Of Egos & Frustrations, of Friendships & New Life
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Anyone who has ever been in a situation that is outside their comfort zone knows that tension and stress levels are high. Frustration is common and not easily fixed. Frustrations from the lack of communication, lack of supplies, patient statuses and outcomes. Frustrations in the lack of ability to talk to and comfort my patients, to know they have life threatening diseses and they will die no matter what we do. The fact that everything is covered with flies- the back table, the surgeons, wounds, you name it, they are everywhere. No lap sponges, raytec, gloves, prepping solutions or any other basic supplies to be found. The only thing we have plenty of is patients and disease.
I was there when they told a 20 year old girl she had bone cancer and it had spread to her lungs and removing her leg wouldn't save her, but will help with the pain.
I helped with a little girl with a very bad infection that would take her life, I watched as her parents held her hands and begged anyone who walked by to save their baby. We weren't expecting her to live through the day. Everyone was scrambling to arrange transport to the States, which is a very lengthy process. She was finally able to be airlifted out to the States where she could get better treatment and have a chance of surviving. Last I heard, she was in an ICU in Florida and doing better.
Its hard to keep your moral up, but God doesn't let His servents wander alone. When life seems to be at its darkest, He sends out a light to remind you that there is more, whether its an encouraging word from a new friend, a smile from a patient, a box of very needed supplies appearing, a Subway sandwich flown in from the States or a new life coming into the world. Its when we look up that we see the bigger picture.
A baby was born today. A healthy baby girl. I wasn't there for her delivery, but the Mercy Works crew delivered her (one is an OBGYN) She's beautiful. Her mother and grandma let us pass her around and we got to coo and awe over one of God's miracles. It was one of our crew's first delivery, and she had been with the mom since she arrived at the hospital and was suprised and trilled when the grandma told her they would name the baby after her!
A long, busy day.