Monday, March 31, 2014

Lira!

Not sure if you remember this little boy, his name was Lira (11) years old. He had fallen down from about 10 meters (30 feet) and broken his back. This happened in September/October 2013.

I just received news that he passed away Saturday. Not sure about the circumstances, but he had been in and out of the hospital since the accident. He went home during my apprenticeship at Andranomadio. Before they left I asked them, the father, if they could keep me updated on how things went with him. Lira was so happy to be able to go home, despite being paralyzed. He didn't know for sure if he'd ever be able to walk again, because of the numbness in his legs. During the hospitalization he had some feeling, but not enough to be able to walk.

My prayer and thoughts goes to his family and friends. Just wanted to keep you informed, just like I promised.  

Friday, January 17, 2014

Andranomadio!

Some of you are only following me or reading this blog but not on my friends list on facebook.
I would like to get as many ppl involved in this project as possible.

Many of you know that I had my last apprenticeship at a hospital in Antsirabe, Madagaskar. At Andranomadio to be more specific. With that, there has been a thing on my heart to share and do for a long time.
During surgeries at the hospital, unfortunately the power often goes out. And then one have to use a flash light, a head lamp or your flashlight on your cell to get the operation done. That is unfortunately very common.
So I would like for you to consider:
Do you want to help with a donation to get a generator so that the "bloc" always will have power when they are in surgery!
Join the group Andrdranomadio, generator on facebook. And from there you can contribute toward a generator, if you like. No pressure to anyone - but when the money is all in - you will be notified.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Last day in Tana!

It's time to wrap things up and head back to Norway to finish up the bachelor degree =).

Time spent with lovely people, new friendships, new experiences, lots of memories for life - and nice and sunny weather.

A sunset overlooking Ranomafana in Antsirabe the last evening we were there.

Lovely time, I'll be back. If anyone want to come with me, just let me know =)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Internship in mercy ministry!

A fellow student Marie (also a friend) has joined me for a 2 weeks internship in mercy ministries here in Madagaskar. (It's part of our nursing curriculum). We have had some amazing times with people in the hospital, the Toby, feeding the poor of the poor, IRIS ministries among other things.

The Toby is a place where many poor people come and ppl with mental illnesses come or are being brought by family members. They come to get prayed for and get medicine for free. It's a ministry that is under the umbrella of the Lutheran Malagasy Church, and the ppl that are helping out are the deacons/shepherds. It's an amazing ministry, and lots and lots of ppl are getting prayed for, healed and set free from their misery. At this specific Toby there are 160 people living and among them there are 24 deacons, but only 19 of them stays at the premises and are responsible for the ill people. They are divided into rooms, men and women are separate - and they often have a couple take care of them. A few of the ill people are chained because they are a danger to themselves and to others. Chained at their feet, so that they can't walk very fast - and not run. Some because they would run away and get themselves in trouble. There are many stories and many destinies. But they are happy to be there and get help. Some of the deacons have been ill themselves, gotten well and have taken the course to become a deacon so that they can help others.

Marie and I played with the kids, sang with them, told them stories, played and drew pictures with them. Many of them are left to themselves because their parents are mentally ill. Some of the children are also ill, but the other children bring them along and we have play also.

They like to sing, and they wanted to learn more songs; so we tried to teach them some Norwegian songs and they sang as if they hadn't done anything but that =). So fun and so rewarding.

We also went with another friend of mine Bakoly, to feed the poorest of the poor. It was so powerful to c them all come in and listen to the Word first, then they had an offering before they would line up and get their cup of rice, 2 cups of beans and a little soap. Even if they are poor, they still have a smile on their faces happy to be able to hear the Word and then give some of what they have - before receiving. We have so much to learn from them! They gave out of the little they had, we give out of our abundance!!

Finishing up at the hospital!

7 weeks flew by, and there are so many stories to tell. I don't even know where to start, but glad that I wrote a few in the beginning of the stay.

