An Update from Dixie

17 January 2010 10:45 AM

Today, I am walking around in a fog.  The exhaustion has finally caught up with me and everyone else!  I went to bed thinking  I would get a good night's sleep and at 2 AM the nurses woke me up to start an IV on a sick baby!  Which just shows that these children are fragile!  If I did not have nurses working here and have some medicines in our cabinets, what would we do?  If I needed a hospital, it would be difficult to find one!  We have 3 more children with vomiting and diarrhea today plus some of the staff.  Is it just stress?  Is it a virus?  Is it something else?

Of course, after starting the IV, then I could not get back to sleep.  I tried doing my Sudoku puzzles but I just could not think logically enough to solve them!  Finally I went to sleep and then John's alarm went off at 5 AM and the dogs scratched on the door at 7:30.  So another night of broken sleep. (PS. any families wanting to bring me a little gift?  Bring a sudoku puzzle book.  I find them a great stress reliever!)

I look in the mirror and my hair needs a good washing,there are dark circles under my eyes, and my eyes are bright red and blood shot!  Yikes, who is that person staring back at me?   LOL

Everyone but Laurie, Susan,and I have gone to church.  We need church today.  We need the comfort of routine and being with other people.  Unfortunately, Susan is the only nurse for the babies, Laurie is trying to find water and fuel and answering the phones and I am trying to get some paperwork done that we will needed on Monday!  The pastor and his wife will come to the orphanage later to share a little message with us which will be very nice.

I feel like I am walking through sand or knee-deep mud today!  I know it is just from being tired, but I have so much to do that I cannot quit quite yet!  Hopefully, I will be able to take a short nap this afternoon to help get refreshed a little.

If I repeat myself, forgive me.  Days, Hours, Minutes are all starting to run together for me!  Can it truly have been 4 1/2 days since the earthquake happened? 

For those of you who are following our aftershocks, here is a great web site to watch: Earthquakes.

For all of you who are writing asking me about the welfare of biological parents, don't waste your time at the computer!  There is no way of knowing anything unless they contact us.  I have been having some parents call asking about the children and the orphanage!  We are trying to keep a record of anyone who called but it will be weeks before we can communicate this with adoptive parents.  I know for your peace of mind, you would like to know, but it just is not top priority for us right now.  Sorry...

I am sitting her listening to my laundry ladies signing and clapping along to their radio which is broadcasting Christian music.  It is very uplifting to hear them singing and rejoicing!

We are trying to keep the children's routines as normal as possible.  They are all doing well.  Probably better than all of us adults!  God has given children such a powerful ability to adapt to certain situations and especially if their routines are kept as normal as possible! 

And life in Haiti goes on...

11 comments (Add your own)

1. Andrea wrote:
I just want you to know I love what you are doing and have been spreading the word on my blog here in Colorado. www.centssaved.com Blessings, Andrea

Mon, January 18, 2010 @ 12:33 PM

2. Virginia wrote:
Do you need medical help at the orphanage? Do you need caregivers? (Short term missions)

Mon, January 18, 2010 @ 2:55 PM

3. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Virginia, We might, we're not really sure at the moment. To say the situation is fluid is an understatement. Tom

Mon, January 18, 2010 @ 5:36 PM

4. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Thanks!

Mon, January 18, 2010 @ 5:39 PM

5. Patience wrote:
I have been reading all the updates & wanting to serve. I emailed you earlier with the information. Please let us know & be specific on med supplies so we get what is needed. I have the list from several days ago, what about food for the staff & older children? Our prayers are with everyone whos hands & hearts are involved.

Mon, January 18, 2010 @ 5:58 PM

6. Nan wrote:
PRAYING for you all!!

Mon, January 18, 2010 @ 7:34 PM

7. Lynn wrote:
I am an RN with newborn experience. Is there a need for my help? My husband would also be willing to help with any area. Lynn

Mon, January 18, 2010 @ 7:43 PM

8. Patience wrote:
I have been reading all the updates & wanting to serve. I emailed you earlier with the information. Please let us know & be specific on med supplies so we get what is needed. I have the list from several days ago, what about food for the staff & older children? Our prayers are with everyone whos hands & hearts are involved.

Tue, January 19, 2010 @ 11:07 AM

9. Kylie Pak wrote:
Dixie and team, you are my personal heros! I admire you so much and pray for you numerous times througout the day. Please keep up the amazing work!

Tue, January 19, 2010 @ 12:04 PM

10. Virginia wrote:
My husband is a physician. I am a mother and teacher. Our church is mission-minded. I am resisting the urge to jump on a plane with bags of supplies and a heart ready to serve. I trust with the Lord's help we could mobilize a team if you give the word. Feel free to email me. In the mean time, we are praying. Peace in HIm- Virginia

Wed, January 20, 2010 @ 7:36 AM

11. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Lynn, There might be - we're still assessing those issues. E-mail jean@glahaiti.org if you want to get more info about volunteering as a nurse. Tom

Tue, January 26, 2010 @ 9:34 PM

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