Today has been one of those not so good days for me. I have been rather emotional today and I have very little tolerance with my staff and even people who have emailed today. I will not go in to detail about my staff but some things happened in this past week that make me wonder why I have some of the staff that I have! Knowing that people have gotten laid off and the ones here take things and do not respect the children or the other staff members!
But enough of that, let me tell you about the beautiful little boy, named Peter, that we received last night in our NICU. He weighs just over 2 pounds and mother says he is a 6 1/2 month gestation baby and that is what his development shows! Fortunately, his mother was at the Baptist Mission Hospital and the American doctors there gave the mother steroids before the his birth so his lung development is pretty good. He came to us breathing well but about 9 PM last night his oxygen saturation level started to decrease slightly and so the nurses started him on a small amount of oxygen and his oxygen levels have been up and stayed normal all day today. Peter's mother is here and she is expressing her breast milk for us to give him once he starts taking feedings. Right now, he's on IV fluids only. Please keep Peter in your prayers.
We were talking about all of the people we know who have left Haiti! Even our lawyer is sitting in Miami. One of my day nurses went to the USA with her whole family without telling any of us here! The number of people that left to take their kids out of Haiti due to the aftershocks is almost overwhelming. The US Embassy still has people standing outside everyday wanting to get visas to leave or renew their visas so they can travel to the States. The other Embassies also have lots of people that they evacuated out of Haiti to Canada, Europe, and other countries. People just wanted out of Haiti!
We have been donating supplies to the plastic surgeon who took care of our son, Steeve, and Vivianne, who has lived with us for many years, when Vivianne ran through the glass patio door. The doctor told Laurie that she never wanted to be in this position ever again. She said to be caught without the basic supplies to help in a disaster like this earthquake has been is the most horrible thing. Haiti does not even have ventilators to help patients stay alive if they need breathing assistance. The doctors in her clinic are bagging patients by hand 24/7! Last week, 4 patients died because they did not have ventilators. How sad is that? We need to get more supplies to Haiti. Supplies like ventilators, suction machines, irrigation machines, and other supplies need to come to Haiti. Surely there are medical supply businesses out there that can donate some of these things to our Haitian doctors?
Carnival should have started this coming weekend but there will be no carnival this year. In fact, all of my staff says that the government has called for a holiday on Friday and the people are saying that they are supposed to fast and pray for Haiti on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! They will fast from 6 AM to 6 PM with only fruit juice and water during that period. When President Preval's office was asked if he was calling for a fast and prayer for Haiti, they would not confirm this but said they did call for a holiday. We are going to participate in this fast and prayer time and I encourage all of my readers of this blog to fast and pray for Haiti on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Please pray for UNICEF to place some of the children in their tent cities, for our children that have French families and need to join their families in France, for all of the families affected by this disaster, for the Haitian government that they will meet the needs of the victims of this disaster, that the rainy season will hold off until some more permanent housing will be found for the 400,000+ people sleeping outside in Port-au-Prince, Petionville, and surround areas, and pray for GLA that God will fill our beds with the children we are meant to have!
Our Bible Study tonight was John 9 and talking about how nobody wanted to believe that Jesus had healed the blind man. We talked about how the the man found after 27 days under the rubble was kind of the same. The journalists are talking about it was not possible to survive that long without water and he must have had something to drink there somewhere! We have had no rain, so he did not drink rain water and there was no water around him when he was found. He says someone in a white coat brought him water from time to time. Everyone here that we have talked to says it was an Angel of God! They believe it was a miracle. I do too! It is unexplainable and why even try to take away from the wondrousness of this event in this man's life and in this nation? This has been a very uplifting thing for all of us right now and all of the journalist just need to except that there are some things that they cannot explain away and sometimes there ARE miracles! As for me?? I BELIEVE!
And life in Haiti goes on...
Posted on Wed, February 10, 2010