Thanks to the Big Guy

Trip Start Oct 30, 2009
Trip End Nov 17, 2009

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Centro Pastoral

Flag of Peru  , Piura,
Saturday, November 7, 2009

Affirmation that the man upstairs is watching over our team came yesterday in a big way.  We had a normal morning, rounds and discharges- lots of happy and thankful families going home as well as new hopeful families showing up.  The surgical teams were rolling through like the well-oiled machines that they are and then things got complicated.  A patient who had a uterine fibroid removed began bleeding internally, everyone kicked into high gear like the well trained professionals they are. Of course there is no blood bank here, word spread quickly that we needed blood donors and two members of our team and two local hospital staff stepped forward so that this woman's life could be saved.  Interestingly enough when you're done donating blood here they bring you a beer mixed with milk?  carbs and protein the old fashioned way!  The surgeons went back in and fixed her up, sent her to Piura for a night in their hospital but she's in good shape now.  

A horrible situation was handled so well, everyone pulled together around this patient in their own way.  If it was donating blood, stepping in to care for other patients when the nursing staff was already stretched thin, taking on additional surgeries, saying fervent prayers-it all worked out beutifully.  I don't think that they even cancelled anyone's surgery who was scheduled yesterday despite the additional procedure.

An update on the older gentleman I mentioned a few days ago, the one who has the GI block...he's scheduled for surgery on Monday.  George and Gary are no doubt going to take great care of him although the prospect of surgery has him very worried.  He's lost so much weight and is extremely malnourished yet after being told yesterday that he was going to get surgery he froze and tried to tell us (after the doc had left) that he felt better and was going to go home.  Around here a smile and a pat on the knee can go a long way in making people feel less anxious so I'm trying to do that as I scurry by 500 times a day.  Think of him and his daughter on Monday- they are from a small mountain town and this whole experience is quite overwhelming for them.  Fun sidenote, he has a CAT hat that he's been wearing and I've been able to talk/gesture with him about my father-in-law who also is a CAT fan-I'm going to try to get some pictures up on my computer today to show him. 

An interesting experience yesterday was that we went to the market after lunch- it's so colorful and amazing to see how people get basic things-I had noticed in the shops where we hunt for diet coke that there was a lack of these items and there aren't stores like there are in the US.  There were stalls for shoes, clothes, household items and of course fruit and vegetables that were beautifully stacked (don't worry, I didn't eat any).  There also was the overwhelming smell of the meat that is hanging for purchase. I saw my first rat, and it was dead... I don't know if I can ever eat chicken again...

Tonight we are going to try some local fare at a restaurant and then I believe we're going to one of the discotecas...should be interesting!  Tomorrow is our day off-we're taking a 2 hour bus ride to the beach for some much needed R&R. 

Here are a few more pictures that Jenifer took, it's great having the photographer as a roommate when your camera is broken! 

It's wild to hear from people who have come across this blog-I had no idea that my first blogging experience would make it outside of my immediate circle! 
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Awesome affirmation of the power of prayer! Hugs and Kisses.

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