Alih Johnathan had his surgery, and they came to c me at the hospital where he was born. All seems to be well with him and his parents, they were so happy and glad that things are good. They will have go come to Antananarivo for check ups on him fairly often - and the next time they will go c the doctor is when he'll get his stitches taken. It was a hug operation, and had taken the surgeons 3 hours to do it. The parents have said that they will keep me posted through a friend at the hospital in Antsirabe, Andranomadio.

The boy that had broken his back, I don't know what happened to him - but when they come for a checkup at the hospital they will tell my friend there so that she can tell me.

One of the ladies that I really connected with was a lady that was hit by lightning, she was sleeping in bed with her husband and 4 month old baby when it struck. Her husband and child died, but she survived. She was severely burned, 2nd and 3rd degree several places on her body. The left hand had to be amputated because it was completely burned. She was and still is with good spirit, and had good help in her family. The hospital bill got to high so asked to leave, and they didn't keep her. I hope and pray that she will be well. The painkillers she got for the burns were 500mg paracetamol 2x a day. Somethings that is hard for us to understand when we have morphine as pain relief for severe pain. They are so good.

Yet again a little insight to the the life and stories at the hospital!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Another week at the hospital!

I've been back in the pre- and post operation ward this week. There are so many destinies and so many stories it's hard to pick just one.

A lady was admitted on the 2nd of November, because she needed a c-section because of complications at home. The babies hand came out first, and they had tried to deliver it - and it didn't work. So she came and they had to do surgery on her, and unfortunately the baby was stillborn. Because of the long delivery, her uterus had tore - so they had to do a hysterectomy. This lady had complications in her belly after the surgery and hadn't eaten solid food since before the surgery. She was very week, but needed a bath. I lifted her onto a wheelchair, and then we took her to take a bath. After the bath she slept for some time, cuz she was totally exhausted. We got some soup and bread for her, so that she could gain some strength - but she hardly touched it - too week.

I talked with a doctor, and asked him to have a look at her. They had stopped her meds, because she couldn't pay. It was obvious that she had an infection, and I asked the doc to give her some - and that her bill would be taken care of. She was given antibiotics on the spot. This was right before the weekend, so I'm not sure how she is doing now. But will go have a look on Monday.

Another lady came in with a very low blood value (Hb; 2,1) technically she should have been dead. Normal value for a fertile lady is 11,7 - 15,3. Yes very pale and very sick. She received blood, which has to be given by either a family member or someone that are willing to give. Sometimes there are ppl that make money out of it, and charge a lot - and then ppl can't pay and the sick ones dies. But there are solutions also, they can take get a paper from the hospital and go to the military and find someone with the same blood type and then they give them a meal as payment.

Anyway - this lady was given 2 l of blood before they dared do anything. And then they realized that she was full of cancer and that there was nothing they could do. She was told that when she had finished the SAG (bag of blood) she would get some meds and then go home. The family was told that no surgery would help nor any meds, but that they should go home and get a priest to prepare her. It took some time for them to understand what was going on, but when they did - they didn't look at us anymore. She left a Saturday!

Friday, November 8, 2013

A little fellow!

This little guy had a twin brother, born 3 hours apart in a different hospital. They birth weight was 1800 gram each. That was about 3 weeks ago. He came to us, because he hadn't eaten since his birth and was dehydrated and sick. He got an iv, and NaCl for some days - before they started to give him his mothers milk. He was very small, but is now gaining weight and is 1480 g. Still small but he's a fighter.

What is happening with Alih Johnathan, well it's a long story - but I'll make is short. He haven't had his surgery yet. I'm not sure why, and there seems to be a lot of surgeries that are more serious than his. SO I believe that he'll be fine. When I get an update, on how things are it will be written =)

What about the boy that broke his back? He went home, and had more and more reflexes in his legs. But he still couldn't move them by himself. They were told to go home and come back end of the month. I hope to c him then, and I hope that he'll come walking. And yet again, I'll keep you posted on how it goes!