| Feb 17, 2010
February 17, 2010 | Wednesday
As I mentioned yesterday, logistics can be quite an ordeal in a disaster situation. With our new team coming in, we realized the need for more transportation. So we went to Avis and rented a couple vehicles. Two days in a row, we had those vehicles break down on us, while trying to get the medical teams out to their clinics. We thought we had all the problems sorted through. Last night, Donnie, our Country Director, said: "You know, tomorrow will be really great if only we don't have any more car problems." Sure enough, this morning another one of the rentals broke down. Not to mention, after doing lots of reconnaissance and coordination with the 82nd Airborne, we showed up at our clinic sight to find another group already there -- a whole different story. So, we found other work for our medical staff to do and then we searched around town to find a new car we could purchase. We went to a dealership and asked for a bus. The picture above is what the salesman showed us... Some days you just can't win. Despite all this, our day actually turned out quite well overall. The Lord truly does have a plan in it all.
Later this evening I had a bit of a surprise. While sitting behind my computer typing away, Pastor Andre, one of our drivers, came up to me and said: "Kellen, come quick, I need your help." He then explained the situation to me saying that one of his pastor friends has a daughter who is sick and needed our help. He also said that she was right outside our compound. So I grabbed Jeff, our pediatrician, and went out to where the girl was. Turns out she was actually 32 years old so I didn't necessarily needed to have grabbed the pediatrician.
Needless to say, she got a thorough assessment by 3 doctors, 3 nurses and a paramedic. After our assessment, the docs narrowed it down to a liver or gall bladder problem and a bit of dehydration. I got the IV started and we started her on some antibiotics. After receiving a bag of fluids and a few other medicines, she left the compound and will return tomorrow for reassessment... A little evening excitement.