will have their surgeries.

Tomorrow is another day........and another adventure!