Wednesday, we arrived at Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Hospital at 9 AM to meet the doctor. We didn’t see the doctor we had previously seen but we saw another one who was equally nice and spoke excellent English! She said that she had a tutor in English as a young girl. I was so thankful although Pastor Joshua Wesson, again provided translation service for us at the hospital. He even went and registered her for us so that she could get her medication. God has just blessed through providing such a wonderful person to kind of hold our hand as we go through some of these new experiences in a country where we don’t speak the language!
Frantina has been officially started on her medication! We must return every day to the hospital so that they can personally give her the medication and see that she swallows it! They only give the treatment Monday through Friday. No meds on Saturday and Sunday. I was rather SHOCKED and asked for an explanation. The doctor said that because of the high incidence of patient non compliance in taking their medication through lack of education or lack of commitment, they were finding that kids were not getting cured from their Tuberculosis. So to be sure they are given the medication on a daily basis, the government requires that they go to local clinics throughout the city and get their meds each day.
Of course, being the American nurse that I am, I said “even if you had TB, they would make you come to a clinic every day and not trust you to take your medication?” She replied, “yes, even me!” Now, I find that hard to believe, but maybe….? I just think there are probably ways around this! Just saying….
Finally, they said that after the first 60 days of treatment, they will give us a week of medication at a time. Wow! They are making an exception for us that we do not have to go to our local clinic but can go to the hospital to get our meds each day. I am glad because we know them and kind of know where to go. They agreed to this because they said since we didn’t speak Spanish that the local clinic would probably refuse to give us the medication anyway and would send us back to the hospital!
So, every morning we get up and wait until the morning rush hour is over and then head out to the hospital with our own bottle of juice to mix the medication in. We stand in front of the door where the TB department is located and wave to them to let them know we are there and then they eventually come and get us. The hospital is so HOT and I’m always so thankful to get into the air conditioned office! They crush up her pills, mix them in juice in a small syringe, and we hold Frantina down while they make her drink the juice! She is getting better and it’s that first taste that she hates! By the end of the syringe full, she is swallowing it down without crying! By the time we are through with the treatment, she will be opening her mouth and chewing the pills up! Well, maybe not! But, I can always hope!
Katie MacGregor comes on Wednesday. I will show her around on Thursday and be on the bus back to Haiti on Friday. It will be good to get home. I will then come back to Haiti in March when Frantina goes for her MRI and sees the surgeon again. Katie will stay for the whole time that Frantina is in the DR.
Katie is bringing a neck and back brace for Frantina when she comes. She will have to wear this most of the time. I don’t know if she will have to sleep in it or not. I need to read up on it a little more!
Please be praying for a safe trip for Katie and that she isn’t too jet lagged when she arrives. I can’t express how thankful I am that she is able to come and devote her time to Frantina’s care. It will help give Vivianne a little break from her daily care too.
Our weekend should be fairly quiet. We are trying to find a Haitian church in Santo Domingo that is close to us. So far, we haven’t had much luck.
Posted on Fri, February 10, 2012