Hi! I am BACK!!!

Well, I have been back in Haiti one week already, but I just have not been able to blog.  It has taken me a little while to get used to the heat, humidity, and time zone!  Today, at staff meeting, I remarked that Melissa and Holli needed to blog everyday and they pointed out to me that I had not blogged in a L-O-N-G time!  I have received emails from people who are sure I am sick still or something is wrong.  Even my mother wants to know why I have not blogged since I came home and had my sister write to make sure everything is okay! 

Well, I can say as of today, I feel good.  I cannot believe how long it took me to completely get over that silly kidney infection and back on my feet again!  One good thing, I lost about 15 pounds while sick! And I am working to keep those pounds off and lose more.  Kind of scares me to diet because last time I started a diet, we had an earthquake!

So many things have happened while I was gone.  I came home to find two babies on CPAP and oxygen.  We think one of the babies has Downs  Syndrome.  Their names are Sophie and Sonya.  We also think both of them have a heart condition and will be taking them down to Petion-Ville to the cardiologist for an echocardiogram later this week.  We do not want to take them to Port-au-Prince because we do not think the girls might survive the trip.  We will take one at a time and thankfully, we now have a portable oxygen set up that will help them breath.  I will post photos of the girls tomorrow.  Sonya, the baby with Downs Syndrome, is for adoption.  Sophie was three weeks early and the hospital where she was born sent  her to General Hospital.  The parents were not happy and brought her to GLA.  One of our nurses knows this family.  Sophie’s mother is staying here at the orphanage most of the time to be close to her baby.  She is not very stable and needs oxygen and CPAP at all times.

The new water system is wonderful.  I can now wash glasses out in the bathroom and I am not worried about contaminated water.  We have never been able to do this!  Susan is certain this water treatment system has helped decrease the incidence of diarrhea in the nursery. 

Our lawyer, Mme Pierre, has decided that she will stay in the USA with her family and not return to Haiti this year.  So I am in the process of interviewing new lawyers to work with.  It is very difficult to find a new lawyer that we can have confidence in quickly.  Hopefully, by the end of the week, I will have someone picked out.

I have not been to Fort Jacques yet.  Will go on Tuesday or Wednesday.  I will give you an update of how things are going there after I have visited. 

I will try to write every night now that things are back to a more “normal”.

Please pray for Carrol Williams’ mother, Elizabeth.  Carrol is our adoption coordinator.  Her mother has Lymphoma and is critically ill.  It is very difficult to be so far away when a loved one is so sick.

I am glad to be back and glad to be blogging again!  Lots of news to tell you!

And life in Haiti goes on…

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Judy wrote:
Happy to hear you are well! Was wondering if the cholera outbreak had affected GLA. Praying protection over everyone!

Mon, November 1, 2010 @ 10:25 PM

2. faith wrote:
Dixie, do you have trouble placing downs syndrome babies? I wonder if your adoption process goes quicker for a DS baby due to the medical needs of a DS child?

Mon, November 1, 2010 @ 10:45 PM

3. Kelly D < :) wrote:
(((((((((DIXIE))))))))) Glad to hear you made it home safe and are over the kidney infection!!!! I am praying for the two new additions to our GLA family and look forward to seeing how God works in their lives! Tell Molly and Joyce HI for me!!! :) XO Kelly D < :)

Tue, November 2, 2010 @ 12:39 AM

4. Janice Larson wrote:
I kept looking for a posting from you everyday. When you husband posted, I read it carefully to make sure I did not miss something. I was very worried and prayed for your safe return to health. I heard yesterday, that Operation Christmas Child will be donating many boxes of gifts to Haiti. Will your orphanage be on their list??

Tue, November 2, 2010 @ 4:15 PM

5. barbara wrote:
glad to see you back missed your posts

Tue, November 2, 2010 @ 7:10 PM

6. anita geuze wrote:
Nice to hear that you're okay!You're home!praying!

Thu, November 4, 2010 @ 9:23 AM

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