18 February 2010

I received an email first thing this morning from Lori Zachary-Moise Valentina on arrival 18 Feb 2010 (3) in Cazale at Real Hope for Haiti.  A baby had just come to the clinic that was 1 month old and weighed 3 pounds 14 ounces.  She was very malnourished and needed medical care urgently.  Lori was very busy and Licia, her sister, was leaving for the States this afternoon.  So I sent Susan and our driver, Ernst, to meet them and bring the baby back home.  Her name is Valentina and her mother is mentally ill.  Her aunt came with her and said that her mother has been mentally ill since she was 2 years old.  Mother gave birth and three days later, she was gone again.  She left Valentina with her father and grandfather.  Valentina on arrival 18 Feb 2010 (2) They have been feeding this newborn under weight and probably premature baby baby food in a jar!  Yes, your read that right!  No milk.  Only baby food!!  We now have her on IV fluids.  Her veins are horrible and Lori stuck her several times before finding a vein and the trip home made the IV stop running.  So then I stuck several more times before finding a vein.  She is now also getting some milk via a feeding tube into her stomach.  The aunt said that she just went to visit today and found the baby in this condition.  She took her to the clinic and realizes that she is in critical condition.  Look at her little ribs showing!  I told the aunt that Valentina is only bones!  Please pray for Valentina.


We received mail and lots of the mail was from Christmas time!  mailed donations 16 Feb 2010 (5) It was fun opening up boxes with Christmas presents for kids who were already home.  Some of the boxes were from people who heard that we were having trouble finding some food items and they made up little “care packages” for us.  How fun to get so many great items for cooking and candy too!  Thank you everyone who worried about us and went out and bought these items and sent them.  We send to you a huge “THANK YOU” and we’ll think of you as we have some wonderful meals from what you sent.  :-)



DSC09051 The Cross of Glory team brought lots of donations with them.  The team unloaded their suitcases mid-morning after spending a couple of hours with the children in the nursery.  Their donations ranged  from medical supplies to baby blankets and everything in between! After lunch, the team went to Fort Jacques and went through all of the boxes that they unloaded from the trucks yesterday, put together nice packets for 50 families and then brought them all down to the main house this afternoon!  We have kept them very busy since they arrived yesterday.  Either tomorrow or Monday, the team will take the packets to 50 families in the Kenscoff area who lost their homes during the earthquake.  GLA is working with the Mayor of Kenscoff to get tents and supplies to families who so far have received no aid of any kind.

The plastic surgeon that treated Vivianne and Steeve DSC01682 when they went through our patio door here at the orphanage is a partner in a large clinic in Petion-Ville.  We have been taking supplies to the clinic to help them out any way we can.  We recently took pain medication because they were treating amputations with Tylenol!  Now they have something a little stronger.  We have also been getting lots of dressing material for wounds.  The clinic has done amputations and lots of other surgeries.  I thought you would find the sign out in front of the clinic as interesting as I did.  It is in French, Creole, and English.  For a long time after the earthquake, many clinics and hospitals only offered care to the wounded and people with other illnesses had a hard time finding medical care.


Please pray for me.  I am having terrible back pain.  Many of you know that two years ago, I spent two months in the States being treated for 8 herniated disks in my lower back.  Well since the earthquake, my back is just getting worse.  Now the pain is running down into my legs.  I have a traction decompression machine here at home, but I have been afraid to use it because you have to strap yourself into it and it is difficult to get out of very quickly.  We have had so many aftershocks, that I did not want to get caught in it during a possible earthquake!  So my daughter, Laurie, told me that I should take it outside and use it!  That is a good idea, but I really don’t want to be outside if there was another earthquake either!  I thought about putting it in the back of a car, but I do not want everyone in the community looking at me either!  I may just have to do use the traction in the house and pray really hard that everything goes well!  LOL

And life in Haiti goes on…

14 comments (Add your own)

