It’s Tuesday and I’m in Edmonton, Alberta!


I received an email from Susan today telling me about some new admissions to GLA since I’ve been gone and also some kids who have gotten sick since I’ve been gone.

Beni returned to GLA.  Beni came to us after the earthquake when his mother died and the father couldn’t take care of him.  He did wonderful while at GLA and returned home several months ago.  His father and grandmother wanted to take care of him and keep him with them.  But after being home almost a year, he came to the Real Hope for Haiti clinic with malnutrition last week and papa said that he just cannot take care of Beni!  He wanted to put Beni for adoption this time.  Susan said that he is doing well and acted like he remembers people and has settled back in like he never left!

We also received a 4 week old baby girl who weighs 12 pounds!  That is really hard to believe and I asked Susan to have someone talk to the mother again and make sure of the baby’s birth date.  If 4 weeks is correct, then she is one of the biggest babies we’ve ever received!

One of the babies that came in a couple of weeks ago is sick.  His name is Mario and he came in with swelling and malnutrition.  Please pray for Mario.

Another baby is having some neck problems and the doctors cannot seem to find out what is wrong.  The Orthopedic doctor says it’s not anything related to her bones.  We will try to find another doctor who might take a look at her and see if her muscles on that side of her neck are twisted or what is wrong.  I’m hoping we can find a visiting foreign doctor here in Haiti that might take a look at her. 

We also received an 8 month old baby girl with is HIV positive at the moment.  Please send prayers up that she will convert to negative in the next year

Leaving British Columbia and arriving in Albert

On Monday, I spent the morning with Wendy Kittlitz and she took me into Vancouver to be interviewed for an article in an Adoption magazine for British Columbia families.  We then went to Trinity University, where Melinda Dewsbury, the adoptive mother of Wilde, works, and spoke to some nursing students and staff members and then to an introductory developmental psychology class about development among children living in an orphanage.  It was fun talking to the students and answering to their questions. 

Hopefully, by exposing the students to information about Haiti, orphanages, the children, volunteering, adoptions, and medical needs, they will think about these things and maybe someday volunteer in a mission or even adopt a child from a 3rd world country.  Maybe they will give some years of their lives working in a ministry somewhere outside of Canada!

Wilde Dewsbury Halloween 2011Melinda and Jeff Dewsbury then took me back to the their home so I could spend some time just visiting with them and Wilde.  yesterday was Halloween, so I got to see the children in their neighborhood dressed up and going from house to house asking for treats.  I have very fond memories of Halloween!  I know that many families today do not allow their children to “trick or treat”, but when I was a child most people did allow it.   We had one lady in our small town who every year made caramel popcorn balls and another that made taffy apples.  All of the children went to their houses first just in case they ran out later in the night!  I also fully understand why some families do not allow their children to “trick or treat” anymore. 

I then caught the 8:30 PM flight to Alberta and arrived at 10:45 PM.  Today is a quiet day for me.  I am supposed to go out to dinner with Glenn Thamer and some friends who have volunteered in Haiti.  I' am really cold today and my bones are “aching”.  I’m huddled under the covers in my hotel room trying to stay warm and I know that it is not really cold for Edmonton, but it is cold for me!  Confused smile

I have a couple of photos to share with you.  One is of a black squirrel which I have never seen before!  In the US where I grew up, we only had gray squirrels!  The other one is of Wilde and me at his house before I left.


Black Squirrel in BC 2011

Dixie and Wilde October 31 2011 in BC

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Stephanie C. wrote:
Continued safe travels, Dixie! Sent you an e-mail re Beni after reading Susan's posting on Sunday. We're actually the family that suggested Beni as a name when you asked for reader submissions last year. Hope you'll have time to read it. Always keeping GLA in our hearts and prayers.

Tue, November 1, 2011 @ 2:51 PM

2. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
Hi Dixie, well if you like black squirrels, we have a population growth of them here in Ontario!!!!! But don't confuse them with their black and white friends, the skunks - who presence is unforgettable!!! Looking forward to your time with us!

Tue, November 1, 2011 @ 5:29 PM

3. Jane Blannin-Bruleigh wrote:
I remember Beni leaving when Sharon and I were there volunteering. What a challenging time for him and for his family. So glad that GLA is there for him!!!

Tue, November 1, 2011 @ 5:30 PM

4. Karen Walker wrote:
Dixie, I think you meant to say that you pray the little 8 month old who is HIV positive converts to being NEGATIVE!? Are you able to access the P24 antigen test to know whether or not she is truly infected? Do you (or are you able to) have her on Meds?

Wed, November 2, 2011 @ 12:29 PM

5. Robyn wrote:
i grew up in BC and have lived in calgary for 4 years and i BET youre freezing! i LIVE here and its getting chilly lol and arent the black squirrels funny? whenever my parents come to visit they always comment on them, and too cute the little boy i do daycare for always insists theyre kitties lol hope you continue to have a good trip <3 stay warm!

Wed, November 2, 2011 @ 4:21 PM

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