Tiburcia is a 68 year old woman who we saw around 3 PM yesterday. She had waited all day the day before and we were so overloaded with patients that she had agreed to come back the next day. She sat quietly in the waiting area all day and by the time I saw her, she was extremely ill. She was having very high fevers and extreme difficulty breathing. With our limited equipment we realized she was going into respiratory failure.
She has 10 children and 2 of her boys left for the U.S. in mid-January. She has good reason to believe that one is dead. She has given up hope and eaten little over these weeks. Her family had brought her to a doctor who had her on many meds that were making the whole situation far worse.
Our team came together, got an IV going, drove out for IV antibiotics, got her appropriate antibiotics and inhaler treatments and between all this and a little tylenol, she was able to be carried back home safely for the evening.
Much more to tell about this story and the power of God but this too, was a day that brought us even closer to these villagers and will continue to given us many more opportunities to work to bring healing of all kinds. Thank you all for your prayers and support - we all feel it here.
The group continues to astound me with their loving hearts and incredible capabilities and innate resources.