1. Carmen Rightmire wrote:
Hello Dixie~ Thank you for your most wonderful updates. You are being held in my most warmest and positive thoughts. And YOU and all of the children and families you help are in my daily prayers. God Bless You and the wonderful hard work you do. I wish I had 1/10 of your energy, compassion and strength. Keep up the good work! I need to read your blogs to help me remember just how blessed and lucky me and my family are. Our troubles seem so minor when I read all that you encounter. Again Thank YOU. I will cont to send good thoughts your way and you will be in my prayers in the days to come. Keep up the good work. Hope your back is better. Take good care. A new friend. ~carmen~

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 12:25 AM

2. Michaela wrote:
Praying for Valentina. What a sweet little girl. Who will look after her when she recovers?

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 4:24 AM

3. Candice Rogers wrote:
God bless you all. I'm praying for miracles to happen.

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 5:32 AM

4. Heather Baker wrote:
My boys and I will add Valentina to our prayer list today...Jesus, hold this precious baby girl. Heal her, strengthen her, make her whole...

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 6:06 AM

5. Wendy Van Den Berg wrote:
Dear Dixie, Thank you so much for taking the time to blog about your daily life. Words fail me to describe how we feel when we read about your journey, the people at GLA, the people of Haiti. We pray for all. God bless. The Van Den Berg family, BC, Canada

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 10:29 AM

6. Nichole wrote:
Bless all of you! I will pray that God gives Valentina the strength she needs to recover. She is in good hands now.

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 10:35 AM

7. Melinda Abbott wrote:
Dixie, my heart aches for this little children your latest blogs have been about. I cried when Peter died. God please heal Peterson and Valentina...bless you Dixie for being the person God wants you to be. My daughters and I have a drive collecting items for GLA. So far 100 flashlights, several rain ponchos and baby items coming soon.

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 11:05 AM

8. Tina wrote:
Dixie - you are very inspiring to me. I read your blog every day and prayed for little Peter who is with his Father in Heaven now. I will pray for Valentina at Mass tomorrow evening. You are all truly a gift from God and if I didn't have five children of my own I would volunteer every spare minute of my time in Haiti.

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 11:08 AM

9. Jenny wrote:
thank goodness she found her way to you--please keep us updated on this sweet little soul thank you for all that you do! It seems that you are much more efficent and effective in gettting out help to those around you than any large aid organization! We will keep collecting and sending donations to CO Springs to fly down to you

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 1:32 PM

10. D. Cox wrote:
Hi Dixie, I first heard of you from watching Adoption Story reruns. I was adopted by my aunt and uncle when I was 2.5. My daughter was not able to have biological children and adopted triplet boys from Ethiopia. They have been home in the states since 5 months of age and are now 3.5 years. They are adorable, but needless to say they keep their parents hopping. I hope your back is feeling better. I would love to come out and help as a volunteer but I am still recuperating from an Oct 2 traffic accident caused my a hit and run driver. I don't know if I will ever be allowed to pick up a child or a suitcase that weighs over 10 pounds, but meanwhile I am keeping abreast of what is going on via the internet. I didn't start reading your blog until the quake and your subsequent appearance on CNN. I am amazed at all the good your organization does. Those who are opposed to international adoptions, care centers, etc. have some legitimate concerns, but if only they could follow in your footsteps for a day and see what life in the trenches is really about. I applaud your efforts to help not only the children, but their families. God bless you and your staff. Dianne from So Calif.

Fri, February 19, 2010 @ 4:09 PM

11. Pascale wrote:
hi what about valentina today?

Sat, February 20, 2010 @ 4:13 PM

12. Allison Napps wrote:
Valentina is with God now and will never be hungry, will never again feel pain. She is cradled in angels arms and we should all be so lucky to be with her some day!

Sat, February 20, 2010 @ 4:21 PM

13. Pascale wrote:
oh no , i m sad ...

Sun, February 21, 2010 @ 6:31 AM

14. Kathi Monroe wrote:
Precious little Valentina....how many people she touched in her very short life. Thank you for letting us know about her from beginning to end. My heart is so sad for what she had gone through, but like you said, she is in glory now...in the arms of her Loving Father. Bless you and all you do....I am sure your heart has been broken many many times over, yet you continue doing God's work. Bless you so much!!!

Mon, February 22, 2010 @ 3:02 PM

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