Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Resting today

Today I am taking the day off and resting. Thankful for the day off to rest...the Lord knew I needed it. I am on oral antibiotics and just had an IM injection of antibiotics as well for a cellulitis that came to appear yesterday. Praying this would be a day of rest as I spend most of the day on the couch with my leg propped up. Probably the price I pay for going to the waterfall last Saturday.

We have a new staff member in the lab who has started training named Veronica. Please pray for wisdom as Irina and myself try to train her from no previous knowledge of lab stuff. It is more difficult for me to explain stuff in Spanish with my limited language. I am going to try to get something together for her with pictures today on my day off to help her learn the different areas of the lab.

Last week was a very busy week at the hospital as we had one critical patient that had never really recovered from his surgery the week before. We also had a little 8 year old boy come into the emergency room who had been bitten by a Barba Amarilla, a very poisonous and deadly snake down here. He had been bitten 4 days prior to coming to the hospital and was close to dead upon arrival. For those of you lab people, his hematocrit was a 10 and his blood would not clot at all. He was completely anticoagulated from the venom. He had a bite on one finger and on one of his legs. He immediately recieved the antivenom, and then a blood tranfusion. I had already tested the donor's blood the day before, so I just had to crossmatch her and draw the unit. What a blessing that I had done all the work the day before for our other critical patient who had not needed it. The Lord provided all in his timing. Within about 2 hours of coming to the emergency room, he had recieved the antivenom and was recieving his blood transfusion from one of our missionaries here. It is truely a miracle that he is still alive and is doing well. Two days after coming to the hospital for treatment, he also accepted Christ as his savior. I know that God has a purpose and a plan for this little 8 year old boy, just as He does for each and everyone of His children.

Blessings until next time!

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