Day 3

Yetebon

Day3Greetings from the team in Yetebon! It is the evening of our third day. The end of the day finds us all a little tired, but with joyful spirits. We continue to adapt to a different culture and to appreciate the warm, generous care given us by our hosts. Here was our day today:

We gathered at 7:00am for devotions before breakfast.  Judy led us in singing “Be Thou My Vision”, a wonderful theme for our day. Burt led us in our Daily Devotion. Today’s was centered on Matthew 19:16 – 31 and the theme of our relationship with the poor. Certainly something that is on our minds as we see the poverty surrounding us here in Ethiopia. After breakfast we were off to work. Day 3

Some of the team members headed off to the hospital, while the rest continued the health screenings of the school children in the tents set up on the school ground.

 In the clinic today we continued with the kindergartners. As things often are not entirely smooth, there was a delay of about an hour getting started. Once begun however, the team was in high gear screening and treating children. By the end of the day we had seen a total of 235 children Monday and Tuesday.

Day 3We continued with our three tent set up. In the first tent Marshall, with the help of Judy and their translator Sinadoo, did dental screening. By the end of the first two days, they had screened a total of 366 children.
In the second tent Mary and Joann checked vital signs including height and weight. The majority of the children were found to be under a healthy weight. While waiting for their medical exams, the children were educated and entertained by Kathy, Joann, and Mary. They were taught about hygiene and healthy habits.  

On to the third tent, where the children had their medical screening exams. Burt and Mimi, later joined by Mike performed exams, diagnosed and treated a number of problems, and prayed with their patients. Sally, among her many other roles, acted as pharmacist. Day 3

Many of the children seen today were ill. The most common problems seen were fungal infections, thyroid goiter, lice, abdominal complaints related to parasitic infections, and respiratory illnesses. A majority are undernourished. There were a number of boys with un descended testicles.

Day 3Part of the team went to the hospital. Isabella worked in the prenatal clinic, where she examined pregnant women. She listened for fetal heart tones with a cone-shaped fetoscope similar to those used in the US over fifty years ago. Jenny, our physiotherapist, worked on her own, without a translator, with several of the hospital patients. Weldon, our team photographer, computer support and jack-of-all-trades, photographed the hospital, the patients and people in the surrounding countryside. Mike and Bill assisted Dr Abraham, the hospital’s only surgeon, on three surgical cases. In the middle of the second case, an abdominal prostatectomy, the power went out for about 30 minutes. Dr Abraham continued the case with a battery powered headlamp.  In the United States all surgeries start with a “Time Out” where the surgical team discusses the patient and case. In the hospital at Project Mercy the “Time Out” entails the surgeons and staff praying for the patient.  

The team convened before dinner at 6pm and shared stories of the day. After dinner we shared coffee and more conversation, we then were off to an early bed.

Goodnight and thank you for all of your prayers and support.

Addis

Greetings from the medical team in Addis! We started our morning with a time of Scripture and prayer. Today (Tuesday) we served in the district of Bole. Bole is more of an upper class area where the more well-to-do folks live. But interspersed between nice homes are still the shacks of the poor. In fact on the outskirts are where some of the poorest in the area live. The markets we drove by on our way to clinic had more expensive items than you see in other parts of town. People on the street vary from American type clothes to worn out rags. We drove by the president's palace with huge grounds and prominent fencing.

We served in clinic about 36 patients in the morning and the same amount in the afternoon. This clinic was more of an outreach to the city/neighborhood; most of the patients were not enrolled in the SIMs HIV/AIDS project. They came with many complaints that were directly related to their poor living conditions, lack of enough water to drink, or food to eat. Most of the ones I triaged were vastly underweight, some quite emaciated. Some of the complaints of the day were constipation, eye irritations, follow up on an ultrasound for bladder stones, leg pain and numbness and tingling. There were other items like scabies, TB, head lice, and a swollen ankle. Our docs and nurse practitioner worked like crazy to treat these folks as best they could.

One of our docs saw a patient that had been seen on several other occasions and treated with things that did not help. He told the doctor "You guys always want to give me medicine, then pray for me and it doesn't work. This time could we pray first?" It was hilarious and great!

Patients waiting patiently in Bole clinicThe clinic was set up in the SIM Bole project office. One larger room we set up with 3 tables for the doctors and nurse practitioner to see patients. Each member of our team had a translator. Outside in a make-shift patio type area there were benches where patients waited and 2 tables for Dea & Joyce to triage patients. There was a small room where our pharmacy was set up, ran by a pharmacist that joined our team and one of our nurses (Gayle). Prior to clinic we had placed into baggies a 30 count of common medications like multi-vitamins and ibuprofen; then by the MD orders the pharmacy team bagged prescription drugs with written instructions.

So one at a time the patients came through my triage area. Many of them had never seen a doctor beforeCame for mebecause they had been pretty healthy. But now that they had a chance, they spilled their hearts with the two to four problems they were having. Some of them had been ongoing for years. There were a few with obvious problems they didn't know they had, like really high blood pressure. The highlight of my day was a patient that I had triaged and prayed for who told me he thought I had come all the way to Ethiopia just for him. Another lady told me no one had cared for her but she felt I really cared. These were touching moments that I will always cherish.

The Ethiopian people are a people of gentle spirit that genuinely appreciate that we love and care for them. They are extremely poor and in the daily struggle to provide the next meal or secure a job or find a better place to live they do not dwell on superficialities of life. They are humble, thankful, and have a joy that we can envy in the midst of their circumstances.

Dessie

Children at DessieToday was our teams – grand opening! We worked with our Ethiopian Medical Dessie MedicalProfessionals at Hope Enterprise (Dessie). We saw about 120 of the second and cutest first and second and third graders you have ever seen. A lot of the children have issues with wasting, stunting and parasites. The wonderful thing was that our local Doctors could make clinic and Hospital referrals to help the children.. Our nurses tenderly tested the children. God is creating a harmonious team!