This morning we showed up to a clinic we were hosting only to see that our nurse cancelled. Typical. So I started a game with the stuffed animals my friend Melissa donated and immediately turned the worried faces into smiles! Luckily a second nurse volunteered and over 250 children were seen today. The most common ailments were skin fungus (ring worm), intestinal parasites from the limited water during this national drought (we saw someone today filling jugs from a road water puddle), and rashes/infections from improper hygiene (lack of soap and water). We had mini-tubes of Colgate donated and you’d think they were mini tubes of dollar bills with the excitement upon receiving them… we also saw a lot of grandmothers who cared for our orphans who had arthritis. But we only had medicine to give them for two weeks. I always think back to the orphanage I visited 10 years ago where the management warned us not to give affection to the babies because after we introduce them to that a leave, we’ve created an even bigger void. Are these elderly caretakers not similar? They have chronic pain we treat for 2 weeks but then they go back to pain? I don’t want to question the nurses and we couldn’t afford chronic pain prevention anyway, but it’s something that tugs on my heart.
We were supposed to do a second clinic today but the school site was not opened. We saw some people under a tree and decided to just set up camp right there. Our idea was ‘set up free medicine under a tree and they will come’. Sure enough the line seemed endless for 2 hours as the kids lined up to see our Swazi nurse.
We then delivered food to 13 orphan families – emergency packages of rice, beans, soup mix, cooking oil, and more. We still have tons of families to go… more news tomorrow. Good news is the tanker finally delivered water to Raymond and our builders soothe construction will be full speed ahead on Sethus house!Its 1am here (long days!!) and if you know me, my bedtime is usually around 8:30…everyone else is snoring – particularly Myles (haha) so I’m calling it. Goodnight from Swaziland.