She is 13 yrs old & has been living with the painful “growth” near her left eye for awhile.
She made her days journey from Burkina Faso down to Hospital of Hope to see if there was any HOPE for her.
Her father saved & saved money that he thought would cover the surgery…
Dr John told them”it will be risky, will be a hard surgery to do as only 1 surgeon. There could be complications, possibly death"...
but they kept returning to see him at clinic wanting to at least “try”, the pain was getting worse.. he was kinda dragging his feet..
They stayed at the cuisine ( a large building with 8 partisans where patients could sleep & live while they recovered or waited)..
They were grasping at HOPE .. that something could be done for her..
"complications? “would that require more days in the hospital?”
“No we can’t have complications .. we don’t have enough money for that”
Today is her surgery...
He breast tumor is growing large & sucking the life out of her, & she wasn’t even aware of it...
32 yrs old .. single, no children..sweet as can be….
Looking for HOPE & healing...
After a deep mastectomy was preformed it was determined she has stage 3 breast cancer. No chemo here for that.
But she was brought here for more than just “to remove that tumor”
God has a plan. She is from a village that is deep in Islam.
From the first time I heeded the prompting of the Spirit to pray with her..
she has clung to my hand & continues to do so when ever I see her- crying on my shoulder & hugging me …
Oh yes she prays..
I have seen her & her sisters, in her hospital room with full head dress on– IV in her hand, bowing in prayer on her prayer mat…repeating the words...
But she is hearing of another HOPE now.. The true HOPE & her heart, along with her sisters, is beginning to open..
She’s received an SD card with scripture TRUTH on it, to play on her phone..
They haven’t heard these stories of the Prophets before .. oh they know & have heard of their names.. but this is different..
remember her & pray her heart is ripped wide open & Jesus comes in before it’s too late.
|"Sweet A" & her sister|
|"Sweet A" with her sister giving a "thumbs-up"|
He was 5 … I was working nights..
"He is vomiting & can’t sleep" his parents say..
but for us he sleeping soundly on the floor… well we’ll do some labs – but he doesn’t seem too sick..
About an hour later – he vomited & I needed to get an IV started
on him if he vomited. So I put him on a gurney & got his IV going..
I was getting ready to give him Tylenol & he started to have a seizure...
the seizures these kids seem to have are not the fall down violent seizures ..
They are just arm trembling that can’t be stopped or mouth twitching..
but he was having one..
Oh no he probably has cerebral malaria !!!
Quickly get phenobarb into him to stop the seizure!!
Dr Sarah came running over checked his pupils – the left one “blown” dilated & not responding- not a good sign – big time brain damage.
We quickly put him into the ICU from the corridor where he was-
all of our ER beds were full!
Then the next minute he stopped breathing!!
As we started resuscitation on him, he slowly started to respond & breath on his own after about 15-20 minutes.
As we were "coding" him, pushing drugs to get his little life back ..
I thought of my sweet little Fenner about his same age.
Please Jesus save him over & over again...
Our prayers were heard!
HOPE - we had hope in the great physician –
After about a week & a half he recovered FULLY !
|SICK!! Didn't think he would pull through but we had HOPE!|
It doesn’t appear he has any permanent brain damage at all!!!
As I see him sitting & eating.. walking with his mother … even my HOPE is renewed!!
|Eating & Happy|
I see the thankfulness & joy in his
as I remember seeing the despair & fear
as she set on the floor, head in her hands
watching her little
boy slowly slipping away !
It seems we see so much “needed’ HOPE & HEALING here...
that is so easy to NOT SEE all the healing HE is doing !!
The need is great here… It’s not easy.. death is about me practically every day..
BUT so is life... hearts are being softened & opened ... not only in our patients, but even the staff ( especially since Todds death) .
For everyone that has been on my journey-partnering with me..
Thank you so much for sticking with me! I so appreciate it!!
We can’t all go to Togo, but we can all go down the street…
and one place is no greater than someplace else!
Continue to pray for my strength & TRUST (yes I still struggle there)
in Jesus.. in the HARD and to remember HE is working!
Love. Joy. Thanksgiving. Embracing life..
ok a little funny...
It's HOT really HOT & you know It's REALLY HOT when even your patient wants to lay on the tile floor to try to get cool!!!! No wonder I'm sweating like crazy!!!