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Haiti is on EST, barely. I think its as far east as you can be in this time zone. It may be tropical, but its completely dark at 6.

Cazale is a good size town located a river valley in the mountains. Its about 35 miles NE of Port au Prince. After you turn off the pavement, your go very slowly over the roughest road you can imagine for about ±30 minutes. The bone jarring, teeth rattling, dirt and rock road is an adventure in itself. Its impossible to stay seated on the benches in the back of the truck. Well you could try but it wouldn’t end well. So you stand, feet firmly planted, knees slightly bent and hold on……tight!

 

 

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So, for some strange reason I can NOT understand (insert sarcasm here), data transfer can be a bit sketchy here. Email locks up fo no reason, web sites don’t load properly, and Facebook is  50/50% on success/fail (shocking……right? *insert sarcasm*)

My awesome amazing video will not upload. Please look for it on Tuesday when we hit American soil.

But……this is a snap shot I got of Tena playing ‘band’ w/ some kids in the ICU. She’s brilliant to have brought those instruments!

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Or kwash for short, is one form of malnutrition. It seems most of the older kids in the ICU are admitted with kwash. This type of malnutrition comes from a lack of protein in the diet. Many children here rarely, if ever, have meat to eat.

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These little feet belong to this handsome young man, Lemason.

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This deficiency causes the body to retain water. Mild cases can go unnoticed by the untrained eye…….don’t all babies and toddler’s go through a chubby stage? Advanced cases, however, are unmistakable. Their skin becomes painfully tight.  It literally begins to weep water and can begin to slough off.

Its a tough condition to treat. The body is retaining fluids, but the child can become dehydrated. Electrolytes and micro nutrients are also out of balance. So you have to try to get it all in balance. You’ll notice Lemason’s shoulders and chest are thin and fragile, while his legs and feet are puffy w/ fluid.

Remember Widnie?

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She’s recovering from kwash also. She’s lost her water weight, which as you can imagine brings on other challenges.

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These are her hands and legs. The skin becomes leathery, wrinkled and painfully dry. Lots of good lotion helps.

One of the ways these kids are helped is through a vitamin and mineral enriched peanut butter product. Medika mamba is the generic name often used for the Haitian product.  Plumpy Nut is the brand. This product saves lives in many ways…….its treatment for malnutrition AND its produced in country using native grown peanuts (which means jobs).

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Each child has a prescribed amount to eat each day. The amount calculated for specific child and adjusted as needed.

Each kid has their own container. Tena and I help fill them w/ the correct amount each night for the next day.

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I wasn’table to take many photos today. But Lemason and I did hang out, played w/ hot wheels, and did some drawing.

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The test for our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those that have too little. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Going about God’s business is messy work. The mess comes in many different forms~ Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Financial. Its painful. Its stressful. It can be brutal. It can be heart wrenching, soul shaking and overwhelming.

But- when we are about our Father’s business, there is a peace. As God’s work and will is done, it makes the MESS seem to be less.

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But the question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us. He is the inventor, we are only the machine.  He is the painter, we are only the picture. ~~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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Mana is 12 days old and only 2 1/2 lbs. He was too weak to breast feed. His mom left her village in the mountains at 3:00 am to walk alone to RHFH. No one in her family or village would or could come w/ her. She arrived at 11:00 am. Later she returned home alone and w/out her sweet baby, trusting God and his people here to save her baby.

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Widnie is my buddy. She’s fighting her way out of chronic and critical malnutrition. More on that later.

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Moms  know exactly what this is…….its juicy, wet, comes in many forms, is uncontrollable and mostly unpredictable.

THERE WAS A LOT OF LOVE GIVEN TO ME TODAY!!!

Liquid Love (Haiti style)

The 3 P’s of liquid LOVE- pee, perspiration, & poop (I’ll spare you the details……but there was A LOT & I had to leave the ICU to bath and wash my shoe).

The 3 S’s of liquid LOVE – snot, slobber & spit-up.

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All the infants in the ICU………lots of LOVE there!!!

I loved them all back, but in a much drier way.

***Side note, there is a severe baby wipes shortage here. Just sayin’…… 🙂

Bring on the love again tomorrow babies of RHFH. I’ll see you in the morning and we’ll start again.

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Isabell is a sweetie. She has many challenges. We do special exercises to make her strong and loosen stiff joints.

Please continue to pray for all these precious children.

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So, How was your day?

3:00 am – wake up  call
4:00 am – airport shuttle
4:30 – check  bags, and experience the joy of hassle free security (seriously, at 4:30 the TSA agents still have a personality and are relatively pleasant)
6:05 am – depart Nashville for Miami
9:00 am EST – 5 hr lay-over  begins, also known officially as The Miami People Watching Extravaganza, in appreciation of our participation we received an unplanned bones hour…..noteworthy viewings to be disclosed later
3:30 depart Miami for Port au Prince, Haiti
5:30 load all the bags into truck and depart for Cazale (riding in the back of the truck w/ the luggage, no picture available, please contain your disappointment)
7:30 WE MADE IT!!!!

Supper was waiting…….

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Yummy Haitian oatmeal!!!!!!

Our awesome accommodations were ready….

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Its been a richly blessed day of travel. It was completely dark upon our arrival, so I wasn’t able to take many photos today. But check back tomorrow!!!!

Bonus: The missionary families here have  4 school age kids. Each year, they hire a teacher(s) from the US to come here and work w/ the kids. This is their classroom.Its just across the hall from our bedroom.

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at least our bags are!!! Two blans (kreyol for white people or foreigners), 2 trunks (50lbs each), 2 LARGE checked bags (50lbs each), 2 carry-ons – of unknown weight, thankfully), & 2 back packs……..none of it possible w/out the love and support of friends, acquaintances, co-workers, family, church family, and God.

Thank you to each and every one of you!

Please remind others to follow our journey here on the blog! There will be more photos here than on Facebook. If you subscribe to the blog you’ll get a notification when I post new stuff!
Patiently waiting for breakfast to be served!

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(notice the lights aren’t even on yet)

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