16 February 2010
I have received a couple of emails today asking why I had not posted for a couple of days. I have to laugh when I used to post every couple of months! LOL I am just so busy sometimes that I just cannot find the time or energy to tell you about my day. But will try to catch up today!
Today is a sad day for us. Peter, our premature baby died this morning just before 7 AM. Susan and our night nurse, Claudia, breathed for him all night. He was doing really well and then he started having periods of apnea and we started caffeine on him. He did fairly well for a couple of days and then on Monday evening about 3:30 PM he took a turn for the worse. He appeared to be having respiratory distress of some sort. He was doing okay until just before 5 PM when he could not hold his oxygen levels up.
Susan started breathing for him and she and Claudia did this until he died just before 7 AM the next morning! Peter’s mother was here and watched how hard everyone worked to save her son. In the morning, when I told her that he was gone, she told me that he was gone yesterday!
What was so sad was that he threw his arms around and sucked on Ambu bag mask all night! He was just too worn out to breath enough to live! He was taking breaths but not enough. Finally, this morning, his heart started to slow down and become irregular. His mother said that during the earthquake that she was in the market and it threw her all over the place. She is sure that this is the reason she went into labor so early. As much of fighter as Peter was, if he had been born even 2 weeks later I think he would have lived! Pray for his family and especially his mother.
Another mother today came and took her 2 month old baby back to live with her. She said that the people she was living with was giving her such a hard time because she left him here. This was a mother who had given her child for adoption eight years ago with GLA. We told her that he could just stay for help not adoption but peer pressure in Haiti is big. She left with him and of course tonight it is raining so hard and she is sleeping outside with him and her other little girl. Please pray for Wadley and his family. Pray that he will stay dry and healthy!
We are supposed to receive our plane load of cargo tomorrow and take it to the property at Fort Jacques. We are getting more tents in this shipment and those will really come in handy with us having more rainy days!
Today was Mardi Gras but Haiti did not celebrate it this year. There was no carnival. Haiti needs to focus on surviving and rebuilding. Please pray for the Haitian government and all of the organizations that are working on delivering humanitarian aid and helping to rebuild Haiti.
We have a 9 person team arriving tomorrow and they are coming through the Dominican Republic. For some reason, they are being delivered to downtown Port-au-Prince Downtown PAP is terrible! You cannot drive down there for all of the tents and people living in the area! It is worse because they are coming with quite a bit of luggage! Hopefully, we can meet them in another location that might be just a little bit safer to transfer people and luggage.
And life in Haiti goes on…
Posted on Tue, February 16, 2010