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6/25/04 (Friday)

I slept good although the night was short.  It seems I wake up about the same time every morning irregardless of when I went to bed.  The roosters may have something to do with this as well.  I am concerned about the ladies on whom we did the bladder repairs.  I hope their bladders work okay after the catheters come out today.  If not, we may have to send them home with the catheters and have them come back on Sunday or Monday.  There is no way to monitor their bladders here.  I don’t want them to have trouble since there is no follow up care at all.  When Jane goes back to Quito these people have nothing.  Yet, they needed help.  I wish Jesus was here physically so He could just touch them and they would be healed.  I have to remind myself that Jesus is here indeed – through Jane, Sheila, Paul, the staff, and me.  We all are the hands and fingers of Jesus.  He does the healing and He gets the glory.  Today, our cases are less involved and should be easier overall.  Maybe we can be done before dark.

I certainly have enjoyed the opportunity to communicate with Phyl via email.  That has been great.  I love her so much and I thank God for bringing us together 38 years ago.  She is an absolute delight for me.  Thank You, Lord, for Phyl!  Bless her today and help her as she is taking care of her mother.  Give Shelly and Rob, Darcy and Rodney safety on the road today.  Thank You, Lord, for my family.  You have blessed me beyond measure!  Amen.

10:00 PM.  This morning while we were eating breakfast a man carrying a boy came running up to the clinic.  The boy was bleeding badly from his face.  We intercepted him at the house where we were eating.  The boy had been bitten by the family dog and he lost a part of his nose.  We took the boy into the clinic and got him ready for surgery.  The man went back to his house and retrieved the missing piece of nose.  Fortunately, the dog didn’t eat it.  Jane and I spent the next couple hours getting my first surgery done and then putting the boy’s nose back together.  He lost in one quick dog bite the end of his nose and the skin around one nostril.  After surgery his nose looked whole again.  Hopefully, the tissue will take and heal.  It is like a full thickness skin graft.  The boy was 4 years old, named Jose.  He was such a trooper.  He bravely took on the strange people taking care of him.  He withstood the pain without even whimpering.  We even got him to smile before going to sleep.  We were glad to reach out in Jesus’ name to this family.

Paul giving Jose anesthesia

Paul giving Jose anesthesia

Jose's injury

Jose

Jose's injury

Jose's injury

Working together on Jose

Working together on Jose

Suturing the nose back in place

Suturing the nose back in place

Finished!

Finished!

6 months later

6 months later

Our surgery day went quickly after that.  One lady didn’t show up so that allowed us to finish by 5 PM.  Jane, Sheila and I went into town to walk around, take pictures and see some of the town.  We went to the park area in the center of the town and came upon a group of men and women all dressed in costumes playing drums and singing.  After they finished the crowd dispersed and the group came to us to shake our hands.  They then perfomed a song just for us.  That was really special.  We then walked down to the water and out on the pier to watch the sun set.

Marimba group

Marimba group

After this we walked through some busy streets and worked our way to the Continental Hotel where Jane and Sheila would stay when they came to San Lorenzo before the current lodging was built.  Rose, the manager of the hotel greeted us all in the usual Ecuadorian style – an embrace and a kiss.  She then treated us to her special ice cream she makes herself.  It was very good.

Jane, Rosa and me

Jane, Rosa and me

Back to the clinic by 8:30 or so to make round, send email and eat our supper.  While we were sending email, an older man and his wife appeared at the door requesting to be seen.  He had pain in his righ shoulder.  Jane checked him over and found tender shoulder muscles.  I checked him also.  Jane decided to give him aspirin.  She said they liked getting it in a shot.  For some reason it seems to do the trick.  She gave this guy a 5 cc slug of aspirin in his right hip.  It was a big shot and I’m sure hurt plenty.  The man got up from the exam table with his right hand grabbing his hip and his left hand grabbing his right shoulder.  He thanked us profusely and hobbled out of the clinic into the dark.  I guess this was the “take two aspirin and call me in the morning” Ecuadorian style.

It is time for bed and I am looking forward to a good night’s sleep.  Our supper was another soup – fish, potatoes and peanut oil/butter into which you mix rice.  It tasted good…supposedly a big favorite of the people here.  We have had various types of soup all week.  The Ecuadorians like soup.